Dubai Customs has adopted the Green Customs initiative. The Green Customs is an international initiative launched by the UNEP in 2003 in cooperation with WCO, Interpol and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). It was built on a number of international agreements which regulate the proper procedures for transporting hazardous wastes, radioactive and chemical substances and the endangered flora and fauna. Some of the most prominent agreements that the initiative conformed to are Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (Convention on Biological Diversity), Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, and Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and pesticides in International Trade.
In order to protect wildlife from extinction, Dubai Customs complies with the terms of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which the UAE joined in 1990. The convention covers the organization and control of international trade on endangered fauna and flora, as well as the issuance of import and export permits for species under the CITES convention, in addition to tightening control on their transit activity.