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5,492 ATA Carnets issued, received for goods, commodities worth AED5 billion in 2023: Dubai Chamber of Commerce

DUBAI: Dubai Chamber of Commerce, one of the three chambers operating under the umbrella of Dubai Chambers, has revealed that record growth was achieved in the value of goods and commodities imported under ATA Carnets during 2023. A total of 5,492 ATA Carnets were issued and received for goods and commodities worth AED5 billion, representing a remarkable year-over-year growth of 47 percent in value.

This record value reflects strong growth within Dubai’s exhibitions, events, and conferences sector, to which ATA Carnets are closely linked, and underlines the city’s growing status and reputation as a leading global destination for business and events.

Data from this year indicates that 1,118 ATA Carnets were issued and received for goods with a value of AED695 million during January and February alone, highlighting continuing positive momentum within the events and exhibitions sector in the emirate.

ATA Carnets are an effective tool in the attraction and organisation of international events and play a vital
role by facilitating the duty-free and tax-free temporary importation of goods for up to one year. This contributes significantly to enhancing the smooth movement and transportation of goods and equipment for exhibitions, shows, and other events.

Mohammad Ali Rashed Lootah, President and CEO of Dubai Chambers, stated that ATA Carnets enhance Dubai’s economic flexibility and boost the growth of various business sectors, especially in terms of simplifying customs procedures for the transport of goods and commodities to be used in exhibitions and shows. The ATA Carnet system has emerged as a key driver in positioning Dubai as a global hub for promotional exhibitions, events, and conferences.

Lootah added, ‘Dubai Chamber of Commerce is the guarantor for the implementation of the ATA Carnet system in the UAE, with impactful collaboration between the chamber and its partners in Dubai Customs, the Federal Customs Authority, and chambers of commerce across the UAE. We are committed to facilitating the movement of g
oods and commodities to enhance the competitiveness of the emirate and its business environment.’

Source: Emirates News Agency