A delegation from Emirates Post Group participated in the 30th meeting of the Arab Permanent Postal Committee and fourth joint meeting of experts from Arab postal organisations and customs held in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum. The delegation was led by EPG Chief of Postal Operations Affairs, Mr. Sultan Al Midfa.
The meeting issued recommendations on adopting a common customs manual involving the World Customs Organization and the Universal Postal Union (UPU) and signing of a Memorandums of Understanding between the posts and customs at national levels, guided by the principles of the World Customs Organization and the UPU.
Acting CEO of EPG Mr. Fahad Al Hosani said the meeting recommended adoption of advanced automated systems between posts and customs, and exchange of customs data electronically using ITMATT Messages and Customs Declaration System (CDS) and called on Arab postal administrations to submit a working paper on the main constraints faced by Arab customs administrations in connection with customs clearance of parcels and suggest solutions.
One of the most important recommendations was to lower the customs duty on personal parcels.
On setting up joint Arab postal ventures, the participants recommended that the Technical Secretariat should coordinate with concerned authorities in the General Secretariat to display the recommendations of the 5th joint meeting of Arab postal experts and customs in the forthcoming meeting of the directors-general of customs from Arab countries.
The EPG delegation held joint meetings with Sudan Post and discussed ways of cooperation and reviewed potential for further development of postal services between UAE and Sudan.
Chief Commercial Officer of EPG, Mr. Ibrahim Bin Karam, said the discussions with Sudan Post would help develop products to serve the Sudanese community living in the UAE, in addition to the development of the parcels and e-commerce services between the two countries.
On his part, EPG Chief of Postal Operations Affairs Mr. Sultan Al Midfa remarked that the meeting served to activate cooperation between the brotherly Arab countries, and unify efforts to create integrated and quality postal services as part of the implementation of the recommendations of the Arab Permanent Postal Committee during the 29th meeting held in Tunisia.
Mr. Al Midfa said among the several key issues of relevance to the countries were the amendment of the universal postal agreement and the restructuring of the UPU. He added that the meeting also stressed the need to unify Arab stance on the amendments, ahead of the UPU Conference in Istanbul in 2016.