Dubai Customs explores cooperation with Maldives Customs Service

DUBAI: Dubai Customs has discussed ways to enhance bilateral customs and commercial cooperation with Maldives Customs Service in the light of the exceptional relations between the United Arab Emirates and the Republic of the Maldives.

This came during a meeting between Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, Director of Dubai Customs, and Ahmed Mohamed, Commissioner of Maldives Customs Service (MCS), when the latter paid a visit to Dubai Customs along with a high-level delegation from the Maldives. The visit which was coordinated by the Federal Customs Authority (FCA) included showcasing the customs work mechanisms and procedures at the Passenger Operations Department and the Command and Control Room at DC.

The visiting delegation included Ismail Nashid, Assistant Commissioner of MCS, and Ms. Aminath Liusa, Chief Customs Officer in MCS, alongside a host of officials from the FCA.

Director Dubai Customs, Ahmed Mahboob Musabih praised the strong relations between the U.A.E. and the Maldives underscoring Dubai Customs commitment to enhance cooperation with all customs authorities as that leverages customs work on an international scale.

For his part Commissioner MCS. Ahmed Mohamed said, “We highly appreciate the cutting-edge work systems and mechanisms at DC and the top-quality services which expedite cargo clearance procedures and ensure consignments are controlled to facilitate the movement of international trade through Dubai.

Utilizing DC s experiences is one of the main goals of this visit, as we wish to enhance the mechanisms for building the capacity of MCS employees and develop the Risk Engine system to monitor inbound and outbound shipments in the Maldives customs points of entry.” Mahboob said that Dubai Customs places all its experiences at the entire disposal of its friends from the Maldives, in line with the MoU signed between MCS and the FCA. Under which, the two sides are to exchange valuable information.

According to him the bilateral trade between Dubai and the Maldives has grown by 18% in 2013 amounting to Dh296.4 million, compared to Dh251.4 million in 2012.

He pointed out that the trade between the two sides might increase remarkably in the light of a new package of integrated government services launched in ports, airports and customs points, by concerned government entities. He also highlighted the top-notch services offered in Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA), Dubai International Airport and DP World, noting that Dubai has 23 free zones delivering excellent services in a highly-attractive legislation infrastructure.

The visiting delegation toured the Command and Control Room at DC, where they were introduced to the services offered to all customs centres in Dubai. The delegation learned about the CCTV system linked to all customs centres ensuing control of all imported and exported consignments.