Dubai Customs has been steeping up efforts to enhance its customs centers’ readiness and develop their capacities to better protect society and facilitate trade.
As part of the regular filed visits performed by the Dubai Customs senior management to various customs centers, Juma Al Ghaith, Acting Director General of Dubai Customs and Executive Director for Customs Development, toured Jebel Ali and TECOM Customs Center to inspect operations and ensure smooth flow of customs business in the center. He was accompanied by senior management executives and officers of Dubai Customs.
Juma Al Ghaith directed the center’s staff team to make optimal use of the advanced capabilities of scanning and inspection equipment and work to develop these capacities by introducing new technology-based ideas and innovations that enhance the efficiency of customs inspections and clearance processes. He noted Dubai Customs’ significant achievements in this area, which enabled it to efficiently respond to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic while maintaining the timely flow of trade and goods into markets.
“Our response to the pandemic has provided inspectors and staff with new expertise and knowledge that Dubai Customs will utilize to advance Customs work into the future with more focus on innovation and business continuity management,” said Al Ghaith.
Yousuf Al Hashemi, Director of Sea Customs Centers Management, welcomed the senior management’s visit, saying that it would boost the performance of Jebel Ali and TECOM Customs Center towards more operational efficiency and readiness to deal with any emerging challenges while safeguarding Dubai’s borders and facilitating trade.
Despite the challenging Covid-19 situation, Jebel Ali and TECOM customs center was able to process 1.818 million customs transactions from January to October 2020, and carried out 149.3 inspections and 122 seizures of various prohibited and smuggled goods, explained Fouad Al Suwaidi, Senior Manager, Jebel Ali and TECOM customs center.