Customs clearance reduced from 16 days to a few hours. Customs decision regarding import and export formalities

Customs clearance reduced
from 16 days to a few hours
Customs decision regarding

import and export formalities

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The Customs issued a decision requiring importers and exporters to get pre-clearance for their goods prior to arrival at the port.

The decision will be implemented on imported goods starting April 30. It will apply on exported goods in the coming months.

Importers will be required to submit a detailed statement once they produce a shipping manifest. All the data regarding the clearance of goods and the paperwork will be done electronically. Traders should provide all data about their goods, amount, warehouses, and even their partners.

After approval, importers will get a pre-arrival clearance and pay custom fees.

Badri Daher, Director General of Customs, said: “This decision will reduce the time required for the good’s clearance period at the port from 16 days to just a few hours.” The goods will be delivered directly to the trader.

According to Daher, this direct arrival processing will facilitate trade, and therefore contribute to economic growth. It will also reduce smuggling and fraud.
Reported by Rania Ghanem
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Date Posted: Apr 11, 2018