Task force will be assigned to Hatta Customs Centre
A task force will be formed to coordinate the affairs of the Hatta Customs Centre, it was decided at a meeting between Dubai Customs and its strategic stakeholders last week.
Amongst the senior officials who attended the meeting were: Yousif Al Sahlawi, senior executive director of corporate affairs, Ahmed Mahboob Musabah, executive director of clients management division, Mohammed Mater Al Mari, executive director of customs cargo operations and Feryal Tawkul, executive director of community affairs and government partnership.
“The meeting comes as part of Dubai Customs strategic plan with respect of establishing meaningful relations with all clients and strategic stakeholders and within the framework of joint cooperation and coordination along with strengthening corporate integration among different government departments towards improving performance and simplifying procedures,” said Al Sahlawi.
“In 2011, the number of different kinds of trucks arriving in the country via Hatta Customs Centre was 157,740 trucks at a monthly rate of 13,000 – with food stuffs constituting 70 per cent of the cargoes.”
“The meeting was concluded by submitting a set of recommendations to the Joint Committee of Hatta Border Post including the formation of a task force comprising of all government agencies of direct relevance to the project. This will assist with accelerating the achievement of every agency’s requirements, improving customs procedures and producing the appropriate solutions for the ground negative aspects in terms of the surrounding terrain and roads as well as providing services necessary for making the project successful in collaboration with all border agencies.
“A joint mechanism has also been agreed upon between government agencies and departments for clearing procedures for passengers and goods,” he said.