1 February 2013

Tanzania: FCC Confiscates Fake Brake Pads, Shoes in Crackdown

MORE than 800 sets of counterfeited AK brake pads and 10 sets of brake shoes, whose value was not immediately disclosed, were impounded yesterday in a dawn raid conducted in Kariakoo, Dar es Salaam.

The crackdown was conducted by the Fair Competition Commission (FCC) following complaints lodged by the Brand-owner, M/S Al Khair Auto Parts of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. According to FCC Counterfeit Surveillance Officer, Ms Magdalena Utouh, the culprits have been fined 10m/- and will be liable to pay the costs of destroying the fake goods.

"They are obliged to pay the costs incurred in destroying the counterfeit goods and a severe penalty will be imposed if they are involved in the similar offence again," she said. However, surveys show that the market value for a genuine set of brake pads ranges between 7,000/- and 8,000/- while similar but fake spares are sold at 4,000/-.

The raid involved officers from the FCC and police force who inspected five major shops namely Deauto Spares, Toyota Specialist, Salama Spare Parts, Millennium Spare Parts and BM Spare Parts. The inspection team first netted 167 sets of counterfeited brake pads at BM Spare Parts the main outlet centre before raiding the same firm's warehouse located at Udoe Street, in Kariakoo, seizing 643 sets of fake AK brake pads and 10 sets of brake shoes.

She said all the other four shops were not found to stock suspected counterfeits at the time of inspection. The seized goods await destruction at a steel rolling mill upon completion of legal requirements on the part of the offender, M/S BM Spare Parts, in line with the Merchandise Marks Act (1963), as amended and its 2010 regulations, which relate to enforcement through summary trials that involve payment of penalties and destruction fees by the offender.

The swoop adds up to the FCC's effort to rid the market of counterfeit goods which saw it seizing over 313 containers during regular inspections at the Dar es Salaam Port between July, 2011 and December last year. It also undertook 78 countrywide dawn raids on shops and warehouses suspected to stock counterfeits; and penalizing 272 traders for trading in counterfeits, in the same period

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