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Dubai Customs scores 96.2% on happiness index in 2016

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Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem
Emirates   Dubai Customs is working on an award program

Dubai Customs scored an overall 96.2% on Dubai Smart Office’s happiness meter.

Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, group chairman and chief executive officer of DP World said he is happy with the result of this important evaluation that covered the website, the services and customs centers.

Dubai Customs scored 96.4% in the 3rd quarter and 97.1% in the last quarter. Last May, it came first by scoring 95% on the happiness index, which is one of Dubai smart initiatives that aim at increasing productivity and improving services.

Dubai Customs is working currently on an award program to reward clients who use the Department’s services.

The new smart workspace accelerated the process of finalizing customs declarations and reduced the time from 4 to 5 minutes instead of 20 to 40 minutes. Declarations consumed an average of 1.76 million man-hours annually and now, using the new smart platform, the number is reduced to only 360,000 man-hours; which means a five-fold reduction.

This helps boost customs transactions and increase Dubai non-oil trade which witnessed a 17% increase during the first half of 2016 compared to the same period in 2015.

The new smart workspace will also help companies save AED 68 million annually. This helped raise client satisfaction and boost Dubai Customs further to maintain its position being the top department on Smart Dubai Office’s happiness meter.

The number of declarations which were done through the Smart Workspace rose by 53% from May to November 2016, the number of companies using it rose by 74%, and the users rose by 78% from April to October 2016.

The Smart Inspection Glasses help make the inspection process easier, more efficient and precise whilst saving time and effort.

The glasses instantly display the container's customs declaration, as well as its risk assessment and x-ray images on a one-stop little screen, and accordingly help inspectors take proper measures. Inspectors can submit their reports using either the virtual keyboard or the voice tool.

The Smart Virtual Agent initiative is a smart channel for communication with customers which can respond to their enquiries about customs services, procedures and regulations.

The Smart Virtual Agent is an intelligent tool which operates 24/7 without the need for any human intervention. This self-improving platform uses Dubai Customs’ updated database and memorized similar cases to answer customer inquiries.

Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) program aims at establishing strategic partnerships with businesses to ensure security of the international supply chain and facilitate global trade.

The application procedure will consist of completing an Application form, Self-assessment questionnaire, On-site audit by Dubai Customs, Certification.

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