1900s

Dubai Customs is established as one of the first Dubai Government Departments.

1972

Port Rashid, named after Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, commences operations and is soon supplemented by the opening of Port Jebel Ali.

1980

Jebel Ali Free Zone is established, adding a major trade and industrial catalyst to the port. Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority (JAFZA) and PCFC Security also officially founded to provide effective management and support to Jebel Ali Free Zone.

1991

Jebel Ali Port is merged with Port Rashid to form Dubai Ports Authority, their combined traffic exceeds 1 million TEU.

1999

Dubai Ports International commences its first project in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

2009

Mirsal 2 - the Dubai Customs’ electronic clearance system, undergoes a number of enhancements, including cargo clearance before arrival in Dubai, which enables faser time-to-market for goods.

2007

Dubai Maritime City Authority is established under decree, enhancing the global reputation of Dubai as a leading maritime centre.

2006

DP World completes the acquisition of P&O’s port businesses.

2006

DP World is established under the merger of Dubai Ports Authority (DPA) and Dubai Ports International (DPI) to become the world’s sixth largets port operator

2001

The Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation is established to consolidate the administration of the port, maritime and trade cluster.

2010

Law No.11 of 2010 is passed, outlining the scope of jurisdiction of Dubai Maritime City Authority and defines the regulation of marine transport in the Government of Dubai

2011

The first Dubai Maritime Sector Strategy (MSS) is proposed for advancing Dubai in line with other leading maritime centres across the world.

2014

DUTECH is acquired by PCFC as the IT business partner for the corporation and its sister entities.

2015

Dubai Customs and Customs World agree upon increased cooperation, devising a clear regulatory framework that boosts ties between the two entities. P&O Ports is launced by PCFC, specialising in developing and operating marine and inland ports in markets with a need for well-managed trade and logistics infrastructure.

2016

As the holding corporation for the portsz, customs and the related Free Zone authorities, PCFC undergoes a rebrand that aligns itself with is vision of the future.