The World Customs Organisation (WCO) and its members applauded Dubai Customs for its creative “Authorised Economic Operator” programme’s digital platform, which was initiated by the Government Department in its capacity as an expert in the programme.
The initiative aims to connect member customs administrations and the World Customs Organisation through a secure, reliable platform with far-reaching potential. The platform involves the best practices and the mutual recognition agreements and helps in safe data exchange between WCO and member states.
This was highlighted in Dubai Customs’ participation in 26th and 27th session of SAFE Framework of Standards to Secure and Facilitate Global Trade, organised virtually by the WCO. This international instrument ushered in modern supply chain security standards and heralded the beginning of a new approach to the end-to-end management of goods moving across borders while recognising the significance of a closer partnership between Customs and business.
The SAFE Framework rests on the three pillars of Customs-to-Customs network arrangements, Customs-to-Business partnerships and Customs-to-other Government Agencies co-operation.
In the meeting, the WCO thanked the UAE for successfully hosting the 5th WCO Global Authorised Economic Operator Conference, which was hosted by Dubai Customs in May 2021 and saw the participation of 3,900 experts from 158 customs administrations around the world.
“We are delighted with the international recognition that Dubai Customs’ initiative (Authorised Economic Operator Platform OAC) received,” said Eman Badr Al-Suwaidy, Director of Customs Valuation Department, Head of AEO programme.
He added, “The initiative will have very positive impact on global supply chains and expedite the flow of goods between member states. Dubai Customs played an essential role in rolling out the AEO in the UAE and implementing the latest programmes and systems in inspection and customs clearance in line with the SAFE standards.”