Dubai customs

Question posted by Simon Dyson, on behalf of RGD Services in DN40

My company is looking to export products to the UAE, in particularly Dubai. Can you advise what export paperwork / documentation is needed for such shipments?7

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Darren Playfoot, on behalf of ROCHARD SHIPPING LTD in KT15.

Dear Simon,

Documents usually required are Exporters Invoice, Packing list and Certificate of Origin. Some importers may only require a European Cert of Origin for their purposes. Others may require full Arab Cert of Origin and Certification of Invoice. Best to check with your customers and ask them to confirm their requirements as depending on the commodity they may also require Certs of Analysis or Health Certificates, but again would ask your customers to confirm.

If I can be of any more assitance please do not hesitate to contact me, as I am more then happy to assist / quote you on any shipments you may have.

Trust in order
Best regards
Darren

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Dear Simon

Documentation requirements commercial invoice and packing list.
but you will probably need either EU Certificate of Origin or Arab
British Certificate of Origin. Your clients in UAE must advise yourselves
precisely what documents they require .Other documents maybe required
depending on what your products are.
Once you are ready to start to ship etc or need quotations for freight charges
please contact us at directly on 01263 513127 or email colin.crown@ntlworld.com.
and we will pleased to help.
Best regards
Colin ; Crown Freight Ltd

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Gemma Price, on behalf of @GemmaPriceUK in W13.

Hi

For exports to most Northern African or Middle Eastern countries you may be asked to supply a Certificate of Origin to enable customs clearance.

A Certificate of Origin serves many functions, its primary and most obvious function is to clearly state the origin of the goods being exported. This information is required by customs in the importers country to establish:

• Duty/Tariff rates
• If the goods being imported fall under import sanctions or restrictions
• If the country of origin is “blacklisted” or “boycotted”

Certificates of Origin are issued on a consignment by consignment basis.

There are two types of Certificate of Origin used for exports from the United Kingdom, which Certificate you raise will depend on the country you are exporting to. For any Arab-League Nation, including UAE we use the Arab-British Certificate of Origin, for any other country we use the European Community Certificate of Origin.

The relevant countries Embassy dictates their “requirements” i.e. which channels the documents must go through and which other documents (invoice/packing list) must be processed with the Certificate of Origin to enable customs clearance:

• Certification – Chamber of Commerce
• Legalisation – Embassy
• Appositle – FCO
• Combination of the above

For exports to UAE the documents must be issued as a set (CofO and invoice and must be Certified and Legalised - typically this takes 5-7 w/days to turn around. Ideally the originals should be presented with the goods for customs clearance.

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Gemma Price, on behalf of @GemmaPriceUK in W13.

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The costs are entirely dependant upon the value quoted on your commercial export invoice.
You may choose to raise a European Community Certificate of Origin to cover the consignment. An European Community Certificate of Origin is Certified by a UK Chamber of Commerce and typically turned around the same day the application is received at a cost of approx £40. You will need to supply a copy of the commercial invoice as back up only.

Your importer may ask you to have the invoice “attested” or “Chamberised” this normally means Certified but best to drill down on your customer and understand fully what you are being asked to produce.

With an EC CofO you will need to supply/agree to a disclaimer stating that you understand you are asking the Chamber to raise the incorrect paper work for the shipment and that clearance is not guaranteed on this basis.

NOTE – Although it is not common it is also not unheard of for a consignment to be held in customs pending the correct Certificate being issued and courried across. You will likely incur storage / demurrage costs during this time. This is why you produce the disclaimer on your company letterhead for the Chamber.

Although it is “best to check with your customer” this is what they would prefer you to raise, customs clearance isn’t guaranteed on your customers preference although you will have their understanding should you raise an EC CofO and clearance be hindered.

It is also best practice to cross reference your products against each of the relevant countries requirements/considerations listed in a trade procedures guide such as Tate’s or Croners.
Apologies for the lengthy post, should you have any questions my email is below or we can openly discuss it here for the benefit of everybody.

Kind regards
Gemma
info@export-expert.co.uk

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John Lawrence, on behalf of Uniglobe Double S Travel in LU2.

Simon - if you need advice on travel / entry requirements / local customs / accommodation, give me a shout! Cheers John

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Tom Rowsell, on behalf of Empowerlingua in E1.

You should look at getting Arabic translation services for important documentation.

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Tom Rowsell, on behalf of Empowerlingua in E1.

You should look at getting Arabic translation services for important documentation.

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