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01 December 2023

UAE-Saudi customs to solve dispute

By Abdel Hai Mohamad



Saudi customs have failed to recognise electronic certificates of origin issued by Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) and have stopped goods and customs letters that carry the certificates from entering Saudi territory under the pretext they were not Gulf endorsed.

The UAE’s Federal Customs Authority yesterday held a meeting in Riyadh with Saudi customs officials under the supervision of the General Secretariat of the Gulf Co-operation Council and in the presence of representatives of DCCI to find a solution to the problem.

Mohammed Khalifa bin Fahad Al Muhairi, Director General of the  Federal Customs Authority, said his authority had called, upon a request by DCCI, the meeting with  Saudi customs, chambers and trade unions.

The meeting discussed complaints by several traders and importers against refusal by Saudi customs to recognise certificates of origin and stopping goods and customs letters that carry the certificates. Traders and importers in the UAE and Saudi have suffered huge losses as a result.

Al Muhairi said Saudi authorities as well as  officials of the GCC General Secretariat of the UAE have shown understanding of the matter.

He expects the problem to be resolved according to resolutions of the General Secretariat and the unified customs law as the strong distinguished relations between customs in both countries.