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Customs launch one-window facility

January 26, 2014


Muscat : Under the auspices of Minister of Commerce and Industry Dr Ali bin Masoud Al Sunaidi , the Royal Oman Police (ROP) yesterday launched the Integrated Customs Management System and Single Electronic Window System. This new facility will help businesses, contribute towards economic development, encourage investments, and protect the society against environment, health, safety and economic risks. The project also aims at enhancing the security, health and environment control over goods that are exported, imported or re-exported, besides the transit goods. All public and private sector organisations will be connected to the Customs through a single electronic window and the financial and banking operations and procedures will be processed automatically, thus reducing the cost of imports and exports. The system will ensure better ranking for the Sultanate in international business and economy forums. The project aims at encouraging importers and exporters to use the Omani ports. It provides the business community with electronic services in a record time. It will also provide accurate analysis for international trade, thus enabling investors and business owners to prepare realistic feasibility studies. The project also aims at combating commercial fraud and limit the import of imitated goods. It will also build an electronic database on customs, security, health and environment risks. The system comprises three sub-systems, of which the first is the custom management system an advanced computer system that is in line with international practice. The second is the risk management system that identifies the risks and analyses these to take the necessary measures in line with the standards already integrated in the system. The third system is the single window system, which connects all the respective public and private authorities with the Public Authority for Customs through a single platform to provide the best custom service at all official ports. Ali Al Sunaidi said in a statement that the launch of the Integrated Customs Management System and Single Electronic Window System at one time is very important. He pointed out that a Singaporean company has been appointed to carry out this project, which would allow more control over the data related to exports and imports. The data would be available round the clock. He also said that the system would enable businessmen to clear their goods even before they arrive in the Sultanate. This is very important for the transit goods. The project also meets the security and economic needs of the Sultanate.

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Source: Times of Oman

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