Ministry of Commerce and Industry issues violations against 12 accounts on social media platform

June 14, 2022
For selling counterfeit products and goods of international brands

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry, in coordination with the Ministry of Interior and the Commerce and Consumer Affairs Prosecution represented by the Cybercrime Department, seized 12 accounts on a social media platform (Instagram) that display and sell counterfeit products and goods bearing international brands, in violation of Article No. (6) of Law No. (8) of 2008 on Consumer Protection. The necessary measures were taken against violators.  

These inspection campaigns are part of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry’s efforts to monitor markets and commercial activities across Qatar, and control prices, as well as detect abuses, and commodities that are falsified, counterfeit, or non-conforming to standard specifications.

Violating Law No. (8) of 2008 on Consumer Protection exposes perpetrators to penalties ranging from administrative closure to financial fines between three thousand and one million Qatari Riyals.

In this regard, the Ministry stressed that it would not tolerate any negligence in terms of meeting obligations stipulated in law No. (8) of 2008 and its executive bylaws.

The Ministry is working to intensify its inspection campaigns to control violating practices, and to refer violators of laws and Ministerial decisions to the competent authorities to take the due measures.

The Ministry also urges all citizens and residents to report any violations or infractions through the following channels:

– Call Center: 16001

– The Ministry of Commerce and Industry’s social media accounts:

        – Twitter @MOCIQATAR

        – Instagram MOCIQATAR