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Food authority streamlines import procedures

Quick release of food shipments will ensure smoother entry to domestic markets in UAE

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Abu Dhabi: The Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA), in collaboration with Abu Dhabi General Administration of Customs, has modernised food-import clearance checks at ports in the capital, said officials on Monday.

Using advanced information and communication technologies will help streamline customer’s experience to complete their transactions in a smooth and quick manner, said the authority.

Thamer Rashid Al Qasimi, ADFCA spokesperson, said the authority aims to reduce the time taken for providing services to customers, such as inspection of imported food shipments.

“The ADFCA also developed the system of collecting and analysing samples according to the products’ risk level-based system, taking advantage of the previous databases of the sample results,” he said.

He pointed out that updates include providing free services at the emirate’s border ports and extending working hours at Adfca’s Khalifa port office. To ease customs clearance procedures of food shipments at Khalifa port, ADFCA extended the inspection working days and hours from 7am to 11pm throughout the week.

He noted that importers can obtain direct approval to follow-up the shipments being transferred between the country’s different emirates through the federal system for food products classification and registration.

The quick release of food shipments will ensure entry to the domestic markets directly, said Al Qasimi, adding that Adfca’s inspectors take samples from these shipments and analyse them efficiently in cooperation with the laboratories of Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council.

Al Qasimi stressed that such updates would provide important services in areas of customs clearance and managing the shipment movement at the country’s borders ports easily, safely and in record time, compared to traditional procedures that have been followed over the past years.

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