The Federal Customs Authority has officially launched the UAE-TIR and the Ranking Assessment management System (RAMS) being the latest smart systems that the authority has developed over the past months with the aim of employing artificial intelligence techniques to improve the level of customs work in the country.
The "UAE-TIR" system is a smart system developed to manage customs risks meeting the requirements of international regulations in the field of international road transport. It aims to simplify customs procedures at border crossings, facilitate trade and international land transport movement, support the supply chain and supply and complete shipping and passage procedures through border ports electronically at a lower cost, shorter time period, and more effective method.
While the Ranking Assessment management System (RAMS) is an independent system created by the Authority to manage customs control and inspection operations and it is operated by tablets to strengthen control over customs ports and centers in the country and enable customs inspectors and controllers in the authority to prepare comprehensive customs reports, monitor and evaluate the status and efficiency of customs ports and provide the necessary support to them immediately by the support units.
His Excellency H.E Ali Saeed Matar Alneyadi, Commissioner of Customs - Chairman of FCA, said in press statements on this occasion that the United Arab Emirates occupies a prominent position in the global trade map. It is an active strategic partner in the global trade system and a regional trade center and a commercial gateway for the Middle and Near East region, which entails a great responsibility on the customs sector in supporting that position by developing customs systems and transforming them into electronic and smart systems with national hands whereby saving time and effort in completing operations and contributing to enhancing the attractiveness of the business environment and attracting competencies and major companies in the world.
His Excellency added: "Based on the principles of the UAE Vision 2021 and the UAE Centennial 2071, which aims to build a competitive economy based on knowledge, and in response to the directives of the wise leadership, the Federal Customs Authority has worked to build a work system that includes electronic and smart systems in cooperation with its strategic partners to facilitate the movement of trade and simplify and automate customs procedures, manage customs risks and facilitate the transit movement of trucks as an essential step towards preparing for the next 50 years".
The UAE TIR system is the latest in the authority's smart system. It meets the requirements of the Trade Facilitation Agreement of the World Trade Organization (TFA) and the International Road Transport Agreement (TIR) after the UAE began activating the TIR system on December 18, 2017, in addition to keeping pace with global technical development in this field, and strengthening the principle of transparency, freedom of transit and customs cooperation as the system allows the passage of vehicles or containers closed with customs seals from the country to the countries of the final destination according to easy procedures and without the need for inspection through border crossings and by using the global customs guarantee.
His Commissioner of Customs - Chairman of the Authority said that the UAE TIR system aims to strengthen the customs risk management system nationally and internationally by applying an advanced electronic mechanism for the approval of goods transport companies in the TIR system, providing electronic feedback from customs departments, and early detection of any potential violations in the transport of goods through border crossings by electronically exchanging national and international information about shipments and making it available to customs inspectors.
The UAE-TIR system also contributes to the growth of the national economy, enhancing the state's competitiveness, supporting the security system, preserving the stability of society, facilitating the implementation of fast-line projects to transport goods under the cover of “TIR" cards, simplifying customs procedures, facilitating the transit movement of trucks in a shorter period of time and at a lower cost and managing and supporting the movement of Trade in the Middle East and the world.
National and international customs administrations, national and international transport and freight companies, the Automobile and Touring Club of the United Arab Emirates, the International Road Transport Union, the Federal Land and Maritime Transport Authority, and the countries that implement the international TIR system will benefit from the UAE-TIR system.
His Excellency Ali Saeed Alneyadi explained that the smart control and inspection system enables the function of determining the customs center area directly on the dynamic map, distributing tasks to the observers at the external work sites through that map directly, preparing evaluation reports for both outlets and observers, and recording the entry and exit of inspectors and observers according to the geographical location enabling the authority to follow up their work and ensure their commitment to work hours.
The smart Ranking Assessment management System (RAMS) provides a number of other advantages, including the follow-up of inspection operations and assigning tasks automatically, collecting data and statistics of inspection operations directly from inspection devices, automating the process of checking the outlets, facilitating communication between team members, analyzing data, preparing models for operations, predicting results and anticipating the future in addition to exchanging reports and information confidentially and safely through the system.
Through the system, customs inspectors and observers present in the country's customs centers can submit daily reports to supervisors and monitor the status of customs centers on a daily basis. The system also allows the registration of trainers in the Security Customs Inspection Unit (K9) and customs dogs according to the specialty of the dogs (drugs, explosives), and to obligate the unit's work teams with the required tasks, evaluate their performance and submit reports on the tasks they carry out. In addition, the status of customs inspection devices is monitored and distributed through the system to the customs ports in the country.
His Excellency indicated that the authority is implementing a future plan to develop the systems it applies to and add them all to the UAE Customs Portal, employ modern technologies to raise the efficiency of these systems and continuously develop their performance and apply the feature of the smart report platform (Dash Board), which is characterized by analyzing and extracting systems that contain large-scale data in the form of dynamic drawings, issuance of reports directly and according to requirements, as well as the possibility of using them in managing customs risks.
The authority has recently launched the UAE Customs Portal as a unified electronic window that includes all the systems applied by the authority. The portal aims to activate communication with partners and users and enable them to complete operations and tasks as quickly as possible with the feature of unified sign-on that is consistent with international best practices.