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UAE President issues law on commodities subject to import and export control procedures

posted on 02/09/2007: 1192 views



President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan yesterday issued Federal Law No. 13 of 2007 on commodities that are subject to import and export control procedures.

Chapter 1 of the new law authorizes the concerned authorities to ban or restrict the importing, exporting or re-exporting of any commodity for reasons related to safety, public health, environment, natural resources, national security or for reasons related to the UAE's foreign policy, taking into account any restrictions which may currently be imposed on those commodities by laws already in effect and by the existing powers of the concerned authorities, and in compliance with the international treaties that the UAE ratified or joined.

The new federal law seeks to standardize such procedures throughout the UAE, since geographically-limited procedures would not provide the desired result of banning or restricting a particular commodity and because varying or differing control procedures would disrupt trade in the country as a whole.

The new law directs the cabinet to order the establishment of a new control body to be known as the National Commission for Commodities Subject to Import, Export and Re-export Control. A representative of the Ministry of Economy (MoE) shall head the new commission, whose membership will include representatives of other concerned federal ministries and bodies and the private sector. It will be tasked with cooperating and coordinating with relevant authorities on the rules introduced to control imports and exports in compliance with the new law. It will also provide technical advice to federal and local bodies to ensure the enforcement provisions of Chapter 1 are applied in the best interest of the integrity of the country's trade interests.

Accordingly, any local body or department that has reasons to ban or restrict a certain commodity will recommend the commission to do the same nationwide. The said commission will also inspect the procedures that are currently in place in the country and which form the base for any possible bans or restrictions on any commodities.

Provisions of Chapter 1 of the new Law include the general framework for control of the issue of import and export licenses, namely the period set to consider applications and any complaints from applicants against decisions by the relevant body to cancel licenses.

Chapter 2 regulates the procedures aimed at controlling the import and export of strategic commodities as well as the export and re-export of technological commodities, in addition to the brokerage of imports or transport of the same. (Emirates News Agency, WAM)

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