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Customs recycles 134,000 fake items worth over Dh1m

Products marked for incinerati­on turned into valuable commoditie­s

- BY ANGEL TESORERO Senior Reporter

Around 134,000 counterfei­t items of 42 brands, with a street value of Dh1.01 million, have been recycled by Dubai Customs.

The recycled goods included bags, clothes, watches, gloves, glasses and car filters. The recycling took place in the presence of US, Germany, Japan and UK mission representa­tives.

Yousuf Ozair Mubarak, Director of IPR Department at Dubai Customs, said: “Recycling allows us to convert counterfei­t goods into valuable commoditie­s while reducing landfill and the carbon dioxide emissions associated with incinerati­on.”

He added: “Our priority is to prevent the entry of these goods into the country. We work closely with the diplomatic missions and the right owners to achieve best results in protecting intellectu­al property rights and the investors’ interests.”

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