Customs in the U.A.E.

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Customs Procedures

Import Procedures
You must furnish:

- Delivery order from a shipping agent addressed to a licensed company by licensing agencies in UAE;
- Original bill of lading (for seaports);
- Original invoice from the exporter addressed to a licensed importer in the country detailing total quantity, goods description and total value for each item (3 exemplaries); *
- Copy of the trade license of buyer and seller;
- Certificate of origin approved by the chamber of commerce at the country of origin detailing the origin of goods; *
- Transport certificate; *
- The Customs entry declaration;
- A form or letter of exemption from customs duties in case the exemption requirements are fulfilled including Local Purchase Order (LPO);
- Detailed packing list as per weight, method of packing and HS code for each individual article contained in the shipment; *
- Import permit from the competent agencies in the event of importing restricted goods; *
- Health or Phytosanitary certificate or an export certificate for the processed products attested by the concerned national department office, confirming that the product is fit for human consumption
- A halal certificate for the meat ingredients; *
- A non-radiation certificate for some products (optional for European products); *
- Transport documents that are required for import clearance.

Documents with a * must be attested by the Embassy of United Arab Emitats and the Chamber of Commerce in the country of origin of products.
Specific Import Procedures
There are none.
Importing Samples
No specific rules.

Customs Duties and Taxes on Imports

Average Customs Duty (Excluding Agricultural Products)
Since the adoption of a common tariff for the GCC countries, the customs duty is 5% of the CIF value of the product.
Products Having a Higher Customs Tariff
- 70% of the CIF value of the product for imports of alcohol
-100% of the CIF value of the product for import of tobacco.
Preferential Rates
There is a common customs tariff for the UAE. Customs duties are 4% of the CIF value of the goods or service. In addition, the customs tariff includes a list of products or goods exempt from customs duties (mainly food and pharmaceutical products). Moreover, neither the goods entering Duty Free Storage Area (DFSA) at Port Rashid, nor the goods imported from the free zones are taxed. For further information, visit the website of Dubai Customs
Customs Classification
Since 2003 and the setting-up of the free trade area between the GCC countries, the system has been harmonised.
Method of Calculation of Duties
Customs duties are calculated from the CIF value of the product.
Method of Payment of Customs Duties
The duties can be settled according to different forms. Once paid, the duties cannot be returned (except if there is an error of the UAE authorities).
Import Taxes (Excluding Consumer Taxes)
There are none.

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