Dubai Customs reports that the emirate’s food trade increased in 2021

Dubai Customs today reported that the emirate’s foreign trade in food products increased by 11% to AED57 billion in 2021, up from AED51.4 billion in 2020. According to the latest figures released by Dubai Customs, exports increased by 11.3% to AED10.8 billion from AED9.7 billion in 2020, re-exports increased by 10% to AED7.9 billion from AED7.2 billion and imports increased by 11% to AED38.2 billion from AED34.4 billion.

In terms of volume, Dubai sold 14.1 million tonnes of food products in 2021, including 9.9 million tonnes of imports, 3 million tonnes of exports and 1.1 million tonnes of re-exports. 

“The holy month of Ramadan is just around the corner and at this time every year there is a marked increase in food trade compared to other months,” said H.E. Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, director general of Dubai Customs and director general of the Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation. “During this period, Dubai Customs is working at full capacity to facilitate increased trade and ensure unhindered access to food in the local market. Demand is particularly heightened this month with the reopening of Ramadan marquees, which were closed in 2020 due to the pandemic.”

“The food trade is one of the main sectors benefiting from the smart customs services and procedures provided by the government department, due to its nature and the need to ensure fast clearance while ensuring the highest security. Dubai Customs is constantly working to develop its procedures and services to meet the changing needs of the trading community. In 2021, our advanced systems completed 21.3 million customs declarations, a 54.3% increase from the 13.8 million declarations in 2020, meaning we processed an average of 58,300 declarations every day last year.”

The Director General highlighted the role of the quarterly meetings of the Dubai Customs Consultative Council (DCCC) in improving communication with the emirate’s business groups.

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