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Around 40,000 branded imitation goods seized

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 21: The synergy between customs officers from the Research and Investigation Department and their counterparts at Shuaiba Port thwarted the plan of some unscrupulous traders to flood the Kuwaiti market with 40,000 branded imitation goods.

The officers have since confiscated the goods for destruction. Director General of Customs Advisor Jamal Al-Jalawi assured that the department is determined to protect intellectual property by preventing smuggling of imitation goods into the country.

He urged the officers at all points of entry to be more alert and cautious for such a manner of smuggling. It will be recalled that officers at the port had received prior intelligence that the goods would arrive in the country aboard the suspicious ship.

The good included wrist watches, bags, phones and clothing materials, in addition to accessories for women and vehicles. Upon arrival and subsequent search, the officers sent samples of the goods to be checked at the Intellectual Property Department where they were declared fake. Report has been issued by customs to prosecute the offenders.

By Abdulnasser Al-Aslami/Munaif Nayef Al-Seyassah Staff

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