The Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority (ZATCA) touched upon the mechanisms for localization of customs clearance jobs during a workshop entitled “Mechanisms for implementing a localization program on customs clearance establishments" held by Riyadh Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with ZATCA and the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development (HRSD) and was attended by representatives of ZATCA and HRSD.
The workshop addressed a number of themes, most notably introduction of “Tawteen" Program, which was launched by HRSD to realize goals of the Kingdom's Vision 2030 by creating job opportunities for job seekers and those who have been out of work for more than three months.
The workshop speakers touched upon benefits of the Program and the six sectors it focuses on, including the transport and logistics sector, as the Program aims to localize 14,000 jobs in this vital sector.
The Program includes the jobs of transport and logistics sector and jobs of customs clearance sector, which include clearance and itemization specialists. The Program's maximum support for these jobs is SAR 3,000.
“Tawteen" provides (6) types of incentives, i.e. wage support, transportation allowance, relocation allowance, remote work allowance, childcare allowance, and training.
To benefit from the incentives of “Tawteen", the establishment must meet a set of conditions: the employee must be registered with the General Organization for Social Insurance (GOSI); the monthly wage should not be less than SAR 4,000; employment shall be for a job targeted by the Program; and the employment contract shall be indefinite or fixed term, provided that the term is not less than (12) months.
ZATCA also stated that it intends to hold a number of training courses for those working in the customs clearance sector. These courses will be announced on the website (zatca.gov.sa) and the Twitter account (@Zatca_Sa).
ZATCA and HRSD have made a joint cooperation agreement at the beginning of this year with a view to localizing customs clearance jobs, and developing and raising competitiveness of the national workforce.