The 28th meeting of the Arab Customs Union Committee (ACUC) kicked off at the Arab League Headquarters in Cairo on Monday, headed by Egypt and joined by representatives from customs offices in the member states.
The meeting will discuss, over two days, a plan of action to address the outstanding issues to complete the customs union by the beginning of 2015 as planned, Abdel-Aziz Tamer, the president of the meeting, a senior official at Egypt’s Ministry of Trade, told reporters.
The union has achieved a number of requirements, including the unified Arab customs draft law, he added, indicating that there are some reservations on some articles of the law.
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The executive regulation of the union is about to be completed, he said, adding that the customs tariff committee seeks to set a unified Arab tariff to deal with other foreign committees.
With regards to completing the Arab customs union next year, he said negotiations are still ongoing among Arab countries to complete the union’s requirements.
In the next period, the possibility to complete the union as planned will be determined, he added.
The ACUC will also discuss the report of the General Secretariat of the Arab League on following up the creation of the Arab Free Trade Zone and preparing a report on the customs union.