New body aims to ease border flow for motorists
Dubai, September 12, 2012
Measures to simplify procedures for motoring tourists when driving across borders in the Middle East and worldwide were top of the agenda for the newly formed AIT/FIA Customs Council in Dubai today (September 12).
The new body, established earlier this year by the Alliance Internationale de Tourisme (AIT) and the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), was meeting for the first time to discuss key issues at border crossings, to develop a working plan for the next 12 months, and elect senior officials.
One of its key objectives is to make it quicker and easier for motoring tourists to travel from country to country with the use of official Carnet de Passage en Douane (CPDs) or “trip tickets, which are issued exclusively in the Emirates by Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE (ATCUAE).
CPDs simplify customs formalities when presented along with a Certificate of Tourism, and around 30,000 to 40,000 are issued annually by the ATCUAE to people driving outside the Emirates into the rest of the GCC states, and onwards to other neighbouring countries such as Lebanon, Jordan and Syria.
Today’s meeting, hosted by the ATCUAE at its headquarters in Al Mamzar, Dubai, was chaired by Ortrud Birk, Director Strategy and Operations, FIA, with 12 FIA Customs Council members from Syria, Egypt, the UAE, India, Kuwait, Sweden, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, and Turkey also in attendance.
ATCUAE president Dr Mohammed Ben Sulayem, said: “In view of the large volume of CDPs that we issue every year, it is important that we are closely involved in the improvement of application procedures so that we and our neighbours in the GCC and wider Middle East maintain close relations.”
“It’s an honour for the club to host this first meeting of the Council and we look forward to playing our part in providing all national motoring bodies with improved licensing systems.” – TradeArabia News Service
More Motoring Stories
- BMW unveils mobile site, iDrive in Arabic
- Toyota holds body and paint contest in Bahrain
- 330 tonnes of specialist racing cargo for Bahrain
- Automatic licence holders 'can't drive manual cars in Qatar'
- Jaguar Land Rover wins advertising award
- Rolls-Royce to buy key Daimler stake
- Nissan develops ‘smart rearview mirror’
- Dubai Taxi to offer Wi-Fi Internet in cabs
- Infiniti unveils new engine for Q50 Eau Rouge
- Bentley to debut Continental GT Speed at Geneva
- 17 die on Saudi roads daily
- Gargash to build showrooms for China automaker
- Jaguar to launch new sports sedan
- Jaguar Land Rover launches pre-owned programme
- Nissan Patrol sales hit top gear in Jan
- Al-Futtaim wins control of Kenya motor firm
- Dubai RTA, vehicle mortgagers improve service
- Arabian Auto posts 20pc rise in Nissan sales
- Global premiere for two Maserati models
- New Lexus wins Wheels magazine award
- Batelco to hold annual motor show
- Hyundai to unveil Intrado at Geneva
- Bahrain circuit to honour Schumacher
- Hertz unveils big plans for ME travellers
- F1 stars meet racing fans in Bahrain
- New Audi A3 Sedan launched in Bahrain
- Tata mulls Jaguar Land Rover plant in Saudi
- Nissan to showcase top models at Geneva show
- 51pc Dubai car buyers 'dissatisfied' with price
- Kia on Tour to start next week