Customs fees on materials and apparatuses for special needs be waived at GCC level

Press release
Published May 1st, 2012 - 04:36 GMT
Dubai Customs
Dubai Customs

It has been decided, following a new humanitarian initiative by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai that all customs fees on materials and apparatuses related to people of special needs be waived at the level of GCC countries.

His highness directed Dubai Customs to take all procedures needed to waive the customs, fees within the shared Gulf framework, off the shoulders of these people who deserve all support and care from our side. Dubai Customs has raised the initiative to the General Secretariat of the GCC through the Federal Customs Authority. Currently, materials related to people of special needs are subject to fees of 5% under the unified customs law of the GCC. 

The GCC Customs Union Committee has praised highly  humanitarian initiative of  HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai and agreed, in its last meeting which was held at the headquarters of GCC General Secretariat in Riyadh between 9 and 11 April 2012, to waive fees off materials and apparatuses related to people of special needs. The actual implementation of this decision at the level of GCC countries will take effect once the GCC Financial and Economic Committee issue its decision. The materials and apparatuses include the vehicles manufactured especially for people of special needs, crutches, hearing facilitators, and electronic machines for the blind.

His Excellency Ahmed Butti Ahmed, the Executive Chairman of Ports, Customs and Free Zone, Director General of Dubai Customs has praised highly His Highness’s initiative and said : “it is a valuable gift from His highness to these people who deserve all support from our side. It is not surprising as we all know that His Highness is very well known for his humanitarian and charity initiatives locally, regionally and internationally which aim at helping this segment of society overcome their difficulties. This initiative will help these people go further in their life and play more effective role in the advancement of their country”. 

HE Ahmed Butti Ahmed added : “His Highness, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum,  Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai always gives every possible care to the people of special needs to enable them integrate well in society and help them participate in the development process”.

HE expressed his gratitude for the GCC General Secretariat for supporting and implementing this initiative.  

Background Information

Dubai Customs

Dubai Customs is one of the leading government departments taking part in enhancing sustainable development and promoting Dubai’s image worldwide, turning it into a principal capital, business and tourism destination, as it facilitates smooth movement of legitimate trade and leverages economic and social development, the matter which is consistent with its slogan stating "gateway to Dubai’s prosperity", because prosperity is usually based on free trade through a safe, fast and practical environment to meet the needs of people and adapt to their requirements. This in addition to DC’s main role to protect society and borders against those who try to smuggle prohibited substances to or through Dubai threatening the community safety and security.

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