Royal Oman Police (ROP) celebrates the International Customs Day
Under the slogan (SMART BOARDERS FOR SMOOTH TRADE, TRAVEL AND TRANSPORT)
The International Customs Day was celebrated by Royal Oman Police (ROP), which held this year under the slogan "smart borders for smooth trade, travel and transport." The ceremony was held at the headquarters of the Directorate General of Customs in Muscat under the patronage of Major General Hamad bin Suleiman al-Hatmi, operations assistant Inspector General of Police and Customs and a number of Excellences, representatives of government agencies and the private sector related to customs work.
The ceremony began with a speech by Colonel Khalifa bin Ali al-Syabi, Director General of Customs, explaining that the Royal Oman Police represented in the Director General of Customs continues the process of development and modernization in various aspects of customs work, referring to a number of steps taken by the GDC To simplify customs procedures and facilitate the movement of trade, including the implementation of the decision of the Council of Ministers to establish a single station for inspection in conjunction with the system of " Bayan" and the development of a comprehensive system to measure the actual performance of customs in the areas of trade facilitation, control of ports and develop of a comprehensive cooperation methodology with all relevant authorities to work to simplify customs procedures and provide better services.
The DG of Customs also referred to a number of initiatives launched by the Directorate General of Customs, most notably the initiative of the approved economic operator (AEO) and the investment, outstanding customs duties warehouses and free customs broker project, to enhance partnership with private sector institutions, facilitate the flow of goods. encouraging investment to achieve the best levels of providing services and facilities for the commercial community.
A video clip on the WCO Secretary-General's speech on the occasion of International Customs Day was presented about the organization's slogan for this year: "Smart limits for smooth trade, travel and transport." He pointed to the need to use modern technologies with increasing traffic of goods and passengers and that customs performance is measurable, ensuring the safety and security of the international supply chain. At the end of his speech, the Secretary General called on all customs departments to observe the International Customs Day to review the achievements made and plan for the future with great diligence.
Customs Documentary Film
This was followed by the screening of "Customs Memory" film, a documentary about the development of customs work in the Sultanate since the seventies through a series of interviews with retired customs officers who document the development stages of Omani customs in terms of the abilities and techniques used and the development of customs procedures and legislation, all that in accordance with the changes of the movement of international trade, competition in attracting investments and strengthening the fields of industry and logistics.
Oman customs magazine
Then, the first issue the electronic magazine of (Oman Customs), a magazine dealing with customs work in the Sultanate as well as other related aspects such as trade, economy and security aspects, was launched as the first shield of the country from the risks and threats of various forms. Showing customs as an important economic resource for national income. The first issue of the magazine includes news and events of the DG of Customs and highlights aspects of development such as the computerization (automation) of customs procedures and customs processes of the new system (Bayan), an integrated electronic system that provides services and facilities for citizens, the commercial community and general issues related to customs work such as smuggling, customs clearance, automatic transfer of customs duties and a number of reports in the unified customs tariff for GCC countries and customs laws.
A moment of honor
At the end of the occasion, Major General Assistant Inspector General of Police and Customs for Operations honored the distinguished officers at the Directorate General of Customs and a number of customs supporters from various government agencies and the private sector with certificates of good conduct from the World Customs Organization (WCO) and the port of Sohar as the best customs port for 2018.The Department of Investigation and Risk Assessment honored in the performance of the glorious customs, the Police Task Force as the best military authority and the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs as the best two sectors of the public sector associated with the system of " Bayan" and grant the certificate of approved economic operator (AEO) for both the Arab for logistics solutions and the Khalili companies.
The DG of Customs presented a commemorative gift to the Assistant General Inspector of Police and Customs for the operations to sponsor the observance of International Customs Day.
On the sidelines of the ceremony, Major General Assistant Inspector General of Police and Customs of the operations, accompanied by the attendees, toured the customs exhibition, which tells the history of the Omani Customs. The exhibition embodies the role played by the DG of Customs since its beginning and the deeds and achievements it has achieved. In addition to the role of the DG of Customs in supporting the economy and combating smuggling and commercial fraud.
His Excellency also toured the exhibition of customs initiatives, which reflects a number of initiatives launched by the DG of Customs in 2018, aims to simplify customs procedures and facilitate the movement of trade exchange, on top of making the Sultanate a safe and attractive destination for investment. Free customs and investment warehouses with suspended customs tax/duty and the implementation of the Terrain International Transport convention (TIR).
The Major General and the attendees also visited the customs center call, which is responsible for responding to the calls of users of the system, and is interested in responding to inquiries regarding procedures. The major general and the attendees are briefed on the role of the operations center at the Directorate General of Customs. It is a center specialized in monitoring all imported and exported cargo routes.
An announcement to the commercial community and customs facilities on customs guarantee and certificate of origin.
In view of the current situations all over the world and the challenges facing importers to submit original documents, Royal Oman Police represented by the Directorate General of Customs in cooperation with the Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry has decided the following:
1. Documents accompanying the goods will be considered original documents without collecting the guarantee stipulated in Clause (9) of Article (1) of Customs Decision No. 38/2017 and Customs Circular No. 37/2017.
2. Acceptance of product authentication labels (including country of origin) in case the certificate of origin cannot be summited.
Importers must adhere to Customs procedures related to values, weights and proof of origin to avoid any legal accountability.
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.
Bayan System Outcome in 2019
Successive achievements and continuous development in order to facilitate trade movement and ease procedures.
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.
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 stuff, an official source in the Directorate General of Customs declared.
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.
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.
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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In compliance with, the decisions issued by the Supreme Committee in charge of examining
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
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.