Dubai Customs has launched the World Logistics Passport, offering operational and financial benefits for businesses and shipping companies.

It works by connecting government bodies including Dubai Customs and Dubai Trade with logistics service providers like DP World and dnata and facilitating commercial transactions.

It is part of the Dubai Silk Road strategy, which comprises nine initiatives and 33 projects that foster collaboration between Emirates airline, Dubai Airports, Dubai South, Dubai Free Zones (DFZ) Council, Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA), Dubai Roads and Transport Authority, DP World, Dubai Municipality and Jebel Ali Free Zone.

That strategy builds on a UAE and China memorandum of understanding (MoU) concerning joint cooperation on China’s Belt & Road Initiative by responding to changes in international trade by offering new state-of-the-art logistics services using the latest smart applications in Dubai.

Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and CEO and chairman of the Emirates Group said: “Our target is to offer maximum flexibility and efficiency for Dubai’s business community by unifying the procedures of logistics service providers. These efforts are aimed at improving the quality of service and attracting a higher share of international trade at a time when Dubai is preparing to host Dubai Expo 2020.”