A total of 158,415 counterfeit auto spare parts were seized in Al Helio area in Ajman. These were being passed off as products of 14 international brands, including BMW, Mercedes, Toyota, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Isuzu, Ford, Honda, Volkswagen, Chrysler, Hyundai, Kia, ACDelco and GMC.
The seizure came about during a joint operation carried out by the Ajman Department of Economic Development (ADED) and Ajman Police to secure consumer markets, combat commercial fraud, and protect consumer rights as well as taking stringent legal action against the violators.
Mohammed Al Kutbi, Director of Consumer Protection Department at ADED, said that the department is fully committed to taking measures to deter commercial fraud as part of its efforts to attract investors and customers to Ajman, raise the emirate's competitiveness, and place it on the global economic map.
"The seizure of fake goods came after we responded to a complaint filed by an international company which reported the counterfeit auto spare parts being traded in Al Helio," he pointed out. "We coordinated with Ajman Police to seize a total of 158,415 counterfeit parts. Legal action is now being pursued to impose penalties on violators. The operation was aligned with our relentless efforts to preserve and safeguard both consumer and business rights."
"We will continue to carry our regular inspections, monitor activities, and raise awareness to combat commercial fraud and address economic and social challenges for us to build a competitive economy and achieve sustainable development in the emirate. Our efforts are not only to ensure the quality and safety of products in the market, but we are also working on raising public awareness to protect consumer rights and ensure investment safety in Ajman," Al Kutbi added.
He said that commercial fraud and practices can be reported to the ADED - Ajman via 80070 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Speaking to Khaleej Times, Colonel Yahya Khalaf Al Matroushi, Head of Al Hamidiya police station in Ajman, said that police department is keen to combat everything that would harm the consumer interest. Police will take necessary measures to counter counterfeit goods dealers and safeguard health and safety of consumers in the emirate.
He hailed the efforts of ADED and its continuous cooperation with Ajman Police, to enhance consumer security and ensure the protection of their rights.