UAE-Food and Agricultural Import Regulations

An Expert's View about Trade Policy and Regulations in the United Arab Emirates

Posted on: 8 Mar 2013

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 POLICY Required Report - public distribution Date: 1/8/2013 GAIN Report Number: UAE 2012 - 12 United Arab Emirates Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification FAIRS Export Certificate Report Approved By: Jude Akhidenor Prepared By: Mohamed Taha Report Highlights: 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. Requesting Title of Attestation Purpose Ministry Products Certificate Required on Certificate 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, and/or live tested plants, according to etc. appropriate official procedures, are considered to be free from quarantine pests, insects, and conform to Phytosanitar y regulations of the importing contracting party including those for regulated non- quarantine pest. All Country of The goods Country of Customs products Origin are of “xxx” origin Authority Certificate origin confirmatio n All Health The goods Health Health Departments of local products Certificate have been Certificate municipalities (except prepared 1/ meat & and shipped poultry under and acceptable Their sanitary products) conditions and are fit for human consumption . 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 Health accordance Certificate with U.S. health regulations and are fit for human consumption 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 s 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 certificate. 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
Posted: 08 March 2013

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