A training program for customs agents started on Sunday at Qatar Chamber(QC) headquarters with a joint organization between the chamber and the General Authority of Customs (GAC).
The program, which runs until November 15, involves a set of topics, including customs law, customs idioms, customs clearance, protection of intellectual property rights and outstanding issues related to fees and international organizations and conventions, Qatar Chamber said in a press release.
Trainees will be introduced to customs procedures; rules of origin; the harmonized system; facilitation, commitment, customs exemptions in addition to other topics of relevance. The program is divided throughout 96 hours and lasts for 16 days.
A group of customs experts lecture in the program in which trainees are to receive a certificate after concluding it.
Guma Al Nuaimi , GAC Head of Customs Agents Affairs , said in the opening ceremony that the program aims at developing and strengthening skills of working in this career for the benefit of facilitating clearance procedures.
It provides participants full knowledge on all customs related laws and procedures, he added.
For his part , QC Training & Development Officer Dr. Ahmed Usama stressed that this program is among the latest services provided by the department to fulfill the need of companies willing to facilitate their transactions in ports.
He thanked members of the QC-GAC joint committee for efforts being exerted in organizing this training program . About 50 trainees are taking part in the course and the final exam will be at the Authority premises, Usama noted.
GAC Acting Director of Customs Affairs Sultan Abdul Latif Al Nuaimi hailed the cooperation with the Chamber , stressing its benefits in simplifying procedures and flow of goods.
Saleh al-Sharqi, QC acting general manager, affirmed that QC has a special interest in improving the skills of customs clearance officers and equipping them with the most sophisticated professional qualification in the field, which will reflect positively on the flow of trade to and from the country.