Dubai Customs asserts readiness to facilitate global trade despite Ukraine-Russia conflict and the pandemic

Published: Tuesday, May 31, 2022

DUBAI, UAE—Dubai Customs asserted its readiness to help facilitate global trade despite the challenges posed by the Coronavirus pandemic and the Russia-led conflict against Ukraine.

Thanks to its investment on smart technologies and dedicated staff working round-the-clock, the Director General of Dubai Customs and CEO of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation, Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, said Dubai Customs completed 381,275 customs declarations during the Eid al-Fitr holidays that follow the Holy Month of Ramadan.

“The current global economic challenges, in which the repercussions of the Corona pandemic are intertwined with the effects of the Russian-Ukrainian crisis, and the disruption of supply chains have highlighted the importance of the role played by global trade hubs in linking international markets and supporting regularity of the supply chains. The UAE has emerged as a major global trade hub thanks to its advanced infrastructure, strategic location and developed systems, applications and operations,” said Musabih.

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“At Dubai Customs, we actively and passionately enhanced the pivotal role of the UAE in supporting global trade. We have completed 24 million transactions in 2021, growing 50% compared to 2020, which amounted to 16 million transactions. 99.6% of the transactions were completed online through the Department’s smart systems, where the smart workspace platform enables the completion of the customs declaration in less than 4 minutes,” he added.

During the Eid Al Fitr holiday, Dubai Customs handled 659,101 bags for 515,235 passengers on 4,170 flights coming to the country through Dubai airports. The department has taken many measures in the three airport terminals and Al Maktoum International Airport to facilitate the entry of visitors and tourists.

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Under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Dubai has become the preferred global hub for business and finance. The emirate has succeeded in attracting 418 new investment projects, according to the annual report of the Dubai Investment Development Corporation.

Musabih said the cross-border e-commerce platform, developed and launched by Dubai Customs as the first of its kind in the region, stimulates e-commerce companies’ activities and operations as well as those of related companies such as logistics service providers and express shipping companies to encourage them establish distribution centers in Dubai. The project aims to turn Dubai into a global e-commerce hub.