Abu Dhabi Customs, in cooperation with the Abu Dhabi Digital Authority, will automate eCommerce policy procedures through the unified government services platform “TAMM”, which is scheduled to be completed before the end of 2021.
The initiative, which was launched during the GITEX Technology Week 2021, intends to facilitate the practice of business by improving the procedures for the movement of trade for shipments and keeping pace with the requirements of the growing trend towards eCommerce.
Further, this will contribute to increasing business volume through an advanced digital system capable of linking all customs systems in accordance with global best practices.
The General Administration of Abu Dhabi Customs seeks to provide a competitive investment environment that integrates with the private sector, simplifies customs procedures, and regulates personal goods movement through eCommerce platforms.
The eCommerce policy has been in effect since August 15, based on the Abu Dhabi government’s digital transformation strategy aimed at enhancing the emirate’s position as a regional and global logistical area and keeping pace with the UAE’s march for the next fifty years.
Companies wishing to engage in eCommerce activity must register and add the activity to the registration system at the Customs Licensing Department of the General Administration of Abu Dhabi Customs, as well as add the activity to the trade license, while licensed and registered logistics companies are allowed to clear goods in the authorized department of companies provided that their customers are eCommerce companies.
Further, the companies must obtain a customs registration number, and eCommerce companies must establish distribution centers for goods intended for sale through their electronic platforms in order to meet distribution center requirements. They must also provide dedicated and separated storage spaces for goods suspended from goods for which customs duties have already been performed in distribution centers.