ABU DHABI – The Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority (ADAFSA) has launched the Food Import and Export Management Information System (FIEMIS) during its participation in the GITEX 2022 technology.
The platform enables food import and export services through the Advanced Trade and Logistics Platform (ATLP) operated by Abu Dhabi Ports Maqta Gateway and under the supervision of the Department of Development economy of Abu Dhabi.
FIEMIS provides a one-stop shop for importers and exporters to conduct their business, facilitate relevant procedures, clear food shipments before they arrive at port, and track import and export orders. Additionally, the system supports food trade and import operations in Abu Dhabi ports while ensuring food safety.
To facilitate the import and export operations of foodstuffs, the FIEMIS allows the realization of seven services provided by the ADAFSA online. These include the registration of food import businesses, the registration of imported food products, the application for imported food products and the inspection of food shipments transferred from other emirates. Services also include applications for export food certificates, applications for disposal letters, and submission of customs declaration in coordination with the General Administration of Customs.
To strengthen the control of non-compliant food products, FIEMIS has a food safety dashboard displaying food alerts issued by regional and international organizations. The system also allows users to recall non-compliant products by contacting the relevant food companies.
Running these services online would reduce paper-based and customer service centers. Additionally, the system allows shipment clearance, pre-shipment inspections, and shipment status tracking (food/food sample status) on the electronic system.
In addition, ADAFSA’s collaboration with the ATLP supports digital transformation and business infrastructure development in Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates. The move contributes to the UAE Government’s strategic development vision, aims to advance the trade and logistics sector, create a thriving business environment, attract more foreign direct investment and boost economic competitiveness. from Abu Dhabi.
Dr. Maryam Hareb Al Suwaidi, Deputy Director General for Operational Affairs at ADAFSA, said FIEMIS is one of ADAFSA’s most important strategic projects. She affirmed that ADAFSA uses modern technologies to automate all services provided to importers and exporters, thereby ensuring food safety, facilitating business operations and contributing to the sustainable development of Abu Dhabi.
“We are delighted to collaborate with Maqta Gateway. This collaboration will facilitate commercial traffic in Abu Dhabi’s land, sea and air ports, improve customer experience and speed up procedures.
The development of an integrated digital infrastructure would enable ADAFSA and its partners to promote food supply, contribute to sustainable agricultural development in Abu Dhabi and ensure food security throughout the supply chain. , Al Suwaidi added.
According to Al Suwaidi, the project is a model for linking several aspects of food import and export operations. She said that the automation of procedures and the integration of electronic systems at local and federal levels would facilitate trade and import operations in the ports of the emirate without prejudice to the food safety system.
Dr. Noura Al Dhaheri, CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports Digital Cluster and CEO of Maqta Gateway, said ATLP’s collaboration with ADAFSA is an important step to utilize the latest technologies to boost business operations In the region. She affirmed Maqta Gateway’s willingness to share its knowledge and expertise with partners to digitize business operations by using state-of-the-art technology and providing users with a smooth, transparent and informative food commerce system.
“We appreciate our strategic partnership with ADAFSA in the development of FIEMIS, which contributes to the vision of the wise management to promote Abu Dhabi’s position as a global hub for trade and logistics. The platform supports in furthering the UAE’s food safety strategy by providing digital solutions that ensure transparency and safety when transporting food to and from the country,” Al Dhaheri added.
The ATLP is the official one-stop shop for trade in Abu Dhabi through the Sea, Land, Air, Industrial and Free Zones. The platform provides services to over 40 public and private entities in Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates, enabling transparency, predictability, simplified procedures and efficiency in cross-border business operations. The platform is developed and operated by Maqta Gateway, a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Ports, under the supervision of the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development.