Etihad Rail and the General Administration of Customs in Abu Dhabi signed an agreement to develop freight transport requirements, enabling trains to travel more efficiently through the adoption of the best practices and smart electronic technology.
Under the terms of the agreement, customs procedures for freight shipments and railway passenger transport will be developed and introduced within the country of origin or destination, and not on the actual border, unless there are exceptional circumstances. Etihad Rail and the General Administration of Customs in Abu Dhabi will cooperate with the relevant customs authorities in the UAE to initiate revised operations and consequently, supporting growth and progress in various economic sectors throughout the region.
The agreement is part of the General Administration of Customs in Abu Dhabi’s commitment to build an integrated strategic plan for customs work in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
“This joint partnership agreement represents an important step in Etihad Rail’s future strategy and contributes to its vision of safely and sustainably connecting regions and integrating industries through rail-based transport. This will strengthen the role of the Etihad Rail project in promoting the UAE’s international trade and facilitate customs clearance, as well as establish a significant shift in the logistics sector by providing an efficient and sustainable rail network and unique shipping solutions in the UAE,” said the Chairman of Etihad Rail, Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.