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Dubai Customs strengthens its efforts to combat counterfeit goods of Japanese brands in cooperation with Japanese companies and traders

2017-12-02

In support of the development of the United Arab Emirates trade with Japan, the Dubai Customs Department has stepped up its efforts to combat the smuggling of counterfeit goods to Japanese brands through the customs ports of Dubai. Confronting attempts to smuggle counterfeit goods to Japanese brands.

This came during the participation of the Department of Intellectual Property Rights Protection at Dubai Customs in a workshop on combating counterfeit goods organized in Dubai by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in Japan in coordination with the Japanese Foreign Trade Authority (JETRO) in Dubai.

“The UAE attaches great importance to the protection of intellectual property rights to enhance the ability of individuals and companies to capitalize on their efforts to develop new ideas and innovations in accordance with the directives of our wise leadership,” said Yousef Ozeir Mubarak, Director of Intellectual Property Rights Protection at Dubai Customs. And the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, that creativity and innovation are the engine of our economic growth, while protecting the society from the damage and risks of goods The UAE is among the best countries in the world and the first Arab in the field of intellectual property protection and the fight against piracy

“Dubai Customs is keen to address all forms of counterfeiting and fraud that negatively affect the growth of foreign trade. We are working to tighten the control of all customs ports in Dubai through the development of inspection mechanisms through innovative methods that accompany the era of speed in the world to protect society without delay in procedures. The Department also pays great attention to educating and sensitizing customs inspectors. A specialized work on the protection of intellectual property rights is organized in partnership with trademark representatives to keep our inspectors informed of all attempts at imitation of original goods. “

“The Department of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) in Dubai Customs was established in 2005 to become the first department of its kind in the customs authorities and departments in the Middle East. The Department supervises the implementation of Dubai Customs for all procedures and measures stipulated in the local agreements and laws. And federal, regional and global, which means the protection of intellectual property rights, and to address attempts to smuggle counterfeit goods to trademarks through the customs ports of Dubai. The number of intellectual property seizures completed by Dubai Customs in the first half of 2017 And 133 seizures with a total value of approximately AED 72.6 million, and in 2016 the number of seizures of intellectual property amounted to about 218 seizures valued at the estimated 62.5 million dirhams. “

He added that Dubai Customs is working to raise the awareness of the society about the dangers and damages of counterfeit goods. The number of awareness events organized by the Department for all categories of society in the first half of this year reached 31, and organized 68 awareness activities in 2016, . The department will devote a large part of its awareness activities to intellectual property rights for children and new generations. The department organizes annually the Dubai Customs Award for Intellectual Property in schools and universities to encourage students to participate effectively in countering the proliferation of counterfeit goods. The Dubai International Children’s Film Festival (DIFF) and the Dubai International Children’s Film Festival (DIFF), which are sponsoring the awards and beneficiaries of the awareness campaigns that have been held since its launch until the end of the academic year 2016-2017 to about 165,824 students from 170 schools and 30 universities. children”.

“Japan is one of Dubai’s top trading partners and Japan ranked fourth among the top countries in the value of imports to Dubai in the nine months from January to September 2017. Dubai’s imports from Japan during this period 28 billion dirhams, so we are keen in Dubai Customs to support the growth of trade with Japan and is working to combat the smuggling of counterfeit goods to Japanese brands to the UAE through the customs ports of Dubai.

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