DOHA: The Prime Minister and Minister of Interior H E Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani yesterday opened the Doha Port’s Services Complex, which is expected to speed up the customs clearance procedures.
The Prime Minister toured the complex and was briefed on the services at the facility including the clearance of customs procedures and transactions, and the functioning of the different departments there.
The Minister of Transport H E Jassem bin Saif Al Sulaiti and a number of other dignitaries were present at the ceremony. Al Sulaiti said services complex will speed up the procedures and improve efficiency, assisting navigation agents, custom clearance companies and others.
He said the complex is one of the constructive ideas of Qatar Company for Ports Management (Mawani Qatar).
“We are fully aware of the requirements of the present and the future stages. Such requirements include upgrading the efficiency of sea, air and land ports, increasing capacity, reducing processing time and accelerating transaction completion to ensure that no goods or products are delayed in line with the accelerated pace in completing national projects and the requirements of hosting the FIFA World Cup in Doha in 2022. We will continue our efforts and address any issues or obstacles,” said the minister.
“We are keeping up with the aspirations and requirements of the present stage by utilising and upgrading the efficiency of the existing facilities in the old port and addressing any obstacles or problems until the new port project is completed,” he said. The Minister added that the shipping processing time has been reduced from 48 hours to three hours and it will be further reduced to two hours in future. He added that the capacity of the port has increased from 500,000 containers to 750,000 containers per year. The services complex is at the Steel Yard, which is an outdoor yard located before the main gate of the entrance of Doha Port.
The building has two floors, shaded car parking areas and outdoor parking spaces. It is equipped with advanced communication, surveillance and firefighting equipment. It also has special entry and exit points for people with special needs.
The ground floor includes a large waiting area for the public with a large display screen and an automated device for the services to be provided by Mawani Qatar, the General Authority of Customs, and Qatar Navigation (Milaha).
The ground floor also has 25 services countres, including nine counters for Mawani Qatar, eight for the General Authority of Customs and nine for Milaha.
There are 18 offices in the second floor serving navigation agents, shipping companies, customs clearance companies and transportation companies.
Mawani Qatar provides the service of issuing entry permits to the visitors through the public service counters there. Two types of permits are issued; permanent and temporary.
The services provided by the General Authority of Customs include collecting customs revenues, clearance through following up all customs clearance after having paid the fees and the single window, an electronic system through which the application for the shipment to be cleared and completed.
Qatar Navigation (Milaha) services include recording the details of the goods as well as the containers and the vehicles transporting them before they enter and exit the port and collecting the revenues related to demurrage and handling fees.