Dubai Customs deploys high-tech amphibious inspection vehicle


Dubai Customs deploys high-tech amphibious inspection vehicle

Fitted with high-tech detectors, the solar-powered vehicle can scan illegal materials on both land and wate

Ships carrying hazardous and illegal substances can now be stopped from a distance of 300 metres with the launch of the first-of-its-kind amphibious vehicle designed by Dubai Customs.

Dubai Customs has launched an amphibious car for detecting illicit and hazardous substances in Dubai Creek and surrounding areas. The vehicle, which functions as a mobile lab, is equipped with high-end solar-powered technologies and can detect prohibited substances from up to a distance of 300 metres. The objective of the project is to aid Customs inspectors in the execution of their duties and responsibilities as well as putting an end to illegal goods entering the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The amphibious car will monitor ships and vehicles and remotely detect substances considered to be a threat to the region. The equipment on board the mobile lab is capable of scanning the perimeter, body and internal parts of a sea vessel. More than 10 high-tech inspection devices are part of this unique and innovative project, which is the first of its kind in the world. The lab equipment can analyse and give speedy results for over 60,000 chemical substances.

“It is the first amphibious laboratory in the world that can detect illegal and hazardous substances, such as drugs and radioactive materials, smuggled in steamboats and wooden dhows. It is equipped with advanced cameras that can send live videos and images to the main control room,” said Sami Eisa, the person behind the idea and Manager of the Intelligence Department in Dubai Customs.

Its solar-powered operation makes it eco-friendly, the remote inspections add to the efficiency of the inspection process, and the mobility reduces the need for fixed inspection centres, which are currently operating at a cost of  1 million Dirham each. It also adds to the safety of the inspection team by eliminating the need for boarding vehicles and reducing the risk of exposure to toxic substances.

Unveiled at the Gitex Technology Week 2015 (held at the Dubai World Trade Centre from 18 to 22 October), the Amphibious Lab Vehicle was highly appreciated by visitors as a visionary idea and ground-breaking initiative in the prohibition of illegitimate trade. It has been the recipient of IdeasUK and IdeasAmerica awards this year. The project reflects Dubai Customs’ eagerness to adapt modern technologies and improve the Department’s efficiency.

The amphibious vehicle received praise from His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, during his visit to the Dubai Customs stand at the Gitex exhibition

Iran Customs Administration issued the report of the country’s foreign trade performance

Based on the report of the Public Relations office of Iran Customs , the IT department reported that the value of imports reached 30 billion and 167 million dollars which demonstrates a drop of 22.34 percent compared to the figures of previous year.
Moreover, during the mentioned period of current Iranian year, the value of non-oil exports of our country reached 32 billion and 31 million dollars showing a decrease of 11.16 percent compared to the same period of pervious year.
The main items of non oil exports included petroleum gases and hydrocarbons in form of gas, liquefied propane and pitch, and the main importers of Iranian goods were China, Iraq, UAE, India and Afghanistan respectively.
The main import items of our country consisted of corn for animal feeding with share of 3.50 percent, wheat with share 2.09 percent, soy bean with 1.94 percent, and soy bean meal with share of 1.73 percent .These items were imported from China, UAE, South Korea, Turkey and Switzerland respectively.

E- TIR pilot success between Iran and Turkey

E- TIR pilot success between Iran and Turkey

Two pilot transports performed with digital procedures have brought the next generation of TIR one step closer to reality.

Geneva – Two eTIR pilot transports, using fully digital TIR processes, were successfully completed for the first time ever earlier this month. Now proven, eTIR is ready for full implementation, set to reduce international transit costs and increase security.

Crossing the Bazargan-Gurbulak border between Iran and Turkey in both directions, the two shipments passed all border and customs formalities, replacing the usual paper-based procedures with digital data exchange between transport operators, customs authorities, the TIR System guaranteeing organisations and the UN. The pilot was conducted between 27 November and 4 December.

The project was led by the Turkish and Iranian customs authorities, two pioneer volunteer transport operators and the two countries’ respective TIR Guaranteeing Associations, ICCIMA and TOBB, working together with IRU and the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).

“These successful pilots mean that the promise of a paperless TIR System, and the benefits it will bring to international trade facilitation and security, are closer than ever before,” said Umberto de Pretto, IRU Secretary General.

Designed for low-cost implementation, eTIR needs only minor adjustments to existing national customs systems, transport operators and national Guaranteeing Associations.
The new eTIR system allows customs to receive declaration information from the transport operator in advance to allow them to run risk assessments and ultimately speed up border transits, reducing costs. Guarantees can also be ordered on-line, avoiding paper-based processing and saving additional time and money.

As all relevant TIR stakeholders can monitor TIR transports on-line, and the guarantee status is received directly from the guarantor, security of the TIR System is also significantly enhanced.

One of the UN’s oldest and most successful private-public partnerships, TIR dates to 1949 and, with ongoing innovation through the decades, now facilitates millions of transits every year, helping boost trade, development and prosperity.