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The General Authority of Customs (GAC) has started an integrated maintenance project for the Abu Samra border crossing, which will continue until September next year, to cover all the requirements of the tourism and commercial sector before the start of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.

This was revealed by GAC Chairman Ahmed bin Abdullah Al Jamal on Tuesday.

In a statement to reporters on the sidelines of the second Supply Chain Management Conference, he said the authority is about to launch a special programme for managing sporting events, the most important of which is the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. He said it is an outstanding programme and is considered the first of its kind in organizing and managing major sporting events.

Al Jamal explained that this programme, which will be officially announced at the beginning of next year, will work to simplify all customs procedures through a window in which all relevant authorities, inside and outside Qatar, are dealt with, in coordination with the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy.

He also indicated that the authority has a set of other new programmes that will be announced on the International Customs Day, which falls on January 26.

On the other hand, he noted that the electronic services of the General Authority of Customs are in continuous development, and that customer service has become mostly electronic through the authority’s website or through "Al-Nadeeb" system, which is a qualitative leap for customs in terms of using the best of modern technology in terms of development, whether in devices or software, systems and databases.

He said after the global impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) decreased, there has an increasing global demand for goods and services after stopping and decreasing their supplies during the past two years.

In this regard, he added that Qatar is working to secure supply chains and provide all the necessary needs in this regard, thanks to a set of strategic plans and permanent coordination between the General Authority of Customs and other relevant authorities, especially in light of the upcoming FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.

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