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Linking Customs, Qatar Ports cuts clearance time by 70%'.

Moody Talat

DOHA

The completion of the electronic integration between its single-window customs clearance system 'Al Nadeeb' and Qatar Ports Management Company (Mwani) has reduced customs clearances' time by 70 percent, said Acting Director of the Operations and Risk Analysis Department Mohammed Ahmed al Mohannadi at the General Authority of Customs (GAC).

Mohannadi made the statement at an event to announcement the completion of the electronic integration on Monday.

He said that the integration between 'Al Nadeeb' and relevant institutions streamlines the work of private sector companies, customs clearance agencies and shipping agents, through facilitating the tracking of sea and land cargo, which enhances precision and efficiency in targeting containers.

Mohannadi added that this has raised the bar for customs performance, while boosting security standards, integrity and transparency of operations.

The GAC official pointed out that the linkage supports Qatar's commitment to the International Convention on the Simplification and Harmonisation of Customs procedures (Kyoto Convention), regarding the exchange of customs information and developing procedures.

Director of Doha Port Management Captain Abdul Aziz Nasser al Yafei said that the integration between GAC and Mwani further consolidates cooperation between the two authorities to meet the goals of economic and commercial sectors in line with the Qatar National Vision 2030.

Yafei noted that with the economic boom taking place in the country in the past years, import and export processes through the Doha port has witnessed a significant rise, as container handling activity registered an increase by 69 percent, while trade in general goods jumped by 380 percent.

He added that there has also been an increase in the automotive and heavy equipment cargo handling by 106 percent in the past five years.

Through its linkage with Qatar Airways, 'Al Nadeeb' is also able to streamline air cargo operations in a number of ways, including tracking the status of cargo loading and adding the container and truck numbers to the cargo release permit, as well as providing the ability of targeting risky and dutiable containers.

'Al Nadeeb' is an electronic single-window customs clearance system developed to handle the clearing, inspection and associated charges for all items imported into and exported out of Qatar, while strengthening the role of the private sector in the economic development of the country and supporting the economic diversification policy set by the Qatari government.

The GAC has recently launched 'Al Nadeeb' smartphone application to facilitate easy 24/7 access to the online customs clearance system for all users with a mobile device.

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Date:Apr 26, 2016
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