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HP raid seizes over 30,000 counterfeit printing supplies in UAE

October 18, 2012

OEM claims working with UAE law has led to seizure of thousands of illegal printing supplies from repeat offender.

Trade Arabia reports that HP has warned retailers and customers against counterfeit printer supplies in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) following three co-ordinated raids in Dubai confiscating over 30,000 counterfeit supplies from a repeat offender.

The raids in August found counterfeit HP LaserJet printer cartridges, fake LaserJet security labels and machinery, spare parts and packaging needed to illegally manufacture printing supplies and resulted in the arrest of three people. The same organisation had previously had supplies confiscated by Emirati officials over a year ago.

According to the article, the total number of confiscated counterfeit printing supplies in the UAE since 2011 “exceeds two million”, with HP conducting “nearly 1,000” investigations in the EMEA region over the last four years, leading to more than 600 enforcement actions and the seizure of eight million counterfeit products.

Dubai Police asserted that it is “committed to eliminating counterfeit goods and enhancing Dubai’s reputation as one of the best places to do business in the region.”

Salim Ziade, General Manager, Printing and Personal Systems Group, HP Middle East commented: “HP extends its most sincere appreciation to the Dubai Police and its pursuit of counterfeiters in the UAE […] We will continue to collaborate with them to protect honest merchants and customers who deserve and expect original product quality and reliability.”

The Recycler reported in September on HP’s Regional Success update of its Anti-Counterfeiting (ACF) programme, with the company detailing its work against counterfeiting in the EMEA region.

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