Fake items decline 45%

Updated 29 January 2014

Fake items decline 45%

Smuggling of counterfeit products into the Kingdom has come down by 45 percent compared to last year, director general of Customs department, said on the occasion of International Customs Day in Riyadh.
Salih Al-Khilaiwi said, “More than 124 million counterfeit pieces were prevented from entering the country last year, in addition to confiscation of about 40 million fake items.”
He said, “The department depends heavily on its staff to control and prevent smuggling of counterfeit goods into local markets. We put in all efforts to ensure that our employees work efficiently.”
On the issue of low-efficiency air-conditioners that do not conform to recent Saudi specifications, he said: “We prevented more than 30,000 air-conditioners from entering the Kingdom,” adding that the Ministry of Commerce is taking initiative to re-export these with the cooperation of the Saudi Arabian Standards Organization (SASO) and the Customs department.
He said the revenues of the department have touched SR23 billion, adding that he expects the figure to go up the next year in view of the increasing imports.


First pilgrims leave under Eyab initiative

Updated 18 August 2019

First pilgrims leave under Eyab initiative

  • Al-Amoudi toured the exhibition dedicated to welcome Eyab’s beneficiaries

Saudi Minister of Transport and Chairman of the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), Dr. Nabeel Al-Amoudi, oversaw the departure of the first 

group of pilgrims under the Eyab initiative on Saturday together with GACA President Abdulhadi bin Ahmed Al-Mansouri.

Eyab seeks to improve services provided to pilgrims, with the authority aiming to enrich pilgrims’ experience at the Kingdom’s airports. It is expected to benefit 30,000 pilgrims during this year’s Hajj season.

Al-Amoudi toured the exhibition dedicated to welcome Eyab’s beneficiaries, inspected the services available and received a briefing from the initiative’s officials.

GACA started an experimental implementation of Eyab this year, aimed at pilgrims returning to Indonesia, India and Malaysia through Jeddah’s King Abdul Aziz International Airport and Madinah’s Prince Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz Airport.