Authorities have seized more than 38,500 fake goods, estimated to be worth Dh8 million, of over 30 international brands of clothing, bags accessories and other products in Ajman.
The Directorate of Control and Consumer Protection of the Department of Economic Development — Ajman (DED-Ajman) made the seizures during two inspections conducted by the Commercial Fraud Department of DED-Ajman in cooperation with Ajman Police and a trademarks representative.
The inspections are part of DED-Ajman’s continuing commitment towards combating the proliferation of counterfeit goods and also complements the department’s move to protect local consumers, it said on Monday.
Majed Al Suwaidi, director of customer relations department at DED-Ajman, emphasised that the inspection will continue as part of the move to seize illegal goods and take legal actions against violators.
The programmes, DED-Ajman said, fall in line with the department’s mandate to create a fair investment environment for consumers, which is also seen as an important element in economic growth.
Al Suwaidi stressed on DED-Ajman’s commitment in imposing stiff penalties to reduce or totally stop counterfeiting and commercially fraudulent activities.
He said: “We remain steadfast in our efforts to work closely with Ajman Police and the representatives of these international brands in the campaign to confiscate counterfeit goods, which include fake clothing, bags and accessories. We look forward to further intensify our actions by increasing public awareness about these pirated items and educate people about their consumer rights.
He added: “Moreover, we also look towards implementing strict guidelines and rules that help control the quality of products being offered in today’s markets. We urge everyone to report any instances of commercial fraud and related practices to DED-Ajman through our hotline number 80070 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.”