Dubai Customs completes stimulus package and extends the period till 30th June 2020
In response to the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai in what is related to the stimulus package plan announced by Chairman of the Executive Council of Dubai Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Customs extended a refund of 20 per cent on the customs fees imposed on imported products sold locally in Dubai markets from 15th March to 30th June.
The package also includes the cancellation of the Dhs 50,000 bank guarantee or cash required to undertake customs clearance activity. Bank guarantee or cash paid by existing customs clearance companies will be refunded.
Existing guarantees of clearance companies will be refunded. The package includes exemption to traditional wooden commercial vessels registered in the country from mooring service fees for arrival and departure, and direct and indirect loading fees at Dubai and Hamriyah Ports. The stimulus package also includes cancellation of bank guarantees required to be submitted before resolution of customs-related grievances, and cancellation of 25 percent down payment required for requesting instalment-based payment of government fees for obtaining and renewing licenses.
“We have completed and fulfilled the stimulus package requirements following the wise directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai,” said Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, Director General of Dubai Customs. “All divisions including Customs Development Divison, Finance, HR Division and Client Division all worked together to implement the stimulus package items in record time to mitigate the impact of covid19 and support businesses during this difficult time.”
Business and trade groups in Dubai have touched and benefited from Dubai stimulus package and shared with Dubai Customs their positive feedback.
Younis Othman, Director of Information Technology Department said they completed all technical requirements related to the implementation of the stimulus package which is part of Dubai plan to maintain its leading position around the world and mitigate the impact of covid19 outbreak.
Mohammed Ibrahim Al Hashmi, Director of Financial Department explained that refund of 20% of customs duties for clients will include customs declarations of imported goods. We have implemented the exemption to traditional wooden commercial vessels registered in the country from mooring service fees for arrival and departure, and direct and indirect loading fees at Dubai and Hamriyah Ports without any need for clients to visit the department.
To refund the clearance guarantees, clients can enter Dubai Customs services through Dubai Trade and fill out the application and share it with the Client Partnership Section at the Client Happiness Department, explained Edris Behzad, Director of Client Happiness Department.
Behzad added Client Happiness Department holds regular meetings by video conference with the clients to listen to their suggestions and feedback, especially at this difficult time in which cooperation is mostly needed.