UK delegation hails Dubai Customs’ anti-piracy and anti-counterfeiting efforts

DUBAI: Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, Director of Dubai Customs, has discussed with Edward Hobart, British Consul-General in Dubai, means of enhancing customs ties between Dubai and the United Kingdom.

The discussion took place during a visit paid by a delegation from the British Embassy to Dubai Customs. In addition to the Consul-General, the delegation comprised Steve Baker, Regional Manager of Fiscal Crime Liaison Office, Robert Gray, Head of Fiscal Crime Liaison Office Network, and Alun Watkins, Fiscal Crime Liaison Officer.

Mr. Hobart expressed the British authorities desire to boost bilateral relations with Dubai Customs, particularly in regard to exchanging information and experiences to build human capacity on both sides and strengthen efforts to combat illicit trade.

He applauded Dubai Customs’ achievements in this area, which he said have come as a result of developing advanced systems that helped tighten its control on consignments, expedite clearance procedures, and boost international efforts supporting legitimate trade.

The British Consul-General noted that, “Dubai is a major regional hub for trade between East and West. Joining hands with Dubai Customs serves international trade and maintains its legitimacy in the light of the cutting-edge IT systems Dubai Customs deploys, namely the Risk Engine and the Advanced Container Scanning System operated in JAFZA, which we previously had the chance to get to know and find out the many benefits they brought towards achieving legitimate trade and streamlined cargo clearance and release, keeping pace with the growing container capacity at Jebel Ali Port, ahead of World Expo 2020.” Ahmed Mahboob said that Dubai Customs strives to enhance international measures in combating counterfeiting and piracy to protect world economies, consumers health and the rights of trademark owners who spent a lot of money to create such trademarks and develop production lines.

Mr. Mahboob said, “Strengthening customs cooperation with British Customs will enhance bilateral trade between Dubai and the U.K., which topped the list of Dubai s European trading partners in 2013, with a total trade value of AED 54.3 billion – AED 41.9 billion for imports, AED 2.6 billion exports and AED 9.8 billion re-exports.”