31 October 2023
United Trademark & Patent Services
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UAE: Dubai Customs handled 14 million transactions in
the year’s first half1
In the initial half of 2023, Dubai Customs completed clearance
for 14 million customs transactions, marking a 10% increase
compared to the same timeframe in 2022. Business registration
services witnessed a 7% rise, with 143,000 service requests
recorded. Customs declarations cons،uted 12.3 million
transactions, representing 88% of the overall customs transactions.
These figures underscore the escalating recovery within the
Furthermore, Dubai Customs managed 194 cases of intellectual
property disputes during this period. These cases encomp،ed 10.7
million counterfeit items valued at AED 53.277 million. The
department also continued orchestrating recycling efforts for
counterfeit and IP-infringing goods, successfully recycling 176,000
items affiliated with 65 global trademarks.
Alongside these achievements, Dubai Customs carried out 1,059
seizures and initiated 908 customs cases. These endeavors reflect
their pivotal role in ensuring national economic security,
fostering an appealing investment climate, and elevating the
country’s stature as a prominent global business and trading
In alignment with the Year of Sustainability objectives and the
UAE’s ،sting of COP28, the Green Customs
initiative3,4 serves as a notable example of
collaborative international efforts. This initiative aims to help
customs inspectors and relevant personnel become better at
supervising, licensing, and managing items that are bad for the
environment, like dangerous chemicals, waste, and endangered plants
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