Dubai: Dubai Customs has made 133 seizures of fake goods worth a total of Dh72.6 million in the first half of this year.

The seized goods — electronics, watches, tyres, medicines, clothing, perfumes and cosmetics among others — were fakes of established brands.

Dubai Customs said the seizures enabled producers to avoid losses from imitation of their brands.

“Intellectual property rights protection gains double importance in the evolution course of our national economy,” said Yousuf Ozair Mubarak, director of the intellectual property rights department at Dubai Customs.

“Accordingly, we put the protection of intellectual property rights on top of our priorities at Dubai Customs, and are working to improve the level of our performance in dealing with counterfeit goods.”

The official added that Dubai Customs had the most advanced inspection equipment to detect fake goods.

“We also cooperate with the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) and with other relevant authorities to coordinate efforts against counterfeiting,” said Mubarak.