Thousands of counterfeit products seized in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development 'doubling down' on consumer protection

More than 9,000 counterfeit products were confiscated in the UAE capital between May and August, the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development has said.

The 9,148 fake items, which included spare car parts, electronic devices, clothes, cosmetics and accessories, were seized during more than 31,000 inspections at shops across the emirate.

The inspections came under the department's Commercial Protection Division, which aims to stop illegal business practices and protect consumer rights and intellectual property rights.

The division conducted 15,126 inspections in Abu Dhabi city, 10,860 in Al Ain and 5,339 in Al Dhafra region. A total of 3,234 items were confiscated in Abu Dhabi city and 5,914 in Al Ain.

Rashed Al Balooshi, undersecretary of ADDED, said the department was doubling its efforts to protect consumers and improve Abu Dhabi’s business climate by ensuring that companies operate in a competitive and sustainable environment.

The number of seized goods during the second quarter of the year decreased by about 150 compared to the same period last year, indicating only a slight improvement.

The department remains committed to preserving the rights of trademark owners and protect consumers from fraud, reported state news agency Wam.

Published: September 1, 2019 12:43 PM

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