Dubai, UK customs to work together to cut cross-border crime

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Strengthening collaborative efforts in customs, sharing expertise, and coordinating activities to safeguard borders and detect cross-border crimes were the subjects discussed in a meeting between Dubai Customs and the UK’s HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).

Talks emphasised the vital nature of cooperation between the two entities to effectively tackle diverse risks posed by organised crime, positively impacting customs systems and ensuring the protection of legitimate trade.

Bob Mathieson, Head of the International Communication Network at HMRC said both Dubai Customs and British Customs for adopting best practices and actively promoting awareness regarding the various risks affecting global trade.

HMRC commended Dubai Customs for its outstanding performance over the years. The success was attributed to the implementation of advanced digital systems and the refinement of inspector skills, enhancing the ability to enforce stringent control over shipments, expedite customs clearance, and contribute to thwarting the smuggling of counterfeit goods across borders.

They also noted that strengthening relations with Dubai Customs would foster increased trade between the two parties and enhance security cooperation in identifying suspicious shipments.

Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, Director General of Dubai Customs underscored the robust ties between the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom, emphasising the positive impact on trade exchanges and the broader collaboration in commercial, investment, and security aspects within the customs inspection sector.

Dubai Customs and HMRC also conducted a collaborative training workshop on Illicit Trade and Border Protection which aimed to facilitate the exchange of experiences, promote best practices, raise awareness about risks and threats, and address methods of tax manipulation.

Additionally, the workshop focused on effective analysis methods and strategies for combating illicit trade, with a specific emphasis on addressing organised crime and illegal trade operations.

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