Fake items decline 45%

Updated 29 January 2014
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Fake items decline 45%

Smuggling of counterfeit products into the Kingdom has come down by 45 percent compared to last year, director general of Customs department, said on the occasion of International Customs Day in Riyadh.
Salih Al-Khilaiwi said, “More than 124 million counterfeit pieces were prevented from entering the country last year, in addition to confiscation of about 40 million fake items.”
He said, “The department depends heavily on its staff to control and prevent smuggling of counterfeit goods into local markets. We put in all efforts to ensure that our employees work efficiently.”
On the issue of low-efficiency air-conditioners that do not conform to recent Saudi specifications, he said: “We prevented more than 30,000 air-conditioners from entering the Kingdom,” adding that the Ministry of Commerce is taking initiative to re-export these with the cooperation of the Saudi Arabian Standards Organization (SASO) and the Customs department.
He said the revenues of the department have touched SR23 billion, adding that he expects the figure to go up the next year in view of the increasing imports.


White House adviser Jared Kushner: Saudi Arabia is 'important ally'

Updated 22 October 2018
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White House adviser Jared Kushner: Saudi Arabia is 'important ally'

WASHINGTON: Speaking about Saudi Arabia's investigation into the case of the late Jamal Khashoggi, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner said that the Trump administration is still in "fact-finding phase."

"We're getting facts in from multiple places and once those facts come in, the secretary of state will work with our national security team to help us determine what we want to believe, and what we think is credible and what we think is not credible," Kushner said on Monday

"We have our eyes wide open. The president's focused on what's good for America, what are our strategic interests, where do we share interests with other countries let's work towards those," he added.

Kushner stressed that Saudi Arabia was an "important ally" of the US, and a "critical partner," especially in countering Iran's influence in the Middle East.

Kushner also said he had spoken to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman about the case.