16 February 2011

Uganda: China Issues Stern Warning On Fake Goods

Dealing in fake products might land Ugandan importers in trouble one of these days.

The Chinese Embassy in Uganda has moved to aggressively crack down on people who import counterfeit products from China to Uganda.

"Our government is now going to take serious action on counterfeit and substandard products that flood your market," Counsellor Zou Xiaoming, said last week during a press briefing.

"We are going to have serious inspection at our ports and shall also monitor goods from the production end (the source) and also have our enforcers look out for those people doing this kind of thing."

He said those who fail to adhere will have their licenses withdrawn and pay heavy fines.

However, to make this initiative work effectively, the People's Republic of China appealed to the government for help as their laws are specifically designed to deal with their own citizens and not foreigners.

During interaction with journalists, it emerged that counterfeits and substandard goods that end up in the market are a result of demands made by unscrupulous importers who are not willing to pay for better quality products.

As a manufacturing power, China is well aware that no made-in-China products should be a counterfeit or imitation, it is in this respect that it has been under pressure to deal with such vices.

However, not all fake goods come from China, India is also among the countries in Asia known for the vice.

Most counterfeit and substandard products end up in Uganda and other African countries because their borders are porous.

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