A new system for automating the clearing of nuclear dual-use items has reduced approval time for the clearing of shipments from Abu Dhabi Customs by 80% and ‘achieved a customer happiness rating of 100%’, according to the United Arab Emirates’ Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (‘FANR’).
FANR says its NuTech Portal was established in March 2018, ‘following five months of intensive development by a team of experts from FANR’s Safeguards, Import and Export Control, and Information and Communication Technology Departments.’
The NuTech Portal, it says, is now ‘fully integrated within Abu Dhabi Customs’ ‘existing electronic Dhabi system’ adding that the portal ‘strengthens the control of import, export, re-export, transit and transhipment of nuclear related dual-use items regulated by FANR (FANR-REG-09). The Portal is the result of FANR’s continuous efforts to prevent the diversion, misuse and illicit trafficking in nuclear equipment and technology, in line with the international nuclear non-proliferation regime.’
Christer Viktorsson, Director-General of FANR, commented: ‘Ensuring the effective implementation of the UAE’s comprehensive agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency for the application of safeguards in connection with the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons is a top priority for FANR…
‘Innovation is a necessity for the UAE Government and we adopt innovation in our work. Hence, the NuTech Portal was developed entirely in-house at FANR, serving as an example of the implementation of best practices in import and export control. It is the first system in the UAE that allows for the clearing of shipments from customs through an automated system, resulting in vastly improved response times, reduced environmental footprint through its paperless process, and significantly increased user happiness.’
The website of FANR is at: