Indian revenue intelligence officers visit Dubai Customs
October, 05th 2011
An Indian delegation headed by Revenue Intelligence Director General R S Sidhu visited Dubai Customs headquarters at Port Rashid here recently, it has been announced.
On the occasion, the two sides looked into methods of strengthening cooperation between Dubai Customs and customs-related government departments in India, as well as ways of developing trade relations that bring the two sides together.
The meeting was part of a series of meetings the Dubai Customs holds in line with the ERTIBAT program that was launched at the beginning of the current year to reinforce communication with foreign business councils and trade attaches affiliated to diplomatic missions in Dubai.
Ahmed Butti Ahmed, the Executive Chairman of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation and Dubai Customs Director General, received the delegation.
Ahmed Butti stressed on the solid relations the UAE has with India at various levels.
"India is considered the top trade partner to the UAE. Mutual trade exchanges recorded a jump of 50 per cent during January-May, 2011, valued at 87.2 billion dirhams, as opposed to 58.2 billion dirhams in the same period of 2010.
"Imports had the biggest share with a value of 41.3 billion dirhams, whereas exports valued at over 16 billion dirhams and re-exports 29.8 billion dirhams," Dubai Customs said in a statement on Sunday.
Sidhu commended the efforts made by Dubai Customs to protect the economy and the community from prohibited and counterfeit goods and facilitate legitimate trade movement.
The Indian delegation paid a short visit to the Jebel Ali customs centre, where they were received by a number of Dubai customs personnel.
The delegation learned about the implemented procedures at the centre and took a field tour.
Dubai customs personnel briefed the delegation on the systems and machines used at the department and how they process customs operations and save clients effort and time.
"Dubai Customs is keen on making efforts in the field of safeguarding the community and economy from the illegal and false goods and at the same time gives much interest in exchanging expertise with numerous government departments and customs organisations around the world in line with its strategic plan and mission toward strengthening legitimate trade movement," the statement further said.