Dubai Customs and U.S. Customs discuss cooperation

WAM DUBAI, 10th February, 2014 (WAM) — Ahmed Butti Ahmed, Executive Chairman of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation, Director General of Dubai Customs, has received Thomas S. Winkowski, Acting Commissioner of the U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection; in the presence of Rob Waller, U.S. Consul General in Dubai.

The two parties discussed bilateral cooperation and future prospects for the exchange of expertise. Also included in the discussion were enhancing coordination in trade protection and facilitating the flow of legitimate trade globally.

Butti called out for promoting cooperation and mutual benefit from the experience of both sides in building customs inspection capacities. Dubai Customs inspectors, he said, would henceforth be able to take the training programs offered by the U.S. Customs Training Academy in Glynco.

He reaffirmed that Dubai Customs is committed to fulfilling all its international obligations by virtue of its mission to uphold trade facilitation and trade security worldwide. The ultimate goal is to achieve highest customs performance in terms of safeguarding the health, security and economic welfare of world communities.

“The United States is one of Dubai’s strategic foreign trade partners and we look forward to further strengthening our bilateral trade in several ways. During January to September 2013, the US ranked 3rd among the major trading partners of Dubai, with a value of around Dh 65 billion. Imports accounted for Dh 58 billion, while the share of exports and re-exports was Dh7 billion,” said Butti.

On his part, Winkowski expressed high appreciation for the world-class level attained by Dubai Customs in different areas of customs work. He also applauded the experience of Dubai Customs in the field of employee satisfaction, pointing out his desire to avail of this exceptional experience and learn about DC’s applied methodology for measuring staff satisfaction. He further affirmed the U.S. agency’s willingness to promote future cooperation with Dubai Customs in the areas of training and customs capacity building.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection senior officer was briefed on the activities and initiatives of Dubai Customs, and its efforts towards constant development of tariff facilities and services provided to customers.

He was also introduced to DC’s groundbreaking e-Transformation approach which saw the adoption of latest information technologies to improve customs efficiency and streamline cargo clearance processes, providing real added value to both traders and investors.

Dubai Customs has recently got a head start as the first smart government department region wide to deliver all its mobile-enabled services around the clock through smart devices.

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