FCA - UAE,Federal Customs Authority -United Arab Emirates

FCA - UAE,Federal Customs Authority -United Arab Emirates

“FCA” to Officially Launch UAE Customs Gateway (UCG)

The Federal Customs Authority (FCA) has officially launched UAE Customs Gateway, a unified window comprising all systems adopted by FCA. Mainly, the Gateway aims at activating communication with partners and users, and enabling them complete their operations and tasks as swiftly as possible through unified access feature in line with best International practices quality.

HE Ali Saeed Matar Alneyadi, Commissioner of Customs - Chairman of FCA, highlighted in a press release on this occasion, that launching Emirates Customs Gateway crystallizes how far the Authority is keen to fulfill digital electronic transformation needs, UAE smart government enablers and the principles of Emirates vision 2021 in addition to enabling system users from government and local customs departments complete their transactions easily and as swiftly as possible through a unified window comprising all systems.

While current Gateway users, from the Authority, government entities and local customs departments, amounted 652 users, the coming years are expected to witness folds of such user numbers coinciding with launching the new systems given that the Gateway  is electronically integrated with 25 government entities across the country.

His Excellency underscored the significance of this remarkable milestone on the trajectory of Authority and customs sector's arrangements to the following fifty years and pointed out that the Gateway is a unified window featuring the capability to accommodate future systems, enables convenient follow up and control of Authority's different systems, and serves as a central base to external entities users.

Early 2020, working on the Gateway has commenced by integrating applicable customs systems under the Gateway on three phases where the Gateway currently accommodates 6 systems namely; e-statistics, electronic set-off, customs duties direct transfer among GCC countries, customs circulations, cash sums declarations and statistical integration.

HE Ali Saeed Alneyadi added that the Authority developed a prospective plan to develop the Gateway including modern technology implementation to leverage systems efficiency, and developing its performance constantly, implementing dash board feature that analyzes systems of big data and abstracts data in the form of dynamic charts then generates reports directly and as required and furthermore, user can avail the same in customs risks management where new systems are set to be added on the Gateway soon as e-TIR system and smart inspection system.

6 electronic systems

Positioned as the most prominent system within the Gateway, the customs duties direct transfer system links FCA and local customs departments in the country to GCC Secretariat Information Center and gulf customs departments. Notably to say that its current users amount 240 users while total transferred customs duties to state members came up to 6 billion Dirham since system inauguration.

E-statistics system captures non-oil foreign trade statistics whether direct trade, free zones, customs warehouses or transit. The system is fed by statistics through 7 local customs departments to benefit 25 government and private institutions. As well, the system contains 15 million statistics record pool through which 24 monthly reports are generated on direct trade and free zones trade in addition to 140 annual statistics report addressing a wide range of trade items.

When it comes to customs circulation system, it represents a database for all circulations issued by federal government entities and supervisory institutions in the country to prevent, restrict or lift the import or export banning of commodities or other customs procedure. Since 2013 to date, the system captured 304 circulations. It is linked to 11 government entities.

Set-off and Declaration

Developing the e- set-off system was triggered early January 2003 with a view to finalize customs clearance procedures and collect customs duties imposed on imported goods at the first entry point in any GCC country. Moreover, the principle of re-distributing collected customs duties in all GCC customs ports based on the final destination of imported goods when transported to any other GCC country, has been approved.

As regards to cash sums declaration system, it serves as a cash sums database, including cash currencies, holder's negotiable financial instruments, precious metals and valuable stones in adult travelers possession from and to the country if their value exceeds 60 thousand Dirham. Worthy to say that the number of cash sums declaration state wise represented 44 thousand and 641 declaration in 2019.

Providing the most magnificent exhaustive federal database on non-oil trade data, the e-statistics integration system, the recently added system to the Gateway, contributes to laying down policies and decision making in federal and government entities as it facilitates dispatch preparation of a pool of daily reports and statistics to cater the provision of data and statistics to private and government sectors rapidly.