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International Trading (import and export) in Dubai

If your company deals with trade or the export of products, you will most likely need to register with Dubai Customs. Like many government departments, Dubai Customs now provides a full range of eServices to efficiently manage the import and export of goods. Dubai's Customs online declaration and clearing system is called Mirsal 2. Its user guide contains information on getting started and registering with Mirsal 2.

Registering with Dubai Customs is relatively straight forward and can be done online, although you will need to present some documents to the customs office in person. All goods imported to and exported from Dubai must pass through the customs office. Dubai Customs maintains a working list of prohibited items for import and export. Dubai Customs has collaborated with DP World and JAFZA to create the online portal Dubai Trade which provide a one-stop-shop for most import/export and trading procedures in Dubai. ‚Äč

Free trade agreements between the UAE and other countries limits the amount of tariffs put on goods traded between those countries. The UAE has agreements with several countries. To find out more about these agreements, and their effect on your business, contact Dubai Customs directly.

Import:

Declaration is processed in the event of goods being imported to the local market from other countries against the payment of Customs duty or duty exempted whichever is applicable.
Import for Re-Export:
Such declaration is processed in the event of importation of goods into the country for the purpose of re-exportation, where customs duties shall be paid in the form of a deposit that will be refunded upon presenting a proof of re-exporting the same to non-GCC state or states.
Temporary Admission:
This type of declaration is processed only when goods are imported from outside the country for use in exhibitions, seasonal markets and similar events or in construction projects and scientific researches and has to be returned in the same condition at which they have been imported. A letter showing the purpose of entry, period, total quantity, description and detailed value of each individual item shall be required from the licensed company. Payable customs tariff for such goods shall be collected (excluding tyres, spare parts and batteries) in the form of cash deposit or a bank guarantee to be refunded to the company upon re-exporting the goods outside the country or taken into free zones or customs warehouses or after paying the payable customs duties as per regulations.

Export

In economics, an export is any good or commodity, transported from one country to another country in a legitimate way, typically for use in trade. Export is an important part of international trade. No customs duty involved if the goods are of locally purchased or locally manufactured.

The sale of goods by a licensed company in the country to an importer outside the UAE or operating under an approved customs system with the customs administration. No customs duties shall be collected since the goods are being exported from local markets or are locally manufactured.
Export Procedures:
The declarant shall:
  • Submit documents required.
  • Pay the export declaration registration fees.
  • Receive the customs declaration.
Documents Required:
  • Instructions of the Declaration of Goods Application (IDG) or an export declaration approved in the name of a licensed company by a licensing agency in the country (for airport customs points of entry).
  • Export permit from the competent agencies in the event of exporting restricted goods.
  • Sale invoice from a licensed company in the country addressed to a company outside the country or operating under an approved customs system showing total quantity, description and total and detailed value of each individual item.
  • Goods clearing declaration.

Temporary Export

Such type of declaration is processed upon exportation of goods for the purposes of maintenance, repair or display in exhibitions or use in projects and return in the same condition at which they have been exported.
The declarant shall:
  • Submit documents required.
  • Pay the temporary export declaration registration fees.
  • Receive the temporary export declaration.
  • The inspection section at the respective customs office shall approve the goods invoices or list (copy of the customs declaration).
Documents Required:
  • Exported goods clearing declaration.
  • Original commercial invoice.
  • Packing list with the HS codes.
  • Original export permit from the competent agencies in the event of exporting restricted goods.
  • A formal letter from the company requesting temporary export.