Dubai Customs officers seize fake items being sold in Dubai.


UAE cleared off US watchlist on sale of fake goods


DUBAI – The UAE has been taken off the United States’ watchlist for the sale of fake goods as the global campaign for intellectual property protection (IPP) continues.

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) made the decision after the UAE made huge efforts to curb the sale of counterfeit goods in the country.

In April alone, Dubai Customs seized Dh1 million worth of fake designer bags, watches and other fashion items as part of a massive crackdown.

In Ajman, authorities clamped down on the sale of counterfeit items by closing down violating shops, as first reported

Similar crackdowns were also done in Ras Al Khaimah, where Dh50 million worth of fake perfumes were seized, and in Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Al Ain.

Speaking on the US move taking the UAE off the US watchlist, Minister of State Ahmed Ali Al Sayegh said the decision is “encouraging news”.

“It is our intention to build on this positive result and continue to strengthen and reinforce rigorous IPP rights across the UAE,” Al Sayegh said. ICA/Expat Media

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