Qatar to launch new customs clearance system

New system to reduce time and effort for importing goods.
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Qatar will launch a new single-window customs clearance system to reduce the time and effort required for clearing imported goods, officials have said.

The online system is planned to officially launch by the end of the year, although sources close to the project told local daily The Peninsula some parts of the system could be available in two months.

“This is only a possibility… Right now training of personnel and technical work is going on,” the unnamed source told the paper.

Once in place, the system will allow importers to initiate customs clearance procedures online.

Officials announced details about the new clearance system at a seminar on Monday. Under the system importers will be able to get online approval from government agencies. They will also receive emails and text messages to update them on the clearance progress of their goods, the paper reports.

The aim, officials said, is to adopt international best practices and simplify procedures for importers.

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