Dubai accelerates customs clearance

Dubai Customs and DHL have developing an IT system that will allow faster clearance of goods imported into the UAE.

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By  Robeel Haq Published  December 6, 2006

Dubai Customs and DHL have developing an IT system that will allow faster clearance of goods imported into the UAE. Using Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) technology, express and logistics companies will be able to send shipment information electronically and receive customs clearance apparently within minutes. “This move, initiated with DHL Express, is a step forward to cover important sectors and to enhance our partnership with the business community and other service sectors, including express and logistics companies,” said Ahmed Butti Ahmed, director general, Dubai Customs. Design of the system has involved several months of planning and collaboration between Dubai Customs and DHL. EDI uses a set of data definitions that permit business forms to be exchanged electronically and in a secure manner. According to Dubai Customs, shipments can now be cleared in the air before landing in Dubai. DHL has been piloting the system for Dubai Customs this year to ensure it reaches maximum efficiency. Currently, the express and logistics company prepares more than 2000 bills using the system on a daily basis. “Unless there is a need to seek clarification, all transactions will be cleared on the same day,” said Mohammed Al Rasasi, project manager, Dubai Customs.

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