Dubai Customs received a delegation from Senegal headed by H.E. Abdul Rahman Diyay, Director General of Senegal’s Customs. The visit aimed at learning about Dubai Customs business model and latest practices followed by Dubai Customs in processing transactions and implementing advanced inspection systems.
H.E. Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, CEO of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation, Director General of Dubai Customs and senior management team welcomed the visitors in Dubai Customs’ main building.
Visitors listened to a presentation on the Department’s smart customs systems, which help increase revenues, prevent smuggling and contain customs and tax evasion.
“Dubai Customs unique and outstanding experience in developing break-through services and innovations has become a worldwide model,” said Musabih. “We seek to enhance cooperation with other countries that work on developing their customs sector to enable them learn from our experience following the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.
H.E. Musabih also talked about Dubai Customs experience working during the pandemic and working from home period. Advanced technologies the Government Department invested in the past years have streamlined the process.
Trade between Dubai and Senegal skyrocketed 74% to AED1.4 billion in H1 2021 from AED826 million in the corresponding period in 2020. Imports amounted to AED230 million, exports touched AED228 million, and re-exports made AED981 million.
On his part, H.E Abdul Rahman Diyay expressed his happiness for learning about the advanced customs systems and services that Dubai Customs provides to traders and passengers.
In the meeting, Dubai Customs highlighted certain systems including the Smart Risk Engine, which is used to assess different security, economy, environmental and social risks. The system reduced time needed for customs clearance to less than 10 seconds.
The Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) program, and its role in facilitating trade, was also presented. There are now 80 member companies in the program who enjoy a plethora of incentives including higher market penetration, especially in the countries that signed mutual recognition agreements, and faster customs clearance.