The report provides guidance on required certificates for food products shipped to the United Arab Emirates.
THIS REPORT CONTAINS ASSESSMENTS OF COMMODITY AND TRADE ISSUES MADE BY
USDA STAFF AND NOT NECESSARILY STATEMENTS OF OFFICIAL U.S. GOVERNMENT
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GAIN Report Number: UAE 2012 - 12
United Arab Emirates
Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards -
FAIRS Export Certificate Report
This report was prepared by the Office of Agricultural Affairs in Dubai for U.S. exporters of food and agricultural products.
The report provides guidance on required certificates for food products shipped to the United Arab Emirates. While all
possible care was taken in the preparation of this report, information provided may not be completely accurate either because
policies have changed since its preparation, or because clear information about these policies was not available. It is highly
recommended that U.S. exporters verify the full set of import requirements with their foreign customers, who are normally
best equipped to research such matters with local authorities, before any goods are shipped.
Section I. List of All Export Certificates Required By Government (Matrix) :
Disclaimer: FINAL APPROVAL AND ACCEPTANCE OF AN IMPORTED PRODUCT IS SUBJECT TO THE RULES
AND REGULATIONS AS INTERPRETED BY THE IMPORTING COUNTRY AT THE TIME OF PRODUCT ENTRY.
Title of Attestation Purpose Ministry
Products Certificate Required
Dry pea, Animal & This is to Pest and Health Department of
lentil, Plant certify that insect free the local municipalities,
nuts, Health the plant(s) confirmatio Ministry of
Rice, Inspection or n Environment & Water
seeds, Service Product(s) to be fit for
fresh (APHIS) described human
fruits & Phytosanitar herein consumptio
vegetables y have been n
, cut Certificate inspected
plants, according to
to be free
All Country of The goods Country of Customs
products Origin are of “xxx” origin Authority
Certificate origin confirmatio
All Health The goods Health Health Departments of local
products Certificate have been Certificate municipalities
(except prepared 1/
meat & and shipped
and are fit
Meat & Food Safety Animals Product Health Departments of local
Poultry Inspection were produced municipalities
and their Service slaughtered under
Products (FSIS) and hygienic
Export processed in conditions
Certificate with U.S.
and are fit
Meat & Halal Animals Product Health Departments of
Poultry Slaughter were produced local municipalities
Products Certificate slaughtered in
issued by According to accordance
one of the Islamic with Sharia
approved Sharia laws Law
Halal & confirmatio
Centers requirement n
1/ The Dubai Food Control Department had agreed to accept U.S. Certificates of Free Sale in lieu of Health Certificates on
trial basis. Some U.S. exporters have had difficulty obtaining health certificates, especially for processed and consumer-
ready food products. Exporters are encouraged to obtain health certificates in accordance with local import regulations. The
decision to utilize the free sale certificate is only applicable when exporters are not able to secure the regular health
Section II. Purpose of Specific Export Certificate(s)
See Section I above
Section III. Specific Attestations Required on Export Certificate(s)
Halal slaughter and health certificates for meats and poultry and their products are not required to be notarized by
the Arab American Chamber of Commerce in the U.S. or the U.A.E. Embassy or Consulate in the United States.
See appendix for certificate samples
Section IV. Government Certificate’s Legal Entry Requirements
Original certificates must accompany shipment at the time of entry. Sometimes importers are allowed to have the
documents sent to their banks.
Certificates are used for only the accompanying shipment since it carries the details of the shipment.
In many cases, federal agencies do not issue health certificates for processed and consumer-ready food products.
U.S. “State” issued export or health certificates are acceptable.
Modification to any issued certificate accompanying a shipped product is not permitted.
Section V. Other Certification/Accreditation Requirements
Original invoice, bill of lading and packing list are required to accompany the above-referenced certificates to meet
documentation requirements of the Customs Authority for the release of the shipment.
Appendix I. Electronic Copy or Outline of Each Export Certificate