Dubai-France trade up 4.5% in Jan-Sept period

DUBAI — Trade exchange between Dubai and France has risen by 4.5 per cent in the first nine months of this year, according to a senior official.

“Dubai-France trade amounted to Dh6.6 billion from January to September, 2010 as compared to Dh6.3 billion over the same period last year,” said Yousif Al Sahlawi, Acting Senior Executive Director Corporate Affairs.

The announcement was made after holding discussions with a delegation from the French General Consulate which has recently held talks with Dubai Customs that aimed at fostering co-operation in a number of fields that include protection of intellectual property, training and exchange of knowledge and experience.

Sahlawi, who is also Executive Director of Policies & legislation Division at Dubai Customs, then said that imports from France constitute the biggest share of trade exchanges between the two countries. “They hit 92% of the total trade exchanges equivalent to Dh6.1 billion,” he said.

As for Dubai direct exports to France, they totalled Dh134 million while the re-exports registered stood at Dh428 million.

Perfumes are the most prominent French exports to Dubai. They totaled Dh615 million, or 10 per cent of the total imports. Airplane spare parts came second with Dh610 million. Ceramic, however, is one of the most prominent direct Dubai exports to France.”

Indicating the importance of relations between France and Dubai, the French Consul General Eric Giraud-Telme said that Dubai Customs plays a significant role in upgrading the status of Dubai as a regional trade hub.

“We are more than ready for cooperation with Dubai in all fields through training courses and workshops, exchanging knowledge and experience, dispatching cadres from Dubai Customs to French academies, and bringing academic experts to run courses and training workshops in Dubai.”

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