Qatar Customs first place in preventing smuggling of Covid-19 products
September 16 2020 05:21 PM
Qatar Customs achieves first place in stopping the smuggling of Covid-19 products
Qatar Customs achieves first place in stopping the smuggling of Covid-19 products


Qatar has achieved first place in the world in the number of Customs seizures related to combating the smuggling of preventive and treatment products for the coronavirus (Covid-19), such as disinfection materials, sterilisers, medical masks and others.

This came in the final report of the international emergency special operation (STOP), which was called by the World Customs Organisation, the World Health Organisation and the Interpol organisation, and was implemented during the period from May 11 to July 12, 2020.

The final report of the operation praised Qatar's efforts, confirming that it raises the status of the Middle East and North Africa region.It was also pointed out that Qatar was distinguished by the achievement of a large number of seizures, amounting to 198, which indicates the strength of monitoring imposed by the Customs of the State of Qatar on goods imported into the country, in addition to transit goods.

The report also strengthens Qatar's position among the active countries in the field of law enforcement and international co-operation, and draws attention to the role of national Customs cadres participating in emergency international operations.

The United Kingdom came in second place with 123 seizures, while Peru came in third place with 95 seizures, all of which were products related to the prevention of coronavirus.

Last updated: September 16 2020 11:03 PM

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