Dubai Customs explores cooperation with Maldives Customs Service

June 15, 2014 10:26 am

H.E. Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, Director of Dubai Customs, and Mr. Ahmed Mohamed, Commissioner of Maldives Customs Service (MCS) discussed ways to enhance bilateral customs and commercial cooperation in the light of the exceptional relations between the United Arab Emirates and the Republic of the Maldives.

The discussion took place during a visit paid by a high-level customs delegation from the Maldives to Dubai Customs. 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 & Control Room at DC.

The delegation was welcomed by H.E. Ahmed Mahboob, who was accompanied by Mr. Abdullah Al Khaja, Executive Director of the Customer Management Division. The visiting deputation comprised Mr. Ismail Nashid, Assistant Commissioner of MCS, and Ms. Aminath Liusa, Chief Customs Officer, alongside a host of officials from the FCA.

Ahmed Mahboob praised the solid relations between the UAE and the Maldives. He also underscored Dubai Customs’ commitment to enhance cooperation with all customs authorities as that leverages customs work on an international scale.

The Commissioner General of MCS 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.”

Ahmed 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 the MoU, the two sides are to exchange valuable information. Mahboob added that the bilateral trade between Dubai and the Maldives grew 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. The new package of services can be used by traders from all over the world. In this context, he highlighted the top-notch services offered in JAFZA, Dubai International Airport and DP World, noting that Dubai has 23 free zones delivering excellent services in a highly-attractive legislation infrastructure.

Ahmed Mahboob spoke about the Risk Engine; a smart system which is constantly fed with information from both internal and external entities, to swiftly handle all shipments. Based on incoming information, the system identifies risky shipments. As a result of implementing the Risk Engine and other IT systems, 84% of overall consignments is cleared automatically without human intervention.

The visiting delegation toured the Command & Control Room at DC, where they were introduced to the services offered by the Command & Control Room 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.