Dubai Customs announced on Friday an 8.5 percent increase in customs transactions for the first quarter in 2019.
Customs transactions grew to 2.6 million from 2.4 million in the same period of 2018. According to Dubai Customs, if this momentum is kept up, the customs authority is expected to reach 10.5 million transactions by year-end compared to 9.6 million of the previous year.
The customs authority also noted that the Passenger Operations Department at Dubai International Airport conducted two drug seizure operations in Q1, the first saw the seizure of 4.4 kilograms of heroin, and the other saw 8.6 kgs in cocaine seized. Jebel Ali Customs Center made 35 different seizures, and the Land Customs Centre also foiled a marijuana smuggling attempt, among others, Dubai Customs noted.