Dubai Customs showcases its experience and initiatives in supporting air cargo flow at Cargo Show MENA 2016
As a strategic partner of The Cargo Show MENA 2016, Dubai Customs had an active participation with a pavilion dedicated to exhibiting its top-notch services that cater specifically to the cargo and logistics industry.
The mega exhibition was held under the honorary patronage of HH Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Presidential Affairs, during 8 – 9 March 2016 at Dubai World Trade Center.
Humaid Al Rashid, Director of Air Customs Centre Management at Dubai Customs delivered a presentation on “Harmonising air cargo regulations to improve the efficiency of air cargo shipments”. He reflected on Dubai Customs’ success in turning challenges into opportunities in this area.
“Global laws and regulations for the air cargo industry prompt us to improve the efficiency of air freight forwarding in Dubai. We developed numerous services and facilitations to spur the growth of air cargo flow. The Virtual Freight and Logistic Corridor is one of the major facilitations offered by Dubai Customs to freight forwarders, enabling them to transport their cargo between sea and air ports in Dubai in a more streamlined, hassle-free manner and without any financial burden,” Al Rashid said.
He further elaborated that shifting to the electronic Air Waybills (e-AWBs), one of the first steps of the e-freight initiative, supported by The International Air Transport Association (IATA), is another initiative adopted by Dubai Customs to cater to the air cargo industry. The initiative aims to take the paper out of air cargo and to replace it with the exchange of electronic data and messages.
“Dubai Customs is committed to adopting highest global standards for air freight security. Our Risk Engine, developed in-house, assesses shipments’ risk level and flags risky ones before arriving to Dubai,” he added.
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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