Big brands have quit Amazon’s platform due to sales of counterfeit products and unauthorised sellers which undermines the value of the original brands.
Oregon: Nike has decided to stop selling on Amazon, ending a pilot program that started in 2017. The athletic brand said that it will no longer sell its sneakers and apparel on the e-commerce website, as it prepares to offer a more direct customer experience, Bloomberg notes.
Big brands have quit Amazon’s platform due to sales of counterfeit products and unauthorised sellers which undermines the value of the original brands. However, Nike said it will continue to use Amazon Web Services to power its apps and web services.Lear More
BENGALURU: Acting on a tip-off, the Railway Protection Force (RPF) seized imported cigarettes valued at around Rs 1 crore from the parcel van of Karnataka Express at Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna Railway Station, on Tuesday evening. The consignment was booked on a train from New Delhi. This is the second major seizure of imported cigarettes smuggled into Bengaluru via trains.
Senior Divisional Security Commissioner of RPF, Bengaluru, Debashmita Chattopadhyay Banerjee told The New Indian Express that 7,180 boxes, each containing 50 cigarette packets, were seized from the Vehicle Parcel Unit of Karnataka Express when it reached the platform at 6.30 pm. “They appear to have been imported from the West Asia or Bangladesh. There was no one accompanying the parcel on the train. It has been booked from New Delhi railway station. We are investigating into it,” she said.
The RPF immediately alerted both Customs as well as Sales Tax officials about the seizure. “This is the second such seizure of cigarettes inside trains in the last four months,” Debashmita added. The cigarettes, packed in cartons and covered with white gunny bags, were concealed among other items to escape detection, said Assistant Security Commissioner, Yeshwantpur, Rajagopala Reddy, who was involved in the operations with a 10-member RPF team.Lear More
In the biggest-ever haul of counterfeit perfumes, 119,960 bottles of fake perfume worth Dh33 million were seized by the Ras Al Khaimah Department of Economic Development.
The seized perfume bottles had fake trademarks of 18 international brands, said Faisal Abdullah Alyoon, acting director of commercial control and protection section. Up to 25,000 packs of perfumes were of unknown brands, Alyoon said.
“More investigations are to be carried out to identify the owners of the unidentified brands.”
“This is the biggest seizure of fake perfumes in the country and it was found in a farm at Shamal area to the north of the emirate.” Investigations showed that the farm was being illegally used as a warehouse to store fake perfumes, he added.
“We were tipped off about a farm stocking fake perfumes. A search team was formed to collect and verify all information and evidence over one week,” Alyoon said. The farm was raided, in collaboration with the RAK Police, and the bottles of fake perfume were confiscated.Lear More
When law enforcement agencies arrested Manglu Sheikh and two others in West Bengal’s Malda district on July 20 this year for allegedly smuggling fake Indian currency notes (FICN) worth ₹7 lakh, they were in for a surprise — almost four years ago, before demonetisation, Manglu and his men had been arrested for the same crime.
Manglu, a resident of Kaliachak in Malda, had been arrested in the same district in 2014 for smuggling FICN with a face value of ₹2 lakh. Imprisoned for 22 months, he was freed after completing his term.
Further enquiries revealed that three other members of his family had also been charged for smuggling FICN.
And Manglu’s family is just one among several such cases where more than one member of the family in the Kaliachak region bordering Bangladesh is accused of smuggling FICN.Lear More
JAIPUR: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Friday said it has filed a charge sheet against two Pakistani nationals for smuggling fake currency from Pakistan with the face value of Rs 94,000.
The agency said it has named Ran Singh and Kunjp as the accused in its 350-page charge sheet filed on Thursday in a NIA Special court for criminal conspiracy of production, smuggling and circulation of high quality counterfeit Indian paper currency from Pakistan to India with the intention to damage the monetary stability of India by way of circulating the same in India.
NIA officials said that Singh was arrested by the Customs Department from Thar Express in Rajasthan’s Bikaner while he was travelling from Pakistan to India on March 16, 2019 with 47 fake notes of Rs 2,000 denomination having a face value of Rs 94,000. According to the NIA, Kunjp, who is still absconding, is a resident of Tarkarpur in Pakistan.
The NIA took over the investigation of the case on April 9, 2019 and its probe revealed that the seized high quality counterfeit currency notes were smuggled into India by Singh, who is part of a gang involved in the production, smuggling and circulation of fake currency in India and was temporarily residing in Gujarat’s Morbi district.Lear More
BENGALURU: Reaffirming the fact that airports in Bengaluru and Mangaluru have become major hubs for gold smuggling, the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has unearthed a new ring of syndicates, working in cohorts with Customs officials. In a crackdown, DRI Bengaluru zonal unit, has uncovered how the smuggling syndicate in Dubai and South India allegedly “recruited” some “pliable” Customs officers to give safe passage to their couriers who bring in the precious yellow metal, in exchange of monetary gratification.
Between July and September 2018, two Customs officers, Havaldars Shrikantha Poojary and Ashwin N V, who were then deployed at Mangaluru International Airport (MIA), had allegedly connived with the kingpin Ahmed Shamsher alias Chechu of Kasargod in Kerala, and his counterparts in Dubai. They had smuggled in 186 kg of gold worth Rs 55.80 crore, using 123 passengers, a majority of whom were also from Kasargod, an official source told TNIE.
“Chechu, who had then fled the country, was detained under the stringent Conservation of Foreign Exchange & Prevention of Smuggling Activities Act (COFEPOSA) recently at Surathkal railway station, and is lodged in judicial custody at Bengaluru Central Prison,” he added.Lear More
Al Futtaim Toyota, in partnership with UAE government authorities, has completed a total of five raids on fake car part dealers in the third quarter of this year with a focus on counterfeit operations in Dubai and Sharjah, bringing the total value of counterfeit products seized or destroyed to over Dh26 million this year.
The majority of items confiscated were serviceable goods such as oil filters, of which over 34,000 were seized worth almost Dh760,000, as well as nearly 6,000 brake pads with a value of over Dh1.50 million. Fake brake pads made out of dried grass or asbestos and other cheap counterfeit car parts not only put the driver at risk but also endanger the lives of other road users. In addition, fake oil filters can degenerate much faster due to the poor-quality materials used and lead to major engine failure or seizure thereby resulting in expensive repairs.
“Our role in ensuring customers’ safety is paramount and it is our firm commitment to protect consumers from the threat of dangerous counterfeit parts,” said Saud Abbasi, Managing Director of Al Futtaim Toyota.Lear More
More than 650,000 illegal cigarettes and packets of tobacco have been seized in the past six months across Hull and the East Riding.
Humberside Police’s tobacco dogs and local policing teams, along with officers from Trading Standards, have searched hundreds of premises using intelligence they’ve gathered.
These include houses, businesses, and vehicles.
During the searches, illegal goods have been found hidden in all sorts of different places.
These include in the top of fridges, behind false shelves, behind remote controlled walls, inside food containers, buried in gardens, inside false drawers or around door frames.
The Inland Revenue and HM Revenue and Customs have brought their own prosecutions, and six shops have been closed because of suspected criminal activity.
The shops that were closed were on Beverley Road, Hessle Road and Anlaby Road in Hull.Lear More
KOLKATA: Sleuths of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence have seized fake Indian currency notes (FICN) from a person after he alighted from a bus in Darjeeling district of West Bengal.
The person who was carrying 60 pieces of high-quality FICN, having a face value of Rs 1,20,000, was arrested, a DRI said in a statement here on Sunday.
The consigned entered into India from Bangladesh after crossing the border in Malda district of West Bengal.
Acting on specific intelligence, DRI sleuths intercepted him after he got down from a bus at Bidhan Nagar in Darjeeling district on Saturday and recovered the fake notes after searching him.
During interrogation, the arrested person said he received the notes from someone in Malda district for supplying them to a person at Araria in Bihar, the statement said.
The 40-year-old accused hailed from a village in Kishanganj district of Bihar.Lear More
Mumbai: Assorted foreign currency worth Rs 5.04 crore was seized at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) between January to September this year, said airport authorities.
The seizure was made by the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel, who have also arrested 17 people in connection to the seizures.
Among the arrested are six Indians, including a woman. Officials claim that most seizures were made during the pre-embarkation check point in the security hold area at the international airport.
An airport official said that according to recent trends, mostly foreign nationals are involved in assorted currency smuggling. In the first nine months of the year, CISF seized assorted currencies like US Dollars, Euros, UAE Dirham, Saudi Riyal worth Rs 5,04,02,871 in several operations.
Those arrested were caught carrying large amounts of foreign currency, smartly concealed in the inner compartment of their luggage or hidden under their clothes or undergarments.
However, what the accused do not understand is that the body scanners not only detect metal but provide a partial scan of the body, which detects paper as well.
When a passenger reaches the pre-embarkation check point, the traveller and his/her luggage is checked through a scanning machine, said an official.Lear More