In the wake of the growing prevalence of spurious spare parts in the UAE, the Directors of Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA) has approved new regulations covering all areas of the auto spare parts industry, right from manufacturing and packaging to transportation and sales of the products and their usage. Once these regulations have been approved by the Cabinet, ESMA is expected to announce them.
Speaking about these new regulations, Asad Badami Managing Director of A-MAP, lauded the move, saying that it is a welcome news for genuine dealers. He said that the strict new laws will help enforce ethical standards in the auto spare parts industry. He expressed his confidence that the regulations would cover and set specific standards for technical requirements, safety and performance of auto spare parts in the UAE. He added that the new norms will protect the interests of both traders and motorists and will encourage fair trade practices across our industry.
Minister of State and Chairman of ESMA, Rashid Bin Fahd, said that within the first year that the laws come into effect, the regulatory body expects to reduce the influx of of counterfeit products into the country by at least 50 per cent. The laws have been proposed in order to warn dubious traders that ESMA will be keeping tabs on the influx of counterfeit spare parts and will act as an industry watchdog in the years to come.
Bin Fahd also assured that ESMA will soon be launching an easily accessible database for traders that would serve to immediately identify product manufacturing sources and models and help them to identify counterfeit goods. They can thus make informed choices and take the necessary steps to abide by technical standards.
Al-Muqarram Auto Spare Parts Trading (A-MAP), is one of the largest distributors of automotive products in the region, and has a network of branches spread across markets as far flung as Qatar, China and South Africa.
The company attributes its success to the top notch service provided by its employees backed by the ready availability of goods supplied by a reliable distribution network.
Manju Mathew, an MBA in marketing, completed publisher training courses from the Oxford Brookes University and New York University. She started with marketing and PR roles before moving on to her current position as a full time writer. Currently living in Dubai, her life as an expat has sharpened her observation skills and flair for writing. She enjoys writing about luxury cars like Ferrari, Lamborghini, etc even if she can only dream of owning them.
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