It contributed to the increase in the volume of Dubai's exports and imports

Sultan bin Sulayem: Increasing the voyages of wooden ships to 10.5 thousand voyages during 2022

The Chairman of the Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation, Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, confirmed that the initiatives and projects of the Corporation and the efforts of the Office of the Navigational Agent for Wooden Ships contributed to accelerating the entry and exit procedures for wooden ships to Dubai, which reflected positively on the increase in the volume of voyages, and thus the increase in the volume of exports and imports and the growth of trade volume. Through wooden ships, with the reduction of the time taken to load and complete the procedures of one ship from 40 days in the past to about three to five days only, bringing the number of trips from 9,000 trips in the year 2021 to more than 10,500 trips in the year 2022, an increase of 12%. %, which enhances Dubai's position as a major center for global trade.

Bin Sulayem indicated that the Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation has adopted a set of programs and projects that contribute to supporting the Dubai Economic Agenda "D33" launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, in early January 2023. , for the next 10 years, and keeping pace with its goals of doubling the size of Dubai's economy over the next decade, to be among the three best economic cities in the world.

The Office of the Shipping Agent for Wooden Ships affiliated to the Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation undertakes the task of supervising wooden ships coming to Dubai, and organizing all operations related to them during their stay in the emirate’s waters, as part of the Corporation’s continuous endeavor to develop the trade and business environment in Dubai and make it a regional center that attracts various sectors. commerce.

The Chairman of the Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation noted the role of the Shipping Agent Office for Wooden Ships in promoting trade with neighboring countries by harnessing all capabilities that contribute to achieving flexibility and smooth movement of entry and exit of ships to Dubai through three main ports and berths, including: Dubai Creek, Deira Port and Hamriya Port. Dubai is a major destination for wooden ships carrying various types of goods and commercial commodities from many countries in the Middle East and North Africa region. The amount of goods transported by these ships exceeds 1.7 million tons annually.

For his part, the Executive Director of the Shipping Agent Office, Mahmoud Amin Khoury, emphasized the efforts of the Shipping Agent Office for Wooden Ships, which works to simplify entry procedures for merchants and their wooden ships more smoothly and grant them better facilities.

He said that the office is working to accelerate the movement of wooden ships to enable those in charge of them to make multiple trips instead of one trip per month, explaining that the office has succeeded in reducing the number of waiting hours for wooden ships to leave from eight to 10 hours to 30 minutes to sail outside the emirate, which contributed to Increased vessel traffic.

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The head of the Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation, Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, stressed the role of the office of the shipping agent for wooden ships in developing the trade sector based on wooden ships, by proposing the necessary legislation and decisions to organize and develop wooden ship operations, and adopting services and initiatives that contribute to accelerating the pace of clearing transactions. In addition to his responsibility to take care of the interests of those ships and ensure the safety and protection of the sailors working on them, and guarantee their rights while they are in Dubai, in cooperation and coordination with the competent authorities in the country.

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