Dubai's food trade tops $19bn in first 9 months of 2017

Dubai Customs figures reveal that imports made up the lion's share of external trade last year
By Staff writer
Tue 20 Feb 2018 01:43 PM

Dubai's food trade exceeded AED70 billion ($19 billion) during the first nine months of 2017, according to new figures.

Statistics issued by Dubai Customs in parallel with Gulfood 2018 showed that imports had the lion’s share with AED44.6 billion, followed by exports with AED12.6 billion and re-exports with AED12.9 billion. 

“Promoting external trade in support of national economy is a priority for us at Dubai Customs following the wise vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai,” said Ahmed Abdul Salam Kazim, director of Strategy and Corporate Excellence at Dubai Customs.

“We facilitate the business by introducing the latest and best services in clearing cargo to help a better trade flow of food products from and into the country."

He added: "Dubai has become an essential trade corridor for foodstuffs in the region, owing to its advanced infrastructure and efficient customs services that insure easy access of dietary supplies to the surrounding markets in record time."

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