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03 October 2023

Need to review customs law

By Abdel Hai Mohamed



A senior UAE official has called for a full-scale review of customs legislation to take into account changing economic conditions across the GCC region.


The launch of the common market and the introduction of customs co-operation between different states meant the time was right to consider reforms, said Saeed bin Khalifa Al Merri, Deputy Director-General of the Federal Customs Authority (FCA).


He said the review should be held over a set period of time to safeguard the interests of the member countries.


The FCA will today participate in meetings of the GCC Unified Customs Law Revision Committee in the Saudi capital of Riyadh.


Customs officials from all the GCC countries will take part in the talks, which will last for three days.


Al Merri said the GCC countries’ views on the draft unified customs law would be discussed.


In addition there would be a debate on the advantages of the GCC countries joining the international customs agreements drawn up by the World Customs Organisation, in particular the Johannesburg Convention.


Al Merri said the GCC secretary-general had received submissions from the GCC countries on the issues that should be discussed during this week’s meetings.


And he said the member states would be given more time to study the unified customs law and give their views. This would help to produce a single vision of what modifications should be made.