Saudi Customs showcased its distinguished customs services at the Second edition of the Saudi Maritime Congress
Saudi Customs participated in the Second edition of the Saudi Maritime Congress that was held on 11th -13th of March 2019 under the patronage of Saudi Ports Authority “Mawani” in partnership with “Bahri”.
On the first day of the event, Mr. Suleiman bin Abdullah Al-Tuwaijri, Vice Governor of Saudi Customs, participated in the conference panel to present the role of Saudi Customs in transforming the kingdom into a global logistic hub in line with the vision 2030. He also highlighted the initiatives and programs implemented by Saudi Customs across its ports, in cooperation with its partners, which contributed in achieving the National Transformation Program 2020, and helped position the Kingdom in the 39th place in the Global Competitiveness Index (GCI) among 140 countries for the first time since 2012.
During his panel, Mr. Al- Tuwaijiri clarified that the “24-hour clearance program” that was launched by Saudi Customs at the end of 2017, reduced the average customs clearance duration of 80% of customs declarations, to less than 24 hours compared to 14 days in the past. He added that 50% of the shipments that go through the pre-arrival submission procedure, are cleared before their arrival to the ports.
In the same context, the Vice Governor explained that the authority is keen on digitizing Customs procedures, and so far they have succeeded in transforming the majority of customs procedures into electronic services. In this regard, he added that as part of its blockchain pilot program, Saudi Customs, with its IT partner, Tabadul, oversaw the integration of FASAH with TradeLens, a blockchain-enabled global shipping solution jointly developed by Maersk and IBM. He added that this integration for selected services ensures immutability, traceability, reduced reconciliation, auditability, and compliance and helps transform the maritime transport industry in the region and enable faster, transparent and safer operations.
Being a key player in the Saudi trade and logistics landscape, Saudi Customs participated in this pioneering event to introduce and showcase its recently launched trade facilitation programs and initiatives, and to present its achievements in this field.
Moreover, the Authority is looking to increase its participating in such events, to connect with the regional and international entities working in the maritime transport and logistics services sector, in line with the Kingdom’s strategic position and dynamic role in this sector.
At Saudi Customs Pavilion, visitors familiarized with the Authority’s strategy that aims to provide “distinguished customs services”, and contribute in transforming the Kingdom into a Global Logistics Hub. Visitors were also introduced to the latest developments that elevated the services provided by Saudi Customs, in line with the kingdom’s development, and to major trade facilitation achievements accomplished in the past couple of years. These achievements crowned by the launch of the “24-hour clearance program”, have positively reflected on the clearance outcome in customs ports across the Kingdom.
The Saudi Customs pavilion also highlighted one of its major programs, namely the “Authorized Economic Operator” which provides trade facilitation features to different business entities. Exporters, importers, customs brokers, carriers, shipping agents, and other logistics entities, that have secure supply chains, and comply with standards required, can register to the program and benefit from accelerated clearance declaration procedures.
It is worth mentioning that, the second Saudi Maritime Congress’ panels brought together Maritime transport and Logistics officials and experts from the private and public sectors to discuss the critical developments of the maritime transport and logistic sector in the Kingdom