HE Commissioner Ali Al Kaabi, head of the Federal Customs Authority, chaired the first joint meeting with the local customs departments, which was held at the headquarters of the FCA in Abu Dhabi, in the presence of Mohammed Jumaa Bu Aseebah, FCA General Director, the general directors of the local customs departments, and a number of heads of departments in FCA.
The meeting addressed a number of current and future issues on the agenda of customs work in FCA and local customs departments, including the mechanism of implementation of the international road transport convention (TIR) in terms of customs, the customs legislations related to the yacht movement control in the state, the commitments of the customs sector in UAE within the framework of the railways project, studying promoting the customs ports efficiency, in addition to the Emiratization of the profession of customs inspectors and agents, and the latest developments in the GCC Customs Union.
HE Commissioner Ali Al Kaabi, Head of the Federal Customs Authority, said that “The meeting discussed a number of important issues related to developing customs work in the state and upgrading it to the highest levels, in order to improve the competitiveness of the local economy and promote the UAE position in the world trade system.”
His Excellency explained that the meeting is the result of cooperation between the FCA and the local customs departments after the issuance of Law No. 8 of 2015 on the amendment of the functions and responsibilities of the Federal Customs Authority, stressing that the FCA is keen to strengthen cooperation with the local customs departments in upgrading the customs efficiency and participating in taking decisions concerning the development of control and inspection tools at border ports.
His Excellency added: “The local customs departments are the most important strategic partners of the FCA, and the cooperation between the FCA and those departments aims to strengthen the role of customs in supporting the security system of the state and promoting the added value of foreign trade, as well as protecting society from the risks that can be exposed to in the light of the troubles in the region. Al Kaabi stressed that the cooperation between the FCA and the local customs departments in this area is witnessing unprecedented levels of customs work in the country.”
H.E. Ali Al Kaabi pointed out that “The meeting discussed the aspects and mechanisms of implementation of the international road transport convention (TIR), including the signing of memorandums of understanding with the Federal Transport Authority and the Automobile and Touring Club of the United Arab Emirates, in addition to preparing a unified customs procedures list for land transport, provided that the said procedures will be implemented in the first quarter of this year.”
His Excellency Ali Al Kaabi said that “The meeting stressed the importance of emiratizing the profession of customs inspectors and agents in strengthening the security system of the state, in the light of the current events in the Arab region in general and the Gulf region especially in particular, pointing out that the FCA was keen to motivate the local customs departments to emiratize the profession of customs inspectors and agents in accordance with an adopted time plan until the year 2017. His Excellency said that the local customs departments succeeded in the emiratization of the profession of inspectors by 100%.”
His Excellency added that “The meeting also discussed the ways to strengthen the control over the yacht movement in marine ports and the coordination mechanisms with the Critical Infrastructure & Coastal Protection Authority to guide ships to the official ports and unify the customs procedures related to the inspection of yachts. The meeting also reviewed the best practices at the international and regional levels.”
His Excellency pointed out that “Great challenges are actually facing the comprehensive development of the state, stressing that all economic sectors, particularly the customs sector, is aware of these challenges and is setting plans to transform these challenges into opportunities for growth and development, in order to serve the country’s position and competitiveness.”
Al Kaabi also pointed out that “The customs sector in the country will witness in the coming period significant developments that will contribute to strengthening the economic and social security of the UAE, through strengthening control and inspection, promoting the efficiency of workers in customs ports, removing the trade obstacles and implementing the most advanced systems in cooperation between the Federal Customs Authority and the local customs departments.”
H.E. Mohammed Jumaa Bu Aseebah, General Director of the FCA, said that “The meeting discussed the views of the local customs departments regarding the role of customs in the implementation of the railways project law to be issued, based on the important role of customs in monitoring the transport of goods by rail, through inspection and sampling procedures stipulated in the Common Customs Law, provided that the said procedures shall be in conformity with the procedures implemented by the GCC countries.”
His Excellency explained that the GCC Railway project represents a major support for the economic integration and coordination in the GCC countries, stressing that the customs sector will have a prominent role in supporting the project and optimizing the economic benefit of the states from implementing the same.
His Excellency said that “The initial customs requirements agreed upon in the GCC countries, and needed for the implementation of the railway project of the GCC countries are divided into three main themes related to the requirements of the passenger terminal and cargo terminal, and the customs procedures to be implemented in each terminal.”
H.E. General Director of the FCA noted that promoting the efficiency of customs ports in the state is one of the most important issues raised during the meeting, pointing out that the FCA has prepared a memorandum on an action plan to prepare a study to promote the work efficiency and achieve the requirements of standards of the customs ports qualified as points of first entry, in light of the international PPTG standards for the development of corporate work, and based on four themes, i.e. governance, development of human resources, procedures and channels and technology.