DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Jan. 14 /CNW/ - Mr. Abdul Rahman Al Saleh,
the senior Executive Director of Corporate Affairs at Dubai Customs has
revealed that he foiled a number of attempts last year to smuggle banned rare
animals into the country.
This was announced at the press conference held on Wednesday 14th January
2009 at Dubai Customs main building. Mr. Yousif Al Sahlawi, Executive Director
of Customs Policies and Legislations and Mr. Mohammed Al Marri, Executive
Director of Customs Cargo Operations took part, in the presence of a number of
media representatives and Arab and International news agencies'
Mr. Al Saleh announced the discovery of attempts to bring into Dubai or
re-export rare animal products including endangered lions, smuggled ivory,
stuffed crocodiles, rare birds, deers, falcons and stuffed foxes. Many of
these articles are internationally banned under the Convention on
International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and
international laws prohibiting trade in endangered species of animals.
"Dubai Customs being committed to international laws and agreements and
the Common Customs Law of the GCC States lurks in all attempts to bring into
the country prohibited products including endangered animals manufactured
products," he affirmed.
Mr. Al Saleh pointed out that the UAE joined CITES, which controls trade
in endangered species of wild fauna and flora to protect human natural legacy,
For his part, Mr. Yousif Al Sahlawi stated that "The UAE complying with
CITES and recognizing the importance of maintaining worldwide animal and plant
wealth in general and UAE in particular, has issued the Federal Law No. (11)
Of 2002 to regulate and control international trade in endangered species of
wild fauna and flora. A guide identifying the most important species of
animals and plants being popular in international trade and wild life,
particularly those existing in UAE, was issued as well."
Mr. Mohammed Al Marri confirmed that, "Dubai Customs demonstrates special
interest in combating smuggling of prohibited and restricted goods including
endangered animals. To this end, a number of workshops for customs inspectors
have been conducted. Dubai Customs uses the latest technologies and equipment
in the world to prohibit entry of these products into Dubai and seeks to
develop the appropriate plans forbidding smuggling of prohibited and
restricted goods and those requiring a procedure as the relevant restrictions
and controls have been circulated to all respective customs centers."
The World Customs Organization (WCO) has designated January 15, 2009 as a
day for intensifying efforts and tightening measures for combating the
smuggling of endangered species of animals and plants. Dubai Customs plans to
participate in this campaign by instigating effective initiatives which it
will present on Customs International Day on 26th January 2009, which will be
held under the theme of "Customs and Environment - Protection of Natural
For further information:
For further information: Mourad Tlili, Public Relations & Media Manager,
Communication Department, Dubai Customs, Phone: +971-4-3023922, Fax:
+971-4-3456010, Mobile: +971-504735462, P.O. Box: 63, Dubai, UAE