MEC shuts down clothing store over counterfeit trademarks
July 15 2018 10:50 PM
MEC officials place closure notice at the store.


The Ministry of Economy and Commerce (MEC) has announced a three-week closure of a clothing store in Al Sadd for displaying and selling counterfeit menswear bearing international trademarks. 
The inspection campaign comes within the framework of the ministry’s efforts to monitor markets and commercial activities in order to crack down on violations, price manipulation and counterfeit and substandard products.
The company was fined and closed for three weeks in line with Article 7 of Law No 8 of 2008, the MEC said in a press statement on Sunday.
Article 7 compels suppliers to clearly display on the product’s package or label the type and nature of the item as well as other relevant data. The law also prohibits the display of fraudulent descriptions, advertisements and misleading statements.
The administrative closure declaration shall be published at the expense of the company or shop that committed the violation in accordance with Article 18 of Law No 8 on Consumer Protection. 
The law stipulates that the closure decision shall be published on the MEC’s website and in two daily newspapers at the expense of the company.
The ministry stressed that it will not tolerate any violations of Consumer Protection Law and its regulations. It will refer those who violate laws and ministerial decrees to the competent authorities, who will, in turn, take appropriate action against the perpetrators in order to protect consumer rights.
The MEC has urged all consumers to report violations or submit complaints and suggestions to its consumer protection and anti-commercial fraud department through the call centre: 16001, email: [email protected], Twitter: MEC_QATAR, Instagram: MEC_QATAR and the ministry’s applications on smartphones available on iPhone and Android devices: MEC_QATAR

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