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Dubai-Japan trade reached $8.4bn in first nine months of 2017

Dubai Customs hopes to better cater to the needs of the Japanese business community

Dubai-Japan trade reached $8.4bn in first nine months of 2017

Dubai’s non-oil foreign trade with Japan totalled $8.4b (AED31b) during the first nine months of 2017, compared to $11.9b (AED44b) during the same period in 2016, according to director of Dubai Customs Ahmed Musabih.

Musabih’s comments came during a meeting with Japanese consul-general Akima Umezawa, in which the pair discussed strengthening trade and customs ties between the two countries, with Musabih highlighting Dubai Customs’ aim of better catering to the needs of the Japanese business community in terms of customs and border services.

“We ensure our trading partners have the finest of customs facilities that give real added value to their active business sectors in Dubai,” said Musabih.

“Dubai Customs is keen to directly engage with all Japanese businesses based in Dubai through our Irtibat link channel, so as to solve any issues they may face and help maximize their performance and trade returns,” he said.

Joint trade between Dubai and Japan has significantly benefited from smooth customs services delivered by Dubai Customs, according to Musabih.

“We seek to add more growth to this trade through enhanced communication and cooperation with all Japanese business actors, in a way that also benefits the sustainable economic development of Dubai and the UAE,” he added.

Japan’s Umezaw praised Dubai’s position as a global trade hub for major markets.