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U.A.E. Import and export transactions

What you need to know before shipping to the United Arab Emirates.

Any goods being imported through either land, sea or air customs zones shall be subject to the following specific general customs procedures:

  • Submit a detailed customs declaration as per the approved form including all information about the goods and accompanied with all documents required.
  • Declaration of goods and cash for passengers.
  • Register customs declaration with the competent customs officer.
  • Transfer goods to examination, checking and inspection.
  • Evaluate goods for the purposes of payment of customs duties.
  • Release of goods.

Import

Import of goods from outside the country into local market.

Transactional processing:

  • Receive and check the documents required for customs declaration processing.
  • Implement customs tariff and regulations.
  • Collect customs duties and registration fees.
  • Deliver client's own copies and retain customs copy.

Documents required for transactional processing:

  • Import goods declaration form.
  • Delivery order from a shipping agent addressed to a licensed company by licensing agencies in UAE.
  • Original bill of lading (for seaports).
  • Import permit from the competent agencies in the event of importing restricted goods.
  • Original invoice from the exporter addressed to a licensed importer in the country detailing total quantity, goods description and total value for each item.
  • Original certificate of origin approved by the chamber of commerce at the country of origin detailing the origin of goods.
  • Detailed packing list as per weight, method of packing and HS code for each individual article contained in the shipment.
  • A form or letter of exemption from customs duties in case the exemption requirements are fulfilled including - Local Purchase Order (LPO).
  • Copy of the trade license of buyer and seller.

Import of goods from outside the country for re-export.

Transactional processing:

  • Receive and check the documents required for customs declaration processing.
  • Write all information required on the banking guarantee if payment under banking guarantee.
  • Collect registration fees and deposit amount if in cash.
  • Deliver client's own copies and retain customs copy and the banking guarantee copy.

Documents required for transactional processing:

  • Import goods declaration form.
  • Delivery order from a shipping agent addressed to a licensed company by licensing agencies in UAE.
  • Original bill of lading (for seaports).
  • Import permit from the competent agencies in the event of importing restricted goods.
  • Original invoice from the exporter addressed to a licensed importer in the country detailing total quantity, goods description and total value for each item.
  • Original certificate of origin approved by the chamber of commerce at the country of origin detailing the origin of goods.
  • Detailed packing list as per weight, method of packing and HS code for each individual article contained in the shipment.
  • Copy of the trade license of buyer and seller.

Temporary Admission

The entry of goods through customs zones into the country on temporary basis for the purposes of taking part in an exhibition or repairs and maintenance of equipment and machineries. A deposit equivalent to customs tariff on total value of goods shall be collected against such type of transactions.

Transactional processing:

  • Receive and check the documents required for customs declaration processing.
  • Write all information required on the banking guarantee if payment under banking guarantee.
  • Collect registration fees and deposit amount whether in cash, by cheque or banking guarantee.
  • Deliver client's own copies and retain customs copy and the banking guarantee copy.

Documents required for transactional processing:

  • Import goods declaration form.
  • Delivery order from a shipping agent addressed to a licensed company by licensing agencies in UAE.
  • Original bill of lading (for seaports).
  • Import permit from the competent agencies in the event of importing restricted goods.
  • A letter from the licensed company showing the purpose of exit, period, total quantity, description and detailed value of each item showing their serial numbers.
  • Original invoice from the exporter addressed to a licensed importer in the country detailing total quantity, goods description and total value for each item.
  • Original certificate of origin approved by the chamber of commerce at the country of origin detailing the origin of goods.
  • Detailed packing list as per weight, method of packing and HS code for each individual article contained in the shipment.
  • Copy of the trade license issued in UAE.

Written by Damien Shields

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