FCA - UAE,Federal Customs Authority -United Arab Emirates
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Throughout its relatively short lifespan, bilateral agreements on customs technical and administrative cooperation represent one of the main axes in the FCA regional and international file. Regarding this file, the FCA departs from the basis that it is the official federal customs authority concerned with customs affairs, not to mention international obligations as an active member in the World Customs Organization, the World Trade Organization and international community. Agreements on mutual technical and administrative cooperation in customs affairs are considered among the most important conventions underscored by World Customs Organization for several reasons, on top of which are the following:
The authority also seeks, through the file of bilateral agreements, to transform the goal it has adopted as a motto since the beginning of its work, that is "Towards secure society … and fair trade", into a reality on ground, through protecting local society from negative economic, social and health impacts of forged and duplicate goods, monitoring the movement of dual-use materials, preserving intellectual property rights and rules of origin, and in the meantime facilitate movement of trade between the UAE and its trading partners around the world. International bilateral agreements are also intended to achieve both sides of the targeted customs equation, namely "secure society and fair trade" through a number of basic axes that are contained in the agreements, including enhancement of joint international cooperation in the area of customs affairs, combating violations that harm the security, economy and safety of the community, improving customs awareness and culture through exchange of expertise and information, establishment of joint training courses, issuance of legislations and regulations that facilitate passage for passengers and flow of goods, as well as highlighting the role of Customs (Authority) as an economic partner rather than a taxation authority. Other axes include furnishing agreements with basic rules that protect information relating to the legitimacy of access to information, using it for legitimate purposes, its adequacy for the purposes for which it is required and securely storing it.
During the past years, the UAE signed bilateral agreements with the following Countries: