Abu Dhabi: Authorities are cracking down against fake cosmetics in shopping centres across the emirate, seizing 2,523 products within January. The Abu Dhabi Economic Department carried out the inspection campaign in coordination with owners of the trademarks in a bid to combat counterfeit products and to preserve intellectual property rights. According to the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, shops that distribute and sell fake products are liable to a fine ranging between Dh500 and Dh20,000. A recent study published by Global Online Shopping Survey earlier in January revealed that about 30 per cent of consumers unknowingly buying fake goods when making online purchases.Lear More
A Jet Airways crew member was among three men arrested by customs officials in two separate cases of gold smuggling at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International airport, according to an official statement issued on Friday. The customs department said that a Jet Airways technician was found carrying four gold bars– weighing 1.3 kg and valued at Rs. 43.36 lakh– in the pocket of his trouser. The accused told the officials that a person outside Delhi’s Aerocity Metro Station was waiting to collect the consignment. A team of customs officials then arrested the receiver of the gold bars from outside the Aerocity metro station near the airport, a statement said. “The officers were trying to catch the person who may have brought gold and handed it over to the Jet Airways technician,” a senior customs official added.Lear More
GUWAHATI: City police have seized nine cartons of foreign-made cigarettes worth several lakhs while the consignment was being allegedly smuggled to Delhi. The seizure was made in Boragaon area here. Three persons, including one person from New Delhi and another person from Tripura, were nabbed for allegedly trying to smuggle the consignment. Sources said the cigarettes had been brought from Myanmar.
“Acting on a tip-off, the sleuths nabbed the trio with the illegal items in the city while they were on their way from an interstate bus terminus to Kamakhya railway station, from where they were supposed to smuggle the cigarettes to New Delhi,” said city police sources. The nabbed persons have been identified as Srimanta Das of Guwahati, Anurag Chandil of Delhi and Chaibon Das of Tripura.
“As these cigarettes are not duty-paid and many brands have price tags in foreign languages, traders make quite a profit,” sources added.Lear More
A Chinese businessman has been found guilty of smuggling contraband cigarettes valued at K4.18 million.
The Waigani District Court last Friday heard last Friday that Lin Zhong, from Fujian province of China, is the managing director of Zhong Ren Limited who operates his business at the Nine-Mile Plaza in Port Moresby.
Zhong appeared before magistrate Cosmas Bidar with his interpreter, also Chinese, to translate English to Mandarin (Chinese) language when his charge was read to him.
He denied any knowledge of the illegal item and stated he only followed on to where the shipping container was because a Chinese man (unidentified) wanted to borrow his vehicle. Following persistent questioning by magistrate Bidar, Zhong admitted that he was among other Chinese men together with some locals who were loading boxes of smuggled cigarettes onto his vehicle when PNG Customs officials intervened last September 7.
A Barnsley man and a convicted tobacco fraudster have been jailed after seven million illegal cigarettes were discovered in a storage unit.
Russell King, 56, of The Green, Barnsley, and James Duffy, 48, of Dundalk, Ireland, illegally imported cigarettes into the UK worth £2,001,292 in unpaid duty, an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) revealed.
The plot was masterminded by Duffy, who arranged the smuggling and delivery of the illegal goods. He was handed a six-year prison sentence earlier in the year for his role in another £2 million tobacco smuggling conspiracy.
His right-hand man King was caught red-handed with the cigarettes by HMRC officers at a storage unit on Sandybridge Lane Industrial Estate, Barnsley, in June 2016. Investigators discovered seven million non-UK duty paid cigarettes packed in cardboard boxes.Lear More
An Irishman who was convicted of illegally importing cigarettes into the UK has been sentenced to 18 months in prison.
James Duffy, 48, Greyacre Road, Castletown, Dundalk, Co Louth, admitted excise fraud at Leeds Crown Court in October 2018 and was sentenced today.
A British man, who was described by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) as Duffy’s right hand man, was sentenced to 28 months in prison for his part in the operation.
Russell King, 56, of Royston, Barnsley, England, was caught by HMRC officers with the cigarettes at a storage unit in an industrial estate in Barnsley in June 2016.
Investigators discovered seven million non-UK duty paid cigarettes packed in cardboard boxes.
The court heard that the plot was masterminded by Duffy, who arranged the smuggling and delivery of the illegal goods.Lear More
This is the shocking haul of fake designer products discovered in raids across the city – and they’re worth a staggering £2.5 MILLION.
Counterfeit goods posing as Chanel, Dior and GHD products were seized as police and National Trading Standards officers swooped addresses in Birmingham.
The huge haul worth £2,500,000 was found during searches at a home in Hall Green and a storage unit in Digbeth last Wednesday (Jan 9).
It took two days for officers to clear out the warehouse in Digbeth, which was packed with tens of thousands of counterfeit products.
It included handbags, watches, purses, belts, electrical products, footwear, sunglasses and accessories – all printed with big luxury brand names.
Michael Kors, SuperDry, Louis Vuitton, North Face, Stone Island were just a few of the names on the dodgy and ‘unsafe’ gear.Lear More
Sleuths of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence have busted a gold smuggling racket by arresting four persons including the kingpin on Wednesday. A total of 20 kg of gold worth nearly Rs. 7 crore was seized.
The sleuths conducted raids in parts of the city and nabbed four persons. The kingpin, from Choolaimedu, revealed that his operatives fly to Mumbai and Delhi airports.
“They meet passengers smuggling gold in the transit area and then fly back to Chennai with the gold. They bring out the smuggled goods with ease as there is no checking in domestic terminals. Most often the gold is smuggled from Dubai,” said a DRI officer. The gold is sold in the grey market.
Apart from the gold, the officers seized Rs. 21 lakh and a luxury BMW car used for transporting the smuggled gold to various places.Lear More
The Thai Customs Department hosted one of its semi-regular “destruction ceremonies” yesterday in which 604,456 confiscated pirated items, worth more than THB39 million (about US$1 million), were trucked out to be disposed of in what we’ve been assured is environmentally friendly fashion.
Given our recent air-quality situation, we can all be happy they’re not destroying them in the classic fashion, which has routinely involved giant, camera-friendly bonfires held in the open.
At a 2pm press conference, Customs spokesperson and consultat Chaiyut Khamkhun explained that the confiscated knock-offs of brand name bags, shoes, soccer balls and tumblers would be sent to be destroyed in Saraburi province, reported Khaosod.
The destruction will be handled by INSEE Ecocycle, a waste management services solution company, while Wongpanit Suvarnabhumi Recycle Station Co., Ltd. will handle the disposal of the remains.Lear More
The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has arrested four people for allegedly trying to smuggle gold valuing about Rs. 6.88 crore into the country from Dubai and Sri Lanka, according to an official statement issued today.
All the four accused -the kingpin, his aide and close relative, and two carriers — have been remanded in judicial custody, it said.
Acting on inputs, the DRI officials on Tuesday seized 20.6 kg gold, valued at Rs.6,88 crore, kept hidden by the syndicate at a residential premises in the city, the statement issued by the agency said.
A BMW car used to deliver the smuggled gold and Rs. 21 lakh were also seized, it said.
“Interrogation of the apprehended persons revealed that the Chennai-based kingpin, a resident of Choolaimedu, used to organise operatives who would work in the domestic sector to various airports, collect gold bars from transit passengers at the respective airports and carry them back to Chennai in the domestic sector and hand them over to the kingpin and his aides,” the DRI said.Lear More