Dubai Customs once again top CEN achiever
For the second consecutive year, Dubai Customs achieved the highest rate in exchanging information and news on prohibited and counterfeited products in 2011 at Middle East level.
In 2011, Dubai customs provided 166 pieces of information to Customs Enforcement Network (CEN) that resulted in several seizures worldwide.
This was reported at the 15th Annual Meeting of Regional Intelligence Liaison Office in the Middle East (RILO ME), in collaboration with World Customs Organization (WCO), where ways of facilitating and accelerating exchange of information relating to combat of customs crimes were discussed.
Khalid Bin Abdul Aziz Al Araj, director of RILO ME, praised the efforts of Dubai Customs to accelerate exchange of information with RILO ME.
“Information is an important resource in customs due to the increase in volume of world trade, rise of imports, exports and cargos in transit together with the great and increasing growth in the region, which has become a target for several smuggling operations,” he said.
Yaqoub Al Ali, head of RILO communication office at Dubai Customs said, “Dubai Customs disseminates awareness among its inspection officers about recent smuggling methods. These efforts contributed to the abortion of 6987 attempts to smuggle prohibited and counterfeited products last year, as compared to 5971 seizures in 2010.”
According to Mr. Abdullah Al Shaer, director of Customs Intelligence Department at Dubai Customs, Dubai Customs is keen on strengthening its cooperation and communication with WCO RILO ME.