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Uniform GCC controls urged for setting up customs union

Bahrain News
Wed, 14 Mar 2018

RECOMMENDATIONS as part of setting up the GCC Customs Union focus mainly on a common GCC entry point.

Any land, sea or air Customs port in the GCC states with a link to the outside world will be considered as a point of entry for the foreign goods of any member state.

The first Customs port of the GCC countries to the outside world will conduct, inspect the goods received by any of the member states, ensure that they have the required documents, are free of prohibitions and fulfil the Customs duties due.

Other recommendations include establishing uniform controls for importing and transporting government imports and goods that enjoy exemption from Customs duties, goods prohibited for import in some member states and whose import is permitted in other countries shall be imported directly to the importing country, or through a member state which allows entry provided that they do not cross into the territory of the member states that prevent their import.

Foreign goods imported within the GCC States from free trade zones shall pay Customs duties upon departure from these areas and shall be treated in the same way as the other GCC states.

The draft proposes laboratories to check consignments, including livestock and chemicals at a point closer to the check points, facility for X-ray and scanning of goods, round-the-clock staff including medical and administrative at the borders, common electronic monitoring system for borders across the region and quarantine facility.

Safety of Customs inspectors, featuring field inspection uniform, cap, heat-proof jacket, hand-protective gloves, man’s protective shoe, toxic gas detector and respirator, are also part of the recommendations.

Evaluation of the legal framework governing the Customs union, assessing the procedures and policies applied on the commodities and providing customs training are also listed.

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