Trade Compliance in the U.A.E.

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International Conventions
Member of World Trade Organisation
Party to the Kyoto Protocol
Party to the Washington Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora
Party to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal
Main International Economic Cooperation
The Emirates are very open to international trade. The country is part of the Greater Arab Free Trade Area (GAFTA), a pact of the Arab League entered into force in January 2005 which aims to form an Arabic free trade area.
Party of the ATA Convention on Temporary Admissions and Use of the Carnets

As a Reminder, the ATA is a System Allowing the Free Movement of Goods Across Frontiers and Their Temporary Admission Into a Customs Territory With Relief From Duties and Taxes. The Goods Are Covered By a Single Document Known as the ATA Carnet That is Secured By an International Guarantee System.
Look Up the Other Member Countries And Read the Web Pages of the World Customs Organization Devoted to the ATA Carnet.
Party of the TIR Convention

As a Reminder, the TIR Convention and its Transit Regime Contribute to the Facilitation of International Transport, Especially International Road Transport, Not Only in Europe and the Middle East, But Also in Other Parts of the World, Such as Africa and Latin America.
The UNCTAD Website Allows You to Read the TIR Convention, See the List of Member Countries And to Find Further Information.
Accompanying Documents For Imports
The goods shipped to the United Arab Emirates should be accompanied by the following documents :

- the administrative document (DAU)
- Commerciale invoice
- Phytosanitary certificate
- Health certificate
- An export certificate for processed products certifying that the prouct is fit for human comnsumption. It should be attested by the competent authority.
- Certificate of origin
- Certificat of radioactive non-contamination
- Slaughter certificate according to Islamic rite or Halal certificate
- Certification of carriage
- Supplier's Certificate
- transport documents and packing list

These shipment documents should be attested by the competent national trade body and by the UAE Embassy in the country.
Free Zones
The Emirates has created 15 free zones for the purpose of attracting foreign investments. There are 9 in Dubai, 2 in Sharjah, 1 in Ras el Khaiman, 1 in Fujairah, 1 in Umm el Quwain and 1 in Ajman.
For Further Information
Website of Emirates Federal Customs Authority
Federation of UAE Chambers of Commerce and Industry
Non Tariff Barriers
It is prohibited to import foods exposed to radiation and import of alcohol and pork is strictly restricted to fixed quotas. It should also be known that any beef or poultry based product should be accompanied by a Health certificate from the country of origin.
The UAE is part of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) . In 1981, GCC had established an agreement (Unified Economic Agreement) according to which all farm, animal, industrial products or natural resources of the member States should be exempt from customs duties or any other tax when they conduct intra-GCC trade. GCC is presently in talks with the European Union, Japan and USA for future free-trade agreements.
Sectors or Products For Which Commercial Disagreements Have Been Registered With the WTO
There is no dispute reported to WTO concerning import regulations of the UAE.
Assessment of Commercial Policy
United Arab Emirates and WTO
Barriers to exchanges, inventoried by the United States
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