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VIDEO: Millions of fake items seized in Dubai raids

Handbags, mobile phones and even contact lenses
Team shortlist28 Mar 2017 AT 02:04 PM
VIDEO: Millions of fake items seized in Dubai raids
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Successful brands always have streams of copycats ready to flog counterfeit goods. And the latest footage from a Dubai raid shows that the war on fakes isn’t easy.

Dubai Economic Department (DED) posted a video on Twitter showing millions of counterfeit goods from warehouse raids. One of the warehouses had over a million products including handbags, clothes, printers, cosmetics, watches and even contact lenses.

The second warehouse contained around 928 items and the third had 700,000, including five prominent perfume brands. The final warehouse had 252,000 items including cosmetics and cleaning products.

Ibrahim Bahzad, Director of Intellectual Property Rights Protection in the Commercial Compliance & Consumer Protection (CCCP) sector in Dubai Economy, said that the raids took 48 hours and were followed by 14 days of investigation.

“Dubai Economy is committed to translate the directives and vision of the Government of Dubai to promote economic activity. Combatting commercial fraud and protecting goods and services against duplicating their brand or logo are part of the strategic objective of Dubai Economy to improve confidence among businesses and investors, and enhance overall competitiveness in Dubai,” Behzad said.

"People promoting and selling counterfeits use innovative tricks. Some of them import the goods in pieces and then assemble it here, and they even use remote or misleading locations to stock such goods. We work closely with global brands to train our inspectors in identifying counterfeits and we update trademark owners on local developments in combatting counterfeiting," he added.