Abu Dhabi Customs will recycle 578 counterfeit goods worth AED 2 million in Q1 2022

Abu Dhabi Customs has recycled 578 counterfeit international branded goods valued at AED 2 million seized from customs centers in 2022 and the first quarter of 2023.

Counterfeit goods that were recycled to be turned into materials that could be used in other areas included leather accessories such as bags and clothing, watches and belts, cotton and sportswear, and a range of smart devices such as wired and wireless headphones.

Counterfeit goods that could not be recycled were destroyed after meeting environmental and legal requirements in the logistics zone of Abu Dhabi Airport Customs Center in the presence of Shredex, a company specializing in recycling operations, and representatives of relevant brand owners.

Fahed Gareeb Alshamsi, Executive Director of Support Services Sector at Abu Dhabi Customs, said: “Protecting intellectual property rights is a top priority for Abu Dhabi Customs given the UAE’s key strategic goals of achieving global leadership in creativity and Innovation.

“We firmly believe that we are the first line of defense to protect society and its economy from commercial fraud. Therefore, we are constantly working in cooperation with strategic partners to intensify efforts to prevent smuggling of counterfeit and adulterated goods into the markets by supporting the security preparedness of customs centers and improving their inspection capabilities with the latest technology-based detection devices and advanced techniques. Increasing the efficiency of Abu Dhabi Customs inspectors and their ability to distinguish between genuine and counterfeit products and goods, and fostering partnerships and collaborations with brand owners to protect the security of society.

“By recycling counterfeit goods to protect the environment and protect against harm that contravenes applicable environmental protection laws in the UAE, consumers are educated about the use or trade in counterfeit goods. This will contribute to society, the country’s economy and the importance of protecting intellectual property rights to enhance the sustainable development process for business continuity and economic prosperity.”

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