Qatar Chamber, Customs plan online clearance mechanism

January 02, 2014 - 5:04:09 am

DOHA: The Qatar Chamber, representative body of the private sector, and the Customs Department have plans to jointly set up an electronic system whereby the approvals needed from the various agencies for import and export will be provided online.

The proposed system will use the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software to help communication between the involved parties — the Customs Department, the Qatar Chamber, importers and exporters and embassies of the countries concerned from where shipments are coming or being despatched.

Currently, the approvals are sought manually so the process is quite cumbersome and time-consuming.

The proposed ERP-based online system would also handle documents like certificate of origin for imports and exports as well as temporary imports and exports (goods that are brought here for exhibitions and taken back, or goods that are taken out of the country for expositions and brought back. Such goods are exempt from customs and tax levies under a system called Passport ATA Carnet).

Senior officials of the Customs Department yesterday met with Rumy Rowhani, Director-General of the Chamber, and discussed the above proposal and various other issues. The idea was to improve coordination between the Customs Department and the Qatar Chamber, Qatar News Agency (QNA) reported.The Peninsula

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