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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.

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