Mwani meets Qatar Chamber and food importers for discussions
Officials from Qatar Ports Management Company, Mwani Qatar, met foodstuff importers at the Qatar Chamber’s Trade and Research Committee offices last Thursday, 13 April. The meeting analyzed the latest actions taken by Mwani, increases of import tariffs, and some other issues faced by food importers in Qatar.
QC Vice Chairman Mohamed bin Twar, the Head of QC’s Trade and Research Committee Adel Al Mannai, and QC Director General Saleh Al Sharqi were present at the meeting, along with the Director of Doha Port Management Captain Abdulaziz bin Nasser Al Yafei and Head of Operations Omar Al Khyyat. Bin Twar praised the efforts exerted by the government to streamline the business environment to overcome all obstacles facing the private sector. He also indicated that an upcoming visit would be organized by the chamber for traders and business owners to visit Hamad Port to inform them on all operations, procedures and workflow inside the port. He paid tribute to the port and its role in opening new horizons for business and facilitating the business environment.
Abdulaziz Al Yafei thanked the chamber for hosting the event, assuring that Mwani Qatar is very interested in importers’ suggestions and visions so that it could find appropriate solutions in accordance with its standards. He said there are 56 systems that are in operation to save time and effort during the release of cargo in Hamad Port. He praised the cooperation with Qatar Chamber, General Authority of Customs, shipping lines and all competent bodies. He also mentioned the first marine line between Hamad Port and Shanghai, China, which was launched in January, with a second line to be inaugurated soon. Regarding Mwani tariffs, he said that the list of fees prepared by the port management was based on extensive study, noting that fees ensure flexibility and clarity for all users. He further stated that the installation of generators on containers is imposed according to a request from the Ministry of Health to prevent the growth of salmonella bacteria. Mwani officials and attendees agreed to reduce the generator fuel tank sufficiency specification from 48 continuous working hours to 20 hours.