FCA - UAE,Federal Customs Authority -United Arab Emirates

FCA - UAE,Federal Customs Authority -United Arab Emirates

 Intellectual Property

​Products that infringe upon the Federal Laws on Trademarks (Federal Law No. 37 of 1992 on Trademarks and its amendments) and Copyrights (Federal Law No. 7 of 2002 on Copyrights and related rights) implemented in the UAE are subject to customs intervention as per the GCC Common Customs Law of 2008. The UAE Customs mitigate the economical, financial, and welfare risks posed by imports, exports, transit and transshipment of such illicit products.

UAE Customs strongly believes in the producers and the creative thinkers’ rights in the different fields whether industrial, commercial or literary. It has seriously taken the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) into consideration through firmly combating the smuggling of counterfeit and fake goods and products and all that threatens public health and safety of the local community or violates the producers and trademark owners’ rights. UAE Customs is also keen on maintaining international trade’s legitimacy, as the UAE is considered a focal gateway for Western and Eastern trade movement. This is done through the customs risk management system which assists in targeting such illicit goods in at import or transit to the local market or free zones.

UAE Customs has made great efforts in educating and raising awareness of the IPR and the hazards and harms of using counterfeit products on the community and the health of its members. In addition, customs inspectors receive training courses throughout the year in order to increase their knowledge and understanding of how to differentiate between original and fake goods and original and duplicate trademark. Such workshops take place in participation with the trademark owners themselves which reflects positively on the inspectors’ competencies and their efforts in protecting the local community and maintaining the Emirati people’s health and safety.

 

Request for Notification of Trademark/Intellectual Property Infringement  


Description:

The owner of the trademark or his legal representative can submit an inspection request for the presence of suspected counterfeit goods (trademarks / copyright / industrial property right), by providing evidence that the said merchandise is on its way or present in one of the United Arab Emirates Customs points of entries.

Said requests shall be submitted directly to the Local Customs Administrations (Contact points are listed below).


Process:

1)      Submit the application and the required documents through the available channels

2)      Pay the applicable fees after getting the approvals

3)      Receive a confirmation of registering the Infringement of a trademark, the intellectual property

​team will then start investigation

 

Required Documents:

Document Special considerations
Certificate of Ministry of Economy Registration of trademark Original
Customs Declaration C​opy
Letter of complaint​
Official complaint letter to the local customs administration Or​iginal
Policy (Shipment) Number Original
Power of Attorney O​riginal
Trade License Owner - Commercial License Original

 

Fees:

Description Cost
Request investigation by conducting customs inspection for an infringement of intellectual property rights.
AED 2​000
Refundable deposit to ensure the validity of the complaint submitted to the customs inspection in case of infringement of intellectual property rights.
AE​D 5000
Request for customs inspection of infringement of intellectual property rights submitted in vacation and non-business days.
AED 1​000
Request for urgent customs inspection.
AE​​D 500

 

Local Customs IPR Contacts:

Customs Administration Email Contact Number
Abu Dhabi Customs Ics.ipr@adcutoms.ae

800555

0097128102249

Dubai Customs client.relations@dubaicustoms.ae

80080080

0097144177777

Sharjah Customs jumruki@sharjahcustoms.gov.ae
0097165281666​
Ajman Customs info@apcd.​​ae

80070

0097167470111

Ras AlKhaimah
info@customs.rak.ae 0097172333733
Fujairah​ info@fujcustoms.gov.ae 0097192882222
Umm AlQuwain customs@uaqport.ae
0097167655655


 
UAE Customs IPR Seizure Report 

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