Dubai Customs reported that it completed 1,432 customs declarations for Expo 2020 Dubai goods, and the amount of goods cleared for the exhibition amounted to 12.6 thousand tons, with a value of more than 948 million dirhams.
Dubai Customs revealed the customs facilities and advantages that it offers to participants and visitors to the exhibition, including the provision of all Dubai Customs services through its electronic platforms and smart applications, including electronic registration, submission of customs data, and approval of copies and electronic documents without the need to visit the centers.
She explained that with regard to registration and licensing, the Dubai Trade Portal platform has been adopted to request licenses for official participants and to extract customs codes to facilitate and expedite shipping and registration procedures at the Federal Customs Authority. It was decided to exempt the participating countries from paying registration fees to facilitate and reduce expenses for companies, which will reflect positively on the role of customs in supporting trade and facilitating the passage of goods.
His Excellency Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, CEO of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation and Director General of Dubai Customs, said that Dubai Customs has participated in supporting the exhibition since the submission of the hosting file and continued to provide customs services and facilities around the clock to the participants, and Dubai Customs crowned its efforts by winning the award of the government entity supporting Expo 2020 in the session 21 Awards for the Dubai Government Excellence Program for the year 2018.
He added: “We have multiple and varied services that meet all the needs of exhibitors and visitors, and our services for trade facilities for the exhibition include the “Expo 2020 smart customs” channel, the temporary entry book for goods, the approved economic operator program that was launched at the federal level, and the smart early disclosure system for travelers to speed up the movement of visitors and during the Expo activities. Dubai Customs will present an integrated introductory presentation to inform the participants of the trade and customs services and facilities, with the aim of attracting more foreign investments to the commercial sector, enhancing trade exchange with partners and opening new trade lines.”
He stressed that the Expo represents an economic and cultural event for a full 6 months, which represents a qualitative and rich addition to the comprehensive local economy system and to achieve sustainable development that the wise leadership aspires to and consolidate Dubai’s position on the map of global cities as a destination for tourism, economy, investment and living in luxury and happiness.
For his part, Ibrahim Al Kamali, Director of Passenger Operations Department at Dubai Customs, confirmed that the department has completed its preparations to receive the global event, announcing the readiness of 864 of the department’s staff for the Expo through the presence of 447 inspectors around the clock. A training program (induction program for Expo) was also held in cooperation with airports Dubai to prepare inspectors to receive visitors, as the program works to provide all information related to the exhibition, such as (exhibition location – exhibition duration – ticket prices – exempt categories – exhibition working hours – future projects – the main pavilions of the exhibition, which are the sustainability pavilion, the opportunity pavilion and the mobility pavilion). The program also focused To answer any inquiries from an Expo visitor or any traveler during the exhibition period.
He added that the Passenger Operations Department has prepared a special work team to receive Expo visitors, and the team included members from all the passenger buildings. Personal medicines and special paths for people of determination and providing a special path for invitations, in cooperation with the Expo office. The department has also developed the smart early disclosure initiative through recent improvements so that users can use the application without connecting to the information network, ease of navigation and search through the application, highlighting the importance of the application in facilitating the disclosure process. The application provides a channel for transmitting information to travelers about customs regulations and laws in place.