Country Guide: United Arab Emirates

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Updated: January 07, 2016

Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Copy of Passport
  • Copy of Residence Visa on passport
  • Bill of Lading (OBL) / Air / Waybill (AWB)
  • Detailed Packing list
  • Letter from Ministry of Foreign Affairs for any exemption (Diplomats)
  • Copy of Diplomatic Card or passport (Diplomats)

Specific Information

  • Import shipments may be intensively inspected by Customs authorities.
  • The importation of household goods and personal effects into the UAE is exempted from Customs duties. 
  • If any prohibited items are found during the Customs inspection, severe punishment will be imposed including fines, imprisonment or both.
  • Import of all new goods etc. is subject to the payment of Customs duties at 5% of CIF value
  • All import duties are charged based on the costs, insurance and freight (CIF) value of the shipment.

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • Copy of Passport
  • Copy of UAE residence Visa
  • Copy of Diplomatic Card (Diplomats)
  • Original Certificate of Origin
  • BL / AWB
  • Vehicle Certificate of Title (must include detailed description, including engine number, year of production, colour, etc.)
  • Commercial Invoice / Original Purchase Invoice
  • Proof of ownership

Specific Information

  • Consignee can be call for Customs inspection if required by UAE customs
  • Vehicles with tinted glass restricted for import.
  • Used cars are subject to Customs duty at 5% of CIF value

Pets

Documents Required

  • Copy of Owner Passport
  • Copy of Residence visa
  • Copy of Diplomatic Card (Diplomats)
  • AWB
  • Import Permits
  • Veterinary details
  • Medical Records

 

Specific Information

  • Consignee must be present for Customs inspection.
  • Vehicles with tinted glass restricted for import.
  • Used cars are subject to Customs duty and tax.

Restricted/Dutiable Items

  • The following items may qualify for free import if within the limits indicated:
    • Cigarettes (400), cigars (50), tobacco (500)
    • Spirits, wine and beer (24 cans per carton and no more than 355 ml per can)

Prohibited Items

  • Weapons of all kinds
  • Military uniforms
  • Alcohol
  • Narcotics of all kinds, including poppy seeds, flowers and leaves
  • Banned substances, including drugs and medicines without prescription
  • Radio transmitters, wireless transmitters and communication equipment
  • Statues and figures of animals with religious undertones
  • Nude carvings and statues of humans
  • Pornographic materials
  • Controversial political literature and materials contrary to Islamic principles
  • Toxic and radioactive materials
  • Items manufacture by Israeli black-list and of Israeli origin
  • Food items containing port
  • Articles made from endangered animals or made of ivory

Consignment Instructions

Recommended:  Contact the destination agent to ensure all requirements have been met prior to import, especially for differences regarding air / sea shipments.

 

IAM Note:  Customs regulations can change at any time with or without notice. This document is provided as a guide and for information only. While IAM has exercised reasonable care in publishing this document, IAM makes no representation, either expressed or implied, as to its accuracy or applicability. 

 

Helpful Website(s):

 http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/5444.htm

http://www.uae-embassy.org

IAM Note: Customs regulations can change at any time with or without notice. This document is provided as a guide and for information only. While IAM has exercised reasonable care in publishing this document, IAM makes no representation, either expressed or implied, as to its accuracy or applicability.