HE tge GCCSG Congratulates the Custodian of the Two HolyHis Excellency Mr Jasem Mohamed Albudaiwi, Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), extended his warmest congratulations to the Custodian of the Read more 22February2024Share this news...tweetHE the GCCSG: The GCC Countries, Despite All the ChallengesHis Excellency Mr Jasem Mohamed Albudaiwi, Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), said that the GCC countries, despite all the challenges they Read more 21February2024Share this news...tweetHE the GCCSG: The GCC Countries Are Keen to Ensure the StabilityHis Excellency Mr Jasem Mohamed Albudaiwi, Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), confirmed that the GCC countries are keen to ensure the stability Read more 21February2024Share this news...tweetHE the GCCSG Receives the Ambassador of the European UnionHis Excellency Mr Jasem Mohamed Albudaiwi, Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), received His Excellency Mr Christophe Varno, Ambassador of the European Union (EU) to the Kingdom Read more 21February2024Share this news...tweetHE the GCCSG Receives Gulf Press Union President and MeHis Excellency Mr Jasem Mohamed Albudaiwi, Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), received a delegation from the Gulf Press Union on Wednesday (February 21, 2024). The delegation Read more 21February2024Share this news...tweet News Events No content found More Events Menu عربي ×News × Events ×Employees Mail × . . × × HomeAbout GCC Member StatesThe CharterOrganizational StructureObjectivesLogo Secretariat General Secretary GeneralAssistant SecretariesTendersJobs GCC AchievementsCurrently selected AchievementsProjects Statements Supreme CouncilMinisterial Council Data Events And Competitions EventsCompetitions Cognitive Sources Laws and RegulationsAgreementsDigital LibraryGCC Statistics Media Center GCC NewsAdvertisingMultimedia LibraryMailing ListLinks Contact US Offices Search Employees Mail The Customs Union The Customs Union الرئيسية›Home›GCC Achievements›Achievements›Economic Cooperation›The Customs Union›Practical procedures for the establishment of the GCC Customs Union AchievementsObjectivesImpact of the Customs Union on Intra-GCC TradeTransitional Period of the Customs Union (2003-2009)Practical procedures for the establishment of the GCC Customs UnionCurrently selectedCustoms Union in regional and international frameworks As of January 1st 2002, Common Customs Law was implemented by all Member States. On January 1st 2003, the GCC Member States achieved an important step by establishing the Customs Union where a common external tariff of 5% was levied on all foreign imports. Such CET was implemented on January 1st 2003. However, a number of essential commodities were exempted from customs duties as well as the customs exemptions provided for in the Common Customs Law and the WTO tariff bindings of some Member States. Duty–free commodities account for some 10% of the imported goods. Customs procedures have been applied to all foreign goods at the first point of entry into any of the Member States. Accordingly, the first point of entry would inspect and examine the foreign goods imported through it, ensure their conformity to the required documentation and that they do not contain any prohibited goods, and consequently levy the applicable duties. Hereafter, goods will move freely within Member States. That required abolishment of the Intra-GCC transit of foreign goods as Member States constitute a single customs territory.Within the framework of following up the implementation of the requirements of the customs union, a team from the Secretariat and Member States had visited some customs offices at the GCC ports during September 2003 and January 2005 to ensure implementation of the requirements of the customs union. Customs officers from the GCC Customs Administrations were assigned to work at the customs ports of the other GCC Member States during May 2004 with a view to exchanging customs expertise among Member States.Within the efforts being made for following up implementation of the customs union, the GCC Ministers of Economy and Finance resolved as follows: Member States shall provide the Secretariat with copies of the instructions given to the customs administrations and border customs offices concerning implementation of the requirements of the customs union, and the Secretariat would in turn notify such instructions to the Member States The Customs Union Committee shall be instructed to complete the studies related to the Customs Union, along with adopting a time schedule for elimination of all barriers and difficulties delaying the process of the Customs Union The Customs Authorities of Member States shall not require national products to meet conditions more than those required from similar foreign products, in respect to the format and type of the evidence of origin Increasing the official working hours at the Intra-GCC borders of Member States in order to facilitate the Intra-GCC flow of goods and encourage trade between Member States. Member Customs Administrations have instructed the Intra-GCC customs points to increase their official business hours Not to require industrial license for the first consignment of factory products; where the customs are doubtful about the origin of national goods, the applicable duties shall be levied under deposit pending presentation of the origin evidence Stressing that national product shall have a single evidence of origin; where two evidences (national or foreign) are labeled to a single product, such goods shall be subject to customs duties Full adherence to the resolution of the Supreme Council adopted at its 22nd session (December 2001) and 23rd session (December 2002). That resolution has provided for a common external tariff to be imposed on foreign commodities, and that no Member State may exempt any dutiable commodity unless such exemption is agreed on within the framework of the GCC Where a Member State wants to exempt any commodity for prospective contingent reasons, that Member State shall call for an exceptional meeting of the Customs Union Committee to examine the issue and submit appropriate recommendation to the Ministers of Economy and Finance at the GCC States Approved a mechanism for the Intra-GCC movement of prohibited or restricted goods. Approved the controls on the food products imported across intra-GCC borders Approved uniform restrictions, conditions and procedures for the registration and importation of medicaments across Member States. Established a Customs Information Center, which will provide important information on the Intra-GCC flow of goods. Issued of the second edition of the GCC Common Customs Law, which entails the new mechanisms for determining the value for customs purposes in consistent with the WTO requirements that has been implemented by all member Customs Administrations as of January 2008. Issued of the second edition of the Common External Tariff including the commodities that Member States agreed to exempt from customs duties. Approved a mechanism for the intra-GCC movement of goods under the final status of the customs union. Approved unified procedures for inspection and release of postal consignments imported through land borders of GCC Member States Approved a mechanism for calculating the value of second-hand modes of transportation imported into Member States. Approved a mechanism for treating foreign goods imported without an evidence of origin. Exempting a number of commodities within the WTO tariff bindings of Member States under the Information Technology Agreement (ITA). Approved the electronic clearing mechanism within the GCC customs union.