The Department′s goals and mission statement have changed. Instead of just restricting its role in collecting revenues for the treasury, it shifted onto new important goals such as supporting the national economy, promoting investment, facilitating trade, combating smuggling, protecting local society and environment from hazardous materials, and controlling the movements of passengers, goods, and vehicles crossing the Kingdom′s borders.
Customs Department was established in 1923 (Act No. (22), 1959). In 1962, Act No. (1) was issued. The Temporary Act No. (16) was issued in 1983 followed by a new Customs Act (No. (20), 1998). This Act was later amended three times. The first amendment was made in accordance with the amending (Act No. (10), 1999), the second one was made in accordance with the amending (Act No. (16), 2000), and the third was made in accordance with (Act No. (27), 2000, the current Act in force.
(last updated: 06-December-2002)
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