Biggest ever fake tools bust nets 150,000 products
UAE police raid uncovers largest importers of counterfeit tools in ME
Two police raids on warehouses in Ajman and Ras Al Khaimah netted 150,000 counterfeit hand and power tools last week – one of the largest hauls of fake products ever carried out in the UAE.
Officials say the cache came to light when the law-enforcers swooped down on the warehouses located inside the two Emirates’ free zones as well as on a small tools shop in Ajman.
Fake Stanley, Black & Decker and DeWalt products were seized, including more than 1000 Black & Decker power drills, as well as hammers, tape measures, wrenches and knives.
It’s believed the raid uncovered one of the largest importers of counterfeit tools in the Middle East.
Charges of Intellectual Property Rights Violation have been framed against the traders, pending the adjudication of the matter in the Courts.
According to a release issued jointly by the three tool brands, Stanley Black & Decker has been fighting a long-running battle with the Asian counterfeiters, estimated to account for 2% of the world’s trade, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
In the last three years, Stanley Black & Decker, with the assistance of their Lawyers in UAE, Al Shaali & Co, Advocates and Legal Consultants, have lodged counterfeiting complaints with the UAE Authorities that have led to thirty five raids in the Country.