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Over 64 customs officials trained for intercepting counterfeit goods

Over 64 customs officials, including customs appraisers have been fully trained for interdiction techniques and methodology of intercepting counterfeit goods at the ports and customs stations. In this regard, a training programme has been concluded here on Thursday which would ensure prevention of import of counterfeits in Pakistan.

Under the special directions of Director General, IPR Enforcement Dr Arslan Subuctageen, the Directorate General of IPR Enforcement, Islamabad arranged an exclusive training programme on “Interdiction Techniques and Methodology of Detecting Counterfeit Goods” for the officers of MCC Islamabad and MCC Peshawar (Appraisement & Preventive). The officers and staff working in IPR Directorates (Central & North) also attended the training. A total of 64 officers, appraisers, inspectors, and examiners posted at various field formations in Islamabad and Peshawar attended the training. Customs IPR’s external outreach programme focuses on raising 1PR awareness at the grassroots level. Amer Rashid Sheikh, Director Customs IPR (South), was specially invited to impart the training. The participants greatly appreciated the initiative. The external outreach programme was rolled out during the training.

Sources said that the role of Pakistan Customs is multi-faceted, ranging from border trade revenues to import and export controls. All these functions are rooted in the term ‘trade facilitation’, which is synonymous with ease of doing business. Trade facilitation is for trade in genuine goods only; it does not extend to trade in counterfeit products. This is the spirit of the TRIPS and WTO’s Agreement on Trade Facilitation. The Directorate General of Customs IPR Enforcement ensures that counterfeit goods do not cross our national borders, and that the public is protected from their hazardous use. These efforts by Pakistan Customs have improved Pakistan’s image and its international ranking Sources said that the role of Pakistan Customs is multi-faceted, ranging from border trade revenues to import and export controls. All these functions are rooted in the term ‘trade facilitation’, which is synonymous with ease of doing business. Trade facilitation is for trade in genuine goods only; it does not extend to trade in counterfeit products. This is the spirit of the TRIPS and WTO’s Agreement on Trade Facilitation. The Directorate General of Customs IPR Enforcement ensures that counterfeit goods do not cross our national borders, and that the public is protected from their hazardous use. These efforts by Pakistan Customs have improved Pakistan’s image and its international ranking in the Global IP Index, which would continue to grow further.

By preventing the import of counterfeits at our national seaports, airports and land border stations, the FBR is facilitating large-scale manufacturing in Pakistan to expand its domestic and international market share and speed up the economy. FBR is continuously striving to enhance ease of doing business in Pakistan, attract large-scale FDI and provide the platform for robust economic growth. FBR, through its pursuit of protecting large-scale manufacturing from the import of counterfeit products, is playing a vital role in the economic development of the country.

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