257 seizures made by customs officers at the UAE border in Hatta in 2020

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Officials on a visit to the Hatta Customs Center in Dubai.
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Dubai: no less than 257 seizures were made in 2020 by the customs center in Hatta on the border of the United Arab Emirates. This was revealed by officials on Tuesday. Along with the seizures, a total of 966,000 tonnes of goods crossed the UAE border at Hatta last year, officials said. The goods, most of which were basic commodities such as food and construction materials, were transported in 75,100 trucks.

Ahmad Mahboob Musabih, Director General of Dubai Customs, during his visit to the Hatta Customs Center, highlighted the important role the center has played in supporting the supply chain and import and export activities. exporting to the local market last year, facilitating trade in what has been “a time of trial for all”. Musabih stressed the importance of “advanced technologies” used in the inspection and digitization of goods and trucks.

Musabih and the visiting delegation were received by Hameed Al Rasheed, director of management of the land customs center, and Hamad Kajour, senior director of the Hatta customs center.

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The Hatta Customs Center has played an important role in supporting the supply chain and import and export activities in the local market during the difficult times of the past year.
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Al Rasheed said, “The Hatta Customs Center is working around the clock to facilitate trade and import and export activities with Oman and other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. For this, we ensure that the best services based on the latest technologies are provided to our customers, in accordance with the unified customs law of the GCC.

In 2020, the Hatta customs center completed 90,000 transactions, carried out 257 seizures, inspected 137,200 vehicles and handled 419,200 passengers.

Kajour said: “The center processes around 170 trucks per day on average. There is full coordination between strategic partners and relevant authorities on regular updates on the coronavirus pandemic and precautionary measures taken to ensure the safety of inspectors and all other stakeholders. “

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