DUBAI: Dubai Customs received a high-profile delegation headed by H.E. Saleh bin Manee Al-Khelaiwi, Director General of Saudi Customs, within the framework of the mutual cooperation and exchange of expertise with our sister GCC countries.
H.E. Ahmed Butti Ahmed, Executive Chairman of Ports, Customs, and Free Zone Corporation welcomed the Saudi Customs delegation, stressing that the visit shall contribute to the promotion of customs cooperation areas and exchange of expertise between Dubai and KSA, as well as stepping up their bilateral trade, as it reached in the first half of 2013 Dhs28bn, growing by 20% compared to Dhs23bn achieved in the first half of 2012. Butti mentioned that the KSA is considered one of our leading strategic trade partners, ranked the first among our GCC trade partners, and the sixth internationally in 2012, as the volume of exchanged trade amounted to Dhs44bn.
The Director General of Dubai Customs expressed his wish that the outcomes of the visit shall be beneficial and useful for the two sister countries for the development of their work. He added that a large volume of traded goods pass through the Dubai Customs and the Saudi Customs. Thus, the importance of customs comes from this to create an investment attracting environment and bring in more international trade traffic, particularly since the world is steering towards trade facilitation and many countries strive to attract international trade traffic as well as investors are on the lookout for countries that provide work motivating facilitations.