Dubai Customs clears 12.6 tons of goods worth AED948m for EXPO2020 Dubai

Published: Monday, October 4, 2021

DUBAI: Some 12,600 tons of goods worth AED948 million (about USD258 million) were cleared by Dubai Customs in time for the 1st October 2021 grand opening of EXPO2020 Dubai, the first world expo to be held in the Middle East and North Africa region.

Dubai Customs said 1,432 customs declarations for EXPO goods were quickly processed for the event. The seamless operation was made possible through preferential facilities and services it dedicated for exhibitors and visitors to the Expo.

These include online registration and submission of customs declarations and approval of electronic documents without the need to visit the customs centers. Exhibitors seeking to obtain permits and licenses were also advised they can use the Dubai Trade Portal. Further, countries participating in EXPO2020 are exempted of registration fees, and exhibitors’ documents have unique codes for preferential and speedy clearance.

“We have been supporting EXPO2020 since the very beginning of the hosting journey and will keep providing our facilities and services to all exhibitors,” said Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, CEO of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation, Director General of Dubai Customs. We have a plethora of preferential services and facilities dedicated to serve the event’s exhibitors including the dedicated Smart Customs EXPO2020 Channel, the ATA Carnet, the Authorized Economic Operator and the iDeclare App, which expedites passenger traffic.”

Dubai Customs clinched the award of government authorities supporting Expo2020 Dubai for implementing an integrated initiative to sustain the use of the resources.

Ibrahim Kamali, Director of Passenger Operations Department, noted, “All employees at the Passenger Operations Department (864 employees) are fully prepared to serve the exhibition, including 447 inspection officers who will work on 24 -hour rotating shifts.

“A training program was organized for the inspectors in cooperation with Dubai Airports to prepare them to receive and host visitors and respond to their enquiries including timings, tickets, venue, pavilions, etc. All visitors who have invitations will have a faster path, and the same applies to people of determination. The latest enhancements to the iDeclare App will help passengers declare their financial belongings easily, even without a need for internet connection.”