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Dubai Customs resolves 390 IP disputes, recycles counterfeit goods for 221 brands in 2022

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Dubai Customs resolves 390 IP disputes, recycles counterfeit goods for 221 brands in 2022

Dubai Customs, represented by the Intellectual Property Department, resolved 390 IPR disputes that included 14.788 million counterfeit items in 2021. The Department also recycled 2.112 million counterfeit items for 221 brands, and registered 437 new trademarks and 189 trade agencies last year.

To raise awareness around the importance of intellectual property rights, the IPR Department organized 8 community awareness activities and 11 events for schools and universities, and organized 10 workshops on combating counterfeiting in cooperation with trademark owners.

“We are continuously developing our skills and performance to combat counterfeit goods and prevent their entry into our local market with the help and cooperation of our strategic partners,” said Yousef Ozair Mubarak, Director of IPR Department. “At the same time, we are active in raising awareness around protecting and preserving intellectual property rights, and towards this end we organize lectures targeting all social segments and target customs inspectors with training workshops to help them gain more hands-on experience on how to recognize genuine products from fake ones. Combating counterfeiting will help protect the society from the hazards of counterfeit goods, and attract more investments into the country.”

About Dubai Customs

Dubai Customs is one of the oldest governmental departments. Previously known as farada (collection of taxes and duties imposed on the imported goods), Dubai Customs was named “The Mother of the Departments” for its long history. Some current governmental departments took offices in the old customs building and were financed by the revenues collected by the customs department. The departments developed to have their own buildings later on.
With more than 100 years in operation, Dubai Customs went through several phases before institutionalization in the reign of the late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, who has established an official office to manage Dubai affairs in the first floor of the customs building. This reflects the importance of the customs department and its position in the Emirate of Dubai renowned for trade and traders.
Dubai Customs continued the organizational development and gained good reputation at the regional and international levels. By virtue of its advanced infrastructure and state-of-the-art management facilities and services, Dubai was a destination of choice for investors and businessmen. On 1 April 2001, Dubai Customs entered a new stage when the Late Sheikh Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai issued Law No. (1) Of 2001 establishing the Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation i.e. merger of Dubai Customs, Dubai Ports and Free Zone Authorities.
On 1 May 2001 HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-president, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, who was then Crown Prince of Dubai and Minister of Defense and President of the Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation issued a decree appointing Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem as an Executive Chairman of the Corporation. Being a part of a major corporation contributing to Dubai’s economy, Dubai Customs started to reconcile its new organizational position. To do so, a comprehensive review to its structures and operations was conducted.




Britain’s Prince William views Dubai Customs’ experience in preventing wildlife trade

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Britain’s Prince William views Dubai Customs’ experience in preventing wildlife trade

Expanding on the solid connection between the UK and the UAE, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, visited Jebel Ali Customs Center, as a part of his first authority visit to the UAE.

The second-in-line to the British throne landed in Dubai Customs’ Jebel Ali Center on Thursday 10 February 2022.
The UK royal found out about Dubai Customs job in battling ill-conceived exchange merchandise that disregard the arrangements of the Treaty on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

Dubai Customs works together with the DP World to cut short such activities. The in-house built Smart Risk Engine intercepts suspicious shipments following a sophisticated 128-point system. A thorough scanning by the advanced container scanning system at Jebel Ali Customs Center follows this, which helps in aborting illegal wildlife trade.

The illegal wildlife trade is among the five most lucrative global crimes and is often run by highly organized criminal networks. Prince William founded United for Wildlife with The Royal Foundation to raise awareness of this serious organized crime and bring motivated leaders from business, law enforcement and charities together to bring about a more significant response than
conservations alone.

The DP World owns the Jebel Ali Port, the Principal Partner of United for Wildlife. They have been instrumental in recognizing this vision and raising awareness of action on this issue. The headquarter of the DP World is in Dubai and handles around 10% of global container traffic across its ports and terminals worldwide.
During his visit to Jebel Ali, They gave Prince William a port tour to see the scale of operations at the Middle East’s largest port. They showed his Royal Highness a live demonstration of cargo being unloaded from ships, the journey through customs, learning about how cutting-edge new technology can be deployed to identify trafficked wildlife items and support enforcement investigations.

Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO, DP World said “As a leading global logistics business, we recognize the important need to address the rising concerns posed by the
illegal wildlife trade, which not only impacts biodiversity but has ramifications for our planet and local communities. We are taking extensive measures to tackle the issues, including collaborating with United for Wildlife and technology companies to develop processes to improve the detection of illegal wildlife cargo.

Jebel Ali Customs Center completed 2.814 million declarations in 2021. Dubai Customs has recently seized 64 falcons that were being brought into the country. They have been found hidden in the back of a lorry as smugglers attempted to transport them across
the Hatta border.

In recent years, Dubai Customs made 197 CITES-listed seizures, and to enhance cooperation in this regard, it signed an agreement with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) towards more cooperation in preventing illegal wildlife trade.

H.E. Sultan bin Sulayem, DP World Group Chairman & CEO and Chairman of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation had earlier said “Fruitful cooperation between DP World and Dubai Customs in fighting illegal wildlife trade and trafficking of CITES-listed items has had tangible results, thanks to the advanced interception and inspection systems at Jebel Ali Customs Center and their highly professional teams”.

Dubai Customs’ experience in this regard has become an example to follow worldwide following the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime
Minister and Ruler of Dubai.”

Following on the report, H.E. Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, Director General of Dubai Customs, CEO of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation highly applauded Prince William’s efforts in protecting the environment. These efforts were culminated in launching the Earthshot Prize, an ambitious environmental program aimed at finding new ideas and technologies around the world to tackle the climate crisis and Earth’s most pressing challenges.

He later concluded by saying “Dubai Customs is committed to its role in implementing the CITES treaty provision, which the UAE joined in 1990. Our Smart Risk Engine is one of the most sophisticated systems in analyzing risks following well-studied plans. There are six inspection systems in place at Jebel Ali Customs Center, with a capacity of checking and inspecting 900 containers/hour.”

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Dubai Customs Confirms Seizure of 1.5 Tons of Prohibited Captagon

Dubai Customs confirmed a successful start to 2022 with the thwarting of the country’s largest haul of crushed captagon, known as an illegal stimulant, earlier this week according to a recent release.

A whopping 1.5 tons of the substance was discovered by duel efforts by the Customs Operations Room at the Sea Customs Center Management and the customs port control project, Siyaj. This successful inspection and protective outcome further positions Dubai Customs and its affiliated partners as leaders in protecting consumers and markets from illegal and potentially harmful materials, substances, and products.

“Safety and protecting our society is a strategic priority,” said H.E. Sultan bin Sulayem, DP World Group Chairman & CEO and Chairman of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation. “This balance between protection, safety and security from one side and facilitating trade and tourism activity is not compromised. Dubai Customs’ people are very professional and always on the lookout for any illegitimate and suspicious activity without disrupting shipment clearance operations. This operation is an example of what we do to secure our borders. Dubai is, and will always remain, a safe place for investment and trade following the wise directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and in fulfillment of the emirate’s bold plans and projects.”

Counterfeit and illegal products and substances are an added layer of potential disruption along the supply chain, particularly for customs clearance and affiliated operations. Dubai Customs proves once again the importance of reliable partnerships as a key driver throughout the process. Thwarting the clearing of such substances is not new for Dubai Customs, though. In 2019, an estimated 10.715 million pills in a matter of months.

“Dubai Customs never ceases to develop and improve their inspection systems. We have plans set to monitor, follow and intercept high-risk shipments, supported by our highly trained inspectors and sophisticated systems and devices.”



Dubai Customs continues to position itself as a leader in countering illicit product transport, with regular reports showcasing the efforts and successes throughout each year. Dubai Customs remains one of the leading organizations in halting counterfeit imports in the supply chain. Additionally, the organization continues to lead efforts in sustainable solutions for discarding seized products. In 2020, the organization recycled 1,906 counterfeit items ranging from computers to athletic shoes and mobile headphones.

In this exclusive Q&A with His Excellency (HE) Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, director general of Dubai Customs, we get a behind-the-scenes peek at how the organization continues protecting consumers and the environment from counterfeit products and the international supply chain from illicit trade.

Global Trade (GT): Please discuss how Dubai Customs has successfully stopped counterfeit products from entering the supply chain.

HE Musabih: Dubai Customs works to perform all UAE obligations under international trade regulations and agreements and pays great attention to the protection of intellectual property [IP] rights. These efforts have led the United States to a decision to remove the UAE from the Watch List for Intellectual Property, according to the annual report of the Office of the United States Trade Representative [USTR], an affiliate of the U.S. federal government, on the Intellectual Property Protection. 

The total number of IP disputes resolved by the department in the first quarter of 2021 was around 81 disputes, with an estimated value of AED [Emirati dirham] 11.3 million. In 2020, 255 IP disputes were resolved, with an estimated value of AED 62.2 million.

One of the most prominent seizures carried out by the department was the foiling of the smuggling of 58 counterfeit goods of oil and gas pipes based on a complaint received by the department from [Middle Eastern IP consultancy] Cedar White Bradley regarding counterfeit goods loaded in four containers coming from an Asian country to Dubai. The goods were to be brought to the UAE as original goods of oil transport pipes bearing the Vallourec trademark. These pipes posed significant risks to the environment as they were not capable of withstanding high pressure that the original pipes of that trademark were designed to withstand. This could have caused serious environmental damage if the counterfeit pipes reached the country of origin and were used for oil and gas projects.

Our efforts to combat counterfeit goods have resulted in the application of a series of measures and steps adopted by the department to resolve IP disputes relating to trademark counterfeiting goods. These measures and three steps are as follows:

1. Customs inspectors in our customs checkpoints suspect counterfeit goods through inspection activities.

2. Counterfeit goods are pre-monitored by the Smart Risk Engine System developed by the department to identify risks in commercial shipments prior to their arrival to our customs checkpoints.

3. A trademark infringement complaint is filed by the trademark owner or its legal representative.

GT: What role does technology play in halting counterfeit trade? 

HE Musabih: Advanced electronic systems and applications effectively contribute to countering attempts to smuggle counterfeit goods through pre-monitoring of risks in commercial shipments. Dubai Customs has developed the Smart Risk Engine System to manage and analyze customs risks efficiently to determine risk levels in future shipments and track prohibited, restricted goods and counterfeit goods before they reach customs posts of Dubai. This process is completed by inspection and detection by highly skilled customs inspectors. 

Last year, the department organized 10 workshops that were attended by 309 participants to familiarize customs inspectors and officials with how to distinguish between counterfeit and original goods. In the first quarter of 2021, two workshops were organized, which were attended by 68 participants.

The technology used in risk management has enabled us to control counterfeit goods. For example, the Customs Intelligence Department and Air Customs checkpoints management inspectors worked in coordination with the IPR Department to successfully thwart an attempt to bring a shipment bearing the “Vaseline” counterfeit trademark in the quantity of 17,280 packages coming from an Asian country via air freight, with a market value of about AED 400,000. 

GT: What are some best practices Dubai Customs recommends for preventing counterfeit/illicit trade?

HE Musabih: Prevention of illicit trade of counterfeit goods is an integrated process that should include thwarting the smuggling of goods across borders through cooperation between customs departments, border control and partnerships with the private sector represented by trademark owners. This requires development of the technologies used in inspection activities and improvement of the performance of customs inspectors through continuous training while raising awareness among consumers of the dangers of counterfeit goods.

The IPR Department, through the Awareness and Education Division, contributes to raising awareness about the importance of implementing the IPR Policy internally and externally, so that internal awareness activities target customs officials and inspectors while external awareness events organized by the department target all groups of society. The number of awareness events organized by the department in the first quarter of 2021 to inform customers, partners and the public of the importance of protecting intellectual property rights, reached 12 awareness events. There were 1,394 beneficiaries of these events, including inspectors, government department staff and school students. In 2020, about 46 awareness events were organized with 2,358 beneficiaries from these categories.

The department applies environmental sustainability standards in combating counterfeit goods to achieve the UAE Agenda for Sustainable Development by stopping shipments containing counterfeit goods while avoiding environmental damage resulting from their destruction, through recycling of counterfeit goods. Through these operations, Dubai Customs prohibits the re-export of counterfeit goods to limit the trade of these goods in the world. The department has recycled about 510, 000 pieces of counterfeit goods of 26 trademarks during the first quarter of 2021. In 2020, about 161,800 counterfeit goods of 60 trademarks were recycled.

GT: How does Dubai Customs ensure the security of the supply chain?

HE Musabih: Dubai Customs is making its best efforts to prevent counterfeit goods, having allocated substantial budget to develop its system of procedures through smart devices and innovations launched by the department with a view to improving its ability to counter smuggling attempts, most notably high-capacity scanners [X-ray]. Goods within containers are detected with six scanners operating under the Advanced Container Scanning System in Jebel Ali, with a capacity of scanning 900 containers per hour. These are supported by the operating room, which follows up on operations in customs checkpoints in addition to the Early Trademark Information System and the Smart Risk Engine System targeting risk shipments.

We have an intelligence-led approach to preventing illicit trade, which relies on effective data collection and analysis, risk profiling and targeting. The comprehensive system uses technology to support public awareness, detection, enforcement and sector-specific intelligence around illicit trade and smuggling activities that pose risk for the economy and the society. But when it comes to tackling illicit trade in counterfeits, we believe that improved IP enforcement and regulatory compliance are key, but this alone will not be enough without engaging all stakeholders and consumers through enhanced consumer protection and public awareness initiatives to ensure demand for counterfeit products is reduced. 

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Intellectual Protection Efforts from United Arab Emirates (UAE) cause United States to lift UAE from Watch List of Intellectual Protection (IP)

United Arab Emirates (UAE) reaches a new milestone in Intellectual Protection (IP) from the United States Trade Representative (UTSR) decision to remove UAE from the watch list for IP protection and enforcement. In the UTSR annual report, it was reported that the UAE applied adequate and effective measures to protect and enforce intellectual property rights as per IP related international standards and global best practices. The annual report highlights the compliance and increased efforts of UAE that lead to the removal of the watchlist after longstanding IP concerns.

The UTSR stated in the report on global IP compliance that the UAE made progress on longstanding IP enforcement lead by federal authorities and local governments pushing a series of IP enforcements on longstanding IP enforcement standards. The decision holder H.E. Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, CEO and Chairman of DP World Group and Chairman of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation (PCFC), welcomed the decision of the taking the UAE off the watchlist and underlined the UAE for the commitment in implementing IP regulations.

H.E. Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem stated, “We are pleased that Dubai Customs’ IP efforts have contributed to this achievement by the UAE. This underpins strategic plans to increase foreign trade growth, in fulfillment of the wise leadership’s directives and particularly the trade roadmap vision approved by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, which sets out a five-year plan to boost Dubai’s foreign trade to Dh2 trillion,” as he boosted over UAE performance.

Efforts by Dubai UAE POV:

H.E. Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem explained that Dubai Customs has been actively engaged in tackling the illicit trade of counterfeits, while being in full corporation with the US and other foreign bodies. The Dubai Customs works in tandem with the IPR departs to enforces intellectual property and trademark laws by making sure that any IPR infringing goods are seized to prevent from entering local markets.

H.E. Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, Director General of Dubai Customs said, “Dubai Customs has long been steadfastly committed to intellectual property rights protection. In 2005, we established the IPR department, the first of its kind at the level of customs authorities in the Middle East, with the aim of optimizing coordination amongst different customs units and centers in the area of enforcement and protection of intellectual property rights,” when describing Dubai Customs efforts in protecting IPR laws.

In 2021, Dubai Customs organized twelve workshops to introduce training of distinguishing between counterfeit products targeted at 1,394 staff and students. This training led to Dubai Customs resolved 81 intellectual property disputes, with an estimated value of Dh 11.3 million and recycled 510,000 counterfeit items for 26 international brands.

The Director of the IPR department, Yousuf Ozair Mubarak, mentioned that Dubai Customs teams constantly communicate with US and foreign countries to understand their needs and requirements in respect of protection and enforcement of the IP rights to ensure business interests of their partnering organizations.


Dubai Customs Confirmed for BAI’s Agile Organization Certification

Competing against four private sector companies from around the world, government organization Dubai Customs achieved the highest agility rating by the American Business Agility Institute in addition to earning the organization’s coveted Agile Organization Certification. This represents a significant milestone for Dubai Customs as they are the first and only government organization to receive the certification.

“Dubai Customs has made great progress in building competencies to achieve the highest level of corporate agility,” said Sultan bin Sulayem, DP World Group Chairman & CEO and Chairman of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation. “Quick adapting to change and going the extra mile to build products and services that continuously exceed the expectations of their customers is what sets Dubai Customs apart. Businesses develop strategies to manage the future and predicating it, but this works well only in an unpredictable market. We no longer live in such a world. We have to be more agile to adapt to the change.”

BAI reported that Dubai Customs remained in the top 10 percent among the thousands of companies and organizations considered. Senior management in conjunction with corporate agility teams were cited as a significant driver behind Dubai Customs’ success and achieving this recognition.

As part of the process for evaluation, factors including agile mindset and culture, authorization and ownership, diversity, equality and integration, psychological wellbeing, individual development, vision and mission, client-focused services, agile operations, external stakeholders, transparency, and quality are all assessed for final determination.

“We continuously develop our levels of agility within our vision of developing the customs field to achieve the best results in facilitating global trade and protecting the society,” said Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, Director General of Dubai Customs.

“The standards of the Dubai Government Excellence Program and the corporate agility model serve as the roadmap that we follow to achieve corporate agility. This renowned certification is reflective of our persistence and hard work. There are corporate agility teams in the department that manage risks and stimulate innovation. This is the prerequisite for going into comprehensive development in the next 50 years. We have learned a lot from the current covid-19 crisis, this included our quick response to the emergencies and turning challenges into opportunities. We have dealt with it with professionalism and agility and managed to facilitate global trade and provide quality services during what has been a testing time for all.”


Dubai Customs Earns Second PMO Award for 2020

The world’s largest award by the PMO Global Alliance selected Dubai Customs for the coveted award recognizing them as the “Best PMO in the World” for 2020, right after being named Asia-Pacific PMO of the Year in August. The PMO Award is known as the largest of its kind globally and highlights exemplary practices in international standards and exceptional project management for economic development-focused projects. This year’s annual ceremony was conducted virtually on October 29th and featured delegates from across the globe.

“We have implemented comprehensive development plans that integrate global project management best practices based on AI applications and advanced technologies run by skilled and highly motivated teams,” HE Sultan bin Sulayem, DP World Group Chairman & CEO and Chairman of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation said. “Inspired by the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, we follow an innovative project management methodology that seeks not only to promote sustainable development but also turn challenges into opportunities.”

Dubai Customs maintained its competitive position against private companies and government departments with a total of 125 projects worth AED 350 million implemented between 2007 and 2019 paired with a business-minded approach. These and the implemented technology-focused integrations continue to support economic vitality and development support.

Juma Al Ghaith, Executive Director of Customs Development Division at Dubai Customs added:

“As part of its digital transformation strategy, Dubai Customs’ future projects are driven by fourth industrial revolution technologies like AI and blockchain. Our projects seek to better facilitate trade operations, automate customs procedures and reduce cost on clients. Projects managed by Dubai Customs’ Development Division have reduced operational costs of clients by AED898 million, generated revenues of AED384 million, reduced internal operational costs by AED561 million, and safeguarded AED25 billion worth of customs revenue.

Dubai Customs has achieved a 100% digital transformation, which has enabled us to raise the happiness levels of clients to 98%. Key projects that have made this possible include the Mirsal System developed in house by Dubai Customs. The project was praised by the World Customs Organization as one of the world’s leading customs systems and adopted by the Federal Customs Authority to create a unified customs system integrating all local customs departments in the UAE.”

Source: Dubai Customs
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Dubai Customs Announces First-Ever 24/7 Integrated Control System for Trade Security

Thanks to a unique blend of artificial intelligence, drones, a K9 unit, and a rapid intervention team, Dubai Customs has officially launched the first integrated control system in the world. This system has been termed as the “Siyaj (Fence) Initiative” and fully supports efforts against counterfeit trade shipments while progressing trade operations.

“We feel proud today that our borders are more secure and our trade is streamlined following the wise vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai,” said HE Sultan bin Sulayem, DP World Group Chairman & CEO and Chairman of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation.

“This initiative is an embodiment of the team spirit and the honest efforts that everyone at Dubai Customs always strives to maintain. We hope this initiative adds up to our cumulative work in the field to maintain the leading position the UAE enjoys worldwide.”

The Siyaj initiative relies on regularly updated data to effectively deliver the level of security it was designed for. Among the features found within the Siyaj system include a vessel that tracks and controls ships prior to their arrival at the port,  inspection systems, and a set of cameras and devices for surveillance.

These features work in tandem with the rapid intervention teams for a faster, more reliable action turnaround time. The continued efforts further reiterate the success of Dubai Customs in halting counterfeit items and protecting the security of trade operations.

“Dubai Customs plays a vital role in thwarting smuggling of drugs and other illegitimate goods. In this regard, we cooperate and coordinate with the relevant authorities worldwide to intercept any suspicious or hazardous shipments before they enter the country.,” Director General of Dubai Customs, Ahmed Mahboob Musabih said.

“Customs authorities in the UAE made 4,450 customs seizures in 2019, and this initiative will cement the security efforts following the vision of Dubai Customs of becoming the leading customs organization worldwide supporting legitimate trade. We highly commend the efforts behind this leading initiative which will not only enhance the security of our borders but will also facilitate trade and supply chains.”

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Dubai Customs Tackles Counterfeit Goods Issue with Sustainable Approach

Dubai Customs took piracy prevention and sustainable practices to a new level earlier this month when they recycled 1,906 counterfeit items including sports shoes, mobile headphones, and computers, according to a release from July 9th. This success represents one of many from Dubai Customs in addressing and putting a stop to the process of counterfeit goods in the region.

“The IPR Department works closely with different partners to curb counterfeiting in line with TRIPS agreement,” said Yousef Ozair Mubarak, Director of IPR Department. “The damage caused by counterfeit goods to the economy, environment, and even perhaps our overall quality of life should be something of a given for most people.”

“Perhaps Intellectual Property rights-holders are those most likely to feel the true pinch of this rogue industry, but when one considers the big picture it becomes clear that everyone is liable to be affected by counterfeiting and piracy,” he added.

Thanks to collaborative efforts between Color Code recycling company, CEO of Brand Owners’ Protection Group Malik Hanouf, and representatives from Air Cargo Centers Management, IPR Dispute Section, and External Relations Section, the items were successfully removed from further processing and used to support sustainable practices for the IPR Department at Dubai Customs.

“We take care of all information that helps us thwart all types of smuggling to protect our society from the hazards of illegitimate goods,” stated Shuaib Al Suwaidi, Director of Customs Intelligence Department. “Counterfeit goods are not welcome in Dubai and we work together with different partners to ensure they don’t enter the emirate.”

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Tip-Off Leads to Successful Tracking of Counterfeit Oil and Gas Pipes

Cooperative efforts between the Dubai Customs’ IPR and Intelligence departments led to the successful identification and seizing of 58 counterfeit Vallourec oil and gas pipes before they enter the UAE market.

According to information released by Dubai Customs, a tip-off received by the IPR Department pointed to four specific vessel containers from an Asian country carried the counterfeit items. These suspicions were confirmed upon completion of a technical inspection revealing non-conformity with specification and quality requirements,  counterfeit trademarks branded on the steel pipes, and forged quality certificates.

“Counterfeiting has a damaging effect on business, the economy and the general population, and when it comes to oil and gas pipes, it can wreak havoc on the environment as well,” said Yousef Ozair Mubarak, Director of IPR Department.

“As soon as we received information about this shipment of fake pipes, we moved swiftly to seize and recycle the contraband to prevent any potential damage to the environment. This is our commitment towards manufacturers and rights-holders in order to provide them the best possible investment conditions in support of sustainable economic development.”

Vallourec is a French manufacturing company offering a wide range of steel  VAM® premium connections for Oil & Gas well equipment such as casing, tubing and accessories. These items are designed to withstand high temperatures and pressures to better support the petroleum industry. Compromising the quality of steel for these items, risks in worker safety and the petroleum industry are increased.

“Our control room spots and tracks any high-risk consignments of smuggled goods before their arrival to Dubai using the Smart Vessel Tracking System, which Dubai Customs developed for the purpose,” commented, Shuaib Al Suwaidi, Director of Customs Intelligence Department. “We were alerted by the IPR Department and acted accordingly to track down the suspected shipment and eventually intercepted a significant haul of illicit counterfeit steel pipes.”