FCA initiates smart systems UAE-TIR, RAMS to improve customs operations

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
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The UAE Federal Customs Authority (FCA) has rolled out the UAE-TIR and the Ranking Assessment management System (RAMS), two smart systems developed by the authority to employ artificial intelligence (AI) techniques and enhance the customs operations in the country.

The smart system UAE-TIR was developed to manage customs risks nationally and internationally by meeting the standards of international regulations in the field of international road transport.

The system targets to simplify customs procedures at border crossings, ease the international trade and land transport movement, support the supply chain and bring low-cost electronic procedures in the shipping and passage through border ports and more effective method.

The RAMS is an independent system developed 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.

The new management stem allows customs authorities to prepare reports, monitor and evaluate the status and efficiency of ports and offer the required support to them immediately by the support units.

Ali Saeed Matar Alneyadi, Commissioner of Customs and Chairman of FCA, stated that the UAE holds a key position in the global trade map and it is a commercial gateway for the Middle and Near East region, which entails a great responsibility on the customs sector in supporting that position.

Ali Saeed Matar Alneyadi
Ali Saeed Matar Alneyadi
Customs Commissioner
FCA – Chairman

“Based on the principles of the UAE Vision 2021 and the UAE Centennial 2071, which aims to build a competitive economy based on knowledge, the FCA has worked to build a working 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 meets the requirements of the Trade Facilitation Agreement of the World Trade Organisation and the International Road Transport Agreement after the UAE began activating the TIR system on 18th December 2017.

National and international customs administrations, transport and freight companies, the UAE Automobile and Touring Club, the International Road Transport Union, the Federal Land and Maritime Transport Authority, and the countries that implement the international TIR system will get the advantage from the UAE-TIR system.

The authority is implementing a future plan to create the systems and add them all to the UAE Customs Portal and to employ modern technologies to raise the efficiency of these systems.