Abu Dhabi Terminals (ADT) and the Automobile & Touring Club of the United Arab Emirates (ATCUAE) have entered into a strategic partnership to collaborate and promote the TIR system amongst stakeholders. The focus of the initiative will be the maritime movement of goods under import, export and transit Customs regimes using ADT’s Khalifa Port facilities.
The UN TIR system is a proven trade facilitation tool, as TIR authorised operators can move goods quickly across multiple customs territories, under Customs control, using a single guarantee. ATCUAE is the legal TIR-accredited association in the UAE. It is expected that the strategic partnership between these two parties will assist in streamlining procedures, while reducing the administrative burden both for Customs authorities and for transport and logistics companies.
TIR is used in all seven UAE Emirates and certified by Customs authorities. However, ADT is the first container terminal operator in the UAE to sign a strategic partnership agreement to promote TIR.
Ahmed Al Mutawa, CEO of ADT, said, “Demand for our services and maritime traffic has grown exponentially over the past few years. We are also doubling our capacity by the end of 2020, and our terminal will be linked to Etihad Rail in future. Therefore, with growing traffic and expansion of our hinterland beyond UAE borders, it is imperative that ADT should promote tools and products that improves the ease of doing business for our customers.”