Customs destroys Rs. 88 Mn worth pirated phone and car spares
Sri Lanka Customs organized an operation to destroy Rs. 88 million worth of mobile phone spare parts and 62,900 car spare parts brought to Sri Lanka by violating intellectual property rights.
The aim of this operation is part of a wider strategy to curb the circulation of counterfeit goods and highlight the risks to the consumer in the future from the circulation of such counterfeit goods.
Several incidents of cell phone explosions due to substandard mobile phone parts have been reported in Sri Lanka and surveys reveal that substandard auto parts lead to many accidents.
Another objective of this operation is to advice the public to be careful when buying goods online and also to encourage the customer to support legal methods that confirm the condition and safety of the goods.
This huge destruction task was done in the presence of the representatives of the Central Environment Authority, the actual brand owners, and the officers of the Sri Lanka Customs’ Anti-Corruption Division and the Sri Lanka Customs’ Audit Division.
The work on the materials left after destruction was carried out in an environmentally friendly manner according to the regulations of the Central Environment Authority.
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