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Approval of some investment incentives

The Director General of Customs is pleased to announce that in promotion of the logistics sector and Free Zones in particular

 

 

At the Directorate General of Customs took place yesterday the signing ceremony of cooperation program with the Oman National Transport Company (Mowasalat) to implement the International Land Transport Agreement (TIR), according to which the transportation company is the guarantor of the organization and issuance of internationally approved TIR cards.

The ceremony activities started with a speech delivered by Colonel Khalifa bin Ali Al-Siyabi, Director General of Customs, during which he clarified the Directorate General of Customs strategy in building effective partnerships with government and private agencies to achieve more integration and fruitful cooperation towards trade facilitation. He pointed out during his speech to the importance of the cooperation program with the company (Mowasalat), in order to ensure the effectiveness of the implementation of the TIR Agreement as a national guarantee for the regulation and issuance of transit cards, for trucks and cargo containers between countries of the world in a smooth and easy manner.

This was followed by a visual presentation on the TIR system to define this agreement, to which the Sultanate joined with the issuance of Royal No. 27/8/2018, which is a United Nations agreement and concerned with the transport of goods, indicating that the agreement aims to facilitate and unify customs procedures for transporting goods, explaining that the agreement seeks to ensure the movement of goods from the country of origin to the destination in the least restrictions and customs procedures at the borders of the country through which goods cross.

Finally, Colonel Khalifa bin Ali Al-Siyabi and Al-Fadil / Badr bin Muhammad Al-Nadabi, CEO of Mowasalat, signed the cooperation program between the Directorate General of Customs and Mowasalat company.

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Bayan System Outcome in 2019

Successive achievements and continuous development in order to facilitate trade movement and ease procedures.

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Thwarted a number of smuggling operations

QUANTITIES OF FOREIGN CURRENCIES & PLENTY OF PSYCHOTROPIC SUBSTANCES SEIZED AT MUSCAT INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

 

Customs officials at Muscat International Airport customs dept. thwarted a number of smuggling of large quantities of psychotropic substances as; Tramadol, Clonazepam and Pimazepam, during the inspection of passengers' luggage. The accused, who are of Asian nationalities, hid these prohibitions, intentionally, to smuggle them into the Sultanate. In another operation, customs officials seized an Asian passenger who tried to bring in various foreign currencies, professionally hidden among a group of leather wallets inside carton boxes.

 

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Foiling a number of smuggling cases

 

 

 

Directorate General of customs foiled a number of smuggling cases of cigarettesand tobacco products at borders of Wadi al-Jizi , Khatamat Malaha and Sohar/derivatives

 

 

 

 

The Directorate General of Customs prevented the smuggling of quantities of cigarettes and prohibited tobacco products at the Wadi al-Jizli outlet. The quantities of more than 10000 forbidden packages and 600 kilograms of chewing tobacco. These materials are, professionally hidden, in a truck loaded with sand. 

 In a another operation at Khatamat Malaha the police managed to thwart a professional smuggling of quantities of cigarettes hidden in the engine of a vehicle in a box specially designed for smuggling purposes. Another case of smuggling thwarted an operation of smuggling of chewing tobacco through Sohar port, which was hidden in boxes of food stuffan official source in the Directorate General of Customs declared. 

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Approval of some investment incentives

The Director General of Customs is pleased to announce that in promotion of the logistics sector and Free Zones in particular

 

 

The Director General of Customs is pleased to announce that in promotion of the logistics sector and Free Zones in particular, the following investment incentives are approved:

1.      Approved Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) companies are allowed to move goods to Free Zones against a single written guarantee;
2.      Companies may apply for written guarantees through the Bayan system provided they meet the following criteria:
        - No case or violations have been registered against the company "in the past two calendar years"),
        - The company is a high-volume trader, and
        - The activities covered by the guarantee will be conducted within a free zone.
3.      Written guarantees shall be valid for a period of up to 2 years, from the date of issue and may be renewed following re-assessment.
4.      Goods moving directly to a free zone shall be exempt from examination, at the time of movement, provided the company operates a reporting system that confirms goods entrance into the free zone.

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Directors of Customs discuss priorities and cooperation

MENA Directors of Customs discuss priorities and cooperation

 

 

02 March 2020

At the invitation of sheikh . Ahmed Al Khalifa, President of Bahrain customs and WCO Vice-Chair for the North of Africa, Near and Middle East (MENA) region, WCO Secretary General Dr. Kunio Mikuriya attended the Regional Meeting of Directors General of Customs held in Cairo, Egypt on 1 March 2020. The meeting brought together agents from 16 members of the region, the Regional Office for Capacity Building (ROCB) and the League of Arab States.

 

The Office of the Vice-Chair displayed an overhaul update on WCO activities, counting the results of the 82nd Session of the WCO Policy Commission held in December 2019 in Seoul, capital of Korea, the pilot project on the utilize of more languages at the WCO and the WCO Strategic Plan for 2019-2022. With respect to the Keyactivities, the Secretary General outlined the key activities being implemented under its nine priority fields. The participants’ consideration drawn by him, to the Environmental Scan as a key strategic document for identifying prioritized areas of work and highlighted the importance of Communications in Customs context. In conclusion, Dr. Mikuriya presented the WCO’s theme for 2020: Customs fostering Sustainability for People, Prosperity and the Planet.He concluded by underscoring the tall need to be given by Customs to environmental protection.

Moreover, members examined the subject of travel and the work underway concerning its frameworks for electronic cargo following, trade of electronic certificates of beginning, and electronic exchange of data in common.

The ROCB detailed on its later exercises and members communicated their bolster for the foundation of a more feasible approach to capacity building within theregion, counting the necessity to improve desires appraisal handle and increment the pool of accessible specialists and experts to back the delivery of activities.Invited members accepted the official foundation of a modern WCO regional Training Centre(RTC) in Kuwait, and recognized the hope expressed by Qatar customs to have its offices recognized as a WCO RTC within the close future.

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advance rulings

Directorate General of Customs launches advance-rulings initiative

On 23 July 2019, Muscat

In line with the Sultanate's celebrations of the Renaissance Day, the Royal Oman Police (ROP), represented by the Directorate General of Customs, has launched the Advance Rulings Initiative, one of the most important pillars of facilitating trade movement in the Sultanate. This initiative provides the business community the advantage of obtaining advance ruling of the goods by customs before proceeding with the import and export process. This initiative allows importers to obtain consistent customs guidance on how to handle their goods during the import and export process. The implementation of the advance-rulings is a continuation of the Government's efforts to achieve the aspirations of the National Logistics Strategy for 2040. This initiative will strengthen the Sultanate's capabilities with the business community in the regional and international circles to become a global trading center and an attractive investment climate by accelerating the process of clearing goods at ports by ensuring that customs and traders agree on import or export requirements, thus enhancing the confidence of the business community and reducing cost and time. This initiative allows traders to apply for advance ruling through via the Directorate General of Customs before the import or export procedures, relating to the origin, classification or valuation of the goods. Which will study the request and issue an advance ruling based on a specific timeframe, after which traders will receive official letter explaining the mechanism of dealing with his goods during the import and export process. These provisions are binding on each customs transaction for a specified period of time provided that the import/export conditions are the same as those stipulated in the application. "Advance-rulings are one of the strategies used by customs to enhance the efficiency of services provided and to develop their capabilities to predict the conduct of customs operations," said Colonel Khalifa bin Ali al-Sayabi, Director-General of Customs, "Building a partnership with customs contributes to the compliance of the business community and securing the supply chain on imports. The application of the advance- rulings comes from the Sultanate's commitment to the World Trade Organization to implement the Trade Facilitation Agreement, which recommends "accelerating the movement of goods and the efficiency of their clearance at the border exist-points." The commercial community will be able to receive the same and more transparent procedures in dealing with goods, which facilitating trade movement and giving it a competitive advantage.

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Announcement

In compliance with, the decisions issued by the Supreme Committee in charge of examining

 

 

Announcement

 

In compliance with, the decisions issued by the Supreme Committee in charge of examining the mechanism for dealing with developments resulting from the spread of the Corona virus (Covid-19), and in an effort by the Directorate General of Customs to limit its spread and upon the recommendation of the concerned bodies in the Ministry of Health, it was

decided to close the customs clearance offices at the Al - Wajaja port :

Starting from the day (6 May2020)

Accordingly, importers, exporters and customs brokers should take advantage of the Bayan system for remote customs clearance

Thank you

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Remote-Clearance Service

In order to contribute to curbing the spread of the Corona virus

In order to contribute to curbing the spread of the Corona virus, the Directorate General of Customs is pleased to provide the commercial community a remote-clearance service, which is not to require the presence of the owner of the goods or his representative (customs broker) for inspections procedures at sea and airports. Presence of the truck driver at land customs outlets is required.

The D.G.C. urge the commercial community to take advantage of the electronic services provided by the Customs Bayan System to ensure that their transactions are completed easily.

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Customs launched the program for investment bonded warehouses

Customs launched the program for investment bonded warehouses

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