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ATCUAE signs transit system agreement with UMM Al Quwain customs

ATCUAE signs transit system agreement with UMM Al Quwain customs

08.06.2015: TIR system now on course for introduction at UAE borders later this year The Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE today

TIR system now on course for introduction at UAE borders later this year




 The Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE today signed an agreement with Umm Al Quwain Customs which will effectively lead to a major boost for trade and transport links between the Emirates and neighbouring countries.


With Sharjah Customs expected to sign in the next few days, six out of the seven emirates have now formally joined forces with the ATCUAE to work together to introduce a global transit time which dramatically accelerates the movement of goods across borders.


The TIR (International Road Transport) System, which significantly reduces the time trucks spend at customs controls, is now expected to become operational at the UAE’s frontiers by the end of this year.


Mohammed Ben Sulayem, President of the ATCUAE, signed the agreement with His Excellency Sultan Saeed Sultan Al Ali, Executive Director Port, Customs and Free Zone of Umm Al Quwain Customs in witness of Umberto de Pretto, Secretary General, International Road Transport Union (IRU). 


Sulayem and de Pretto later met with His Excellency Dr. Abdullah Belhaif al Nuaimi, Minister of Public Works Chairman of the Federal Authority for Land and Maritime Transport as the two-day International Road Transport Union TIR workshop headed for its conclusion in Dubai. 


“The implementation of the TIR is the way to go for all transport industries globally as it makes everything so much easier and secure,” said Sulayem.


“Trucks used to lie on the borders for several days but with the TIR system rapidly accelerating the movement of goods by road, both the transportation costs and price of goods for the consumer have been reduced.


“I believe in the next few weeks China is going to agree to be a part of the TIR convention, and following the news that Pakistan has recently signed up, it will only be a matter of time before the private sector tastes the beauty of how efficient the TIR system is and wants to be involved.”


Umberto de Pretto, Secretary General of the IRU said: “Workshops like this are extremely significant on a global scale. The UAE plays a major leadership role in trade and the past fathers had a vision that we could build a trade hub here in the emirates and it has certainly worked.


“However, it is not enough just to build the infrastructure because you have to put in place all of the procedures to really expand the trade. TIR offers this opportunity within the emirates, Gulf region and around the world.


The customs authorities in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah, Ajman and Fujairah had each previously signed TIR agreements with the ATCUAE.


More than 100 government officials and senior customs and transport industry figures attended the two-day workshop at the Hyatt Regency Dubai where IRU experts spotlighted the effectiveness of the TIR system. 


Several volunteers from Takatof, the voluntary social programme designed by the Emirates Foundation for Youth Development, handled official registration for the event.


The introduction of the TIR system is seen as a big step forward for the transport industry overall, and one that will be warmly welcomed by a huge range of goods manufacturers and suppliers, by customers, as well as each of the UAE’s customs authorities


Sulayem later presented all attendees at the workshops with certificates signed by himself and the IRU.



- Sara Brook, Total  Communications Dubai - also photo

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