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Customs President chairs GCC union meeting
8th February, 2017

Customs President Shaikh Ahmed bin Hamad Al Khalifa chaired the 17th GCC Customs Union meeting on Wednesday. The union members, Assistant Secretary-General of the Economic and Development Affairs Saeed Al Abri and representatives of the member countries attended the meeting at the Public Security Officers Club. The meeting followed up on the results and reports drafted by the Customs Union teams and technical committees and discussed the issues reviewed at the earlier meetings.  

The Customs President thanked Saudi Arabia for its efforts when it chaired the previous session. The meeting discussed issues including the truck traffic between member countries and decided to form a team to draft a report which would be referred to the Economic and Development Affairs Authority.

It also reviewed a report on e-transfers and the results of money transfers between member countries. They agreed to formulate guidelines for direct e-transfer of customs fees. The meeting also decided to organise a visit to Turkey to learn about the customs issues relating to the railways. The next meeting will be held on May 19 at the GCC Secretariat-General in Riyadh.