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In this page: Customs Procedures | Industrial and Manufacturing Profile | Identifying a Supplier | Controlling the Quality of the Products | Organizing Goods Transport To and From the United Arab Emirates

 

Customs Procedures

Export Clearance
United Arab Emirates Federal Customs Authority (FCA) is the official customs authority of Emirates. It should be verified with the competent customs that one has all the documents necessary for export. Exports to Israel are prohibited. If vehicles are re-exported, an authorisation is necessary from the police department. Before re-export, an inspection of goods is carried out by the customs. It enables the exporter to recover his deposit or guarantee.
Refer to Exportation part in chapter II of GCC Customs Law for more details.
Necessary Declaration
Here are the necessary documents:

  • A declaration of exports approved by a company having a license form an agency delivering licenses in the country (for goods transported by air).
  • Export Permit from a controlling authority (applicable only to restricted exports)
  • Export invoice issued by a company of the country with a license addressed to a foreign company and which states total quantities, as well as a detailed description of quantity and amount for each article.
  • Packing list: a detailed inventory with the quantities, names, standard codes and the method of packaging for each article.

See Dubai customs for further information.

Restrictions

Some Prohibited Items:

  • All kinds of narcotic drugs
  • Gambling tools, machineries and devices of all kinds
  • Nylon fishing nets
  • Live swine
  • Used, reconditioned and inlaid tires
  • Radiation and nuclear fallout contaminated substances
  • Items that contradict Islamic faith and public morals
  • Paan and betel leaves
  • Goods of Israeli origin
Export Taxes
There are no taxes on exports.

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Industrial and Manufacturing Profile

Industrial production has experienced unprecedented growth in the Emirates, and contributes 46.2% of the GDP today.

In Abu Dhabi, the dominant industries are petroleum and petrochemicals, gas processing, desalinisation of sea water and electricity production. In Dubai and Sharjah, the industrial production is more diversified, with petrochemical and chemical industry, metallurgy (aluminium), agribusiness, paper and textile industries. Ras el Khaimah has cement plants, marble works and a pharmaceutical plant. The light manufacturing industry is also developing.

Sector-specific professional associations

50 professional associations listed for the United Arab Emirates.

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Type of Manufacturers

Original Equipment Manufacturers
This type of industry is still less present in Emirates. Emirates is still quite specialised in the field of light industry.
Original Design Manufacturers
ODM are growing in Emirates especially in the field of large public equipment and informatics. Foxconn, Flextronics, Quanta dominate the market.
Subcontractors
The development of the manufacturing sector is quite recent and the Emirates are not recognised as far as sub-contractors are concerned. Subcontracting is mainly reserved for the construction sector. Indian and Asian companies sub-contract certain work sites. It can however be expected that this trend will change given the important incentives to this sector from the government and the highly profitable conditions in the Free zones.
Useful Resources
Ministry of Finance

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Identifying a Supplier

UAE multisector Business directories

2FindLocal UAE - Business directory for the UAE

Abu Dhabi Online Commercial Directory - Business directory provided by the Abu Dhabi Chamber

Aiwa - Business directory for the UAE

All.biz - United Arab Emirates - Directory of companies in the United Arab Emirates

Angloinfo - Dubai business directory

ATN Info - Business pages in UAE

BizExposed UAE - Business directory for the UAE

Bloombiz UAE - Business directory for the UAE

Cybo UAE - Business directory for the UAE

Dubai Chamber Commercial Directory - Business directory for the UAE

 

To see 17 more, check out our Business Directories database.

UAE Marketplaces

Sample of marketplaces incorporated in the United Arab Emirates (A to Z)

 

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Upcoming Trade shows in the United Arab Emirates

May 28th, 2024
Industry service - Equipment - Networks - Telecommunications - Internet, cybersecurity - Research, innovation - Technique and technology - Earth sciences - Natural sciences - Sciences - Cleaning, surveillance, protection
May 28th, 2024
Furnishings, household equipment and arts - Furnishings, household equipment and arts: unspecified - Furnishings - Household equipment - Food industry - Food industry: unspecified - Alcoholic drinks - Non-alcoholic drinks - Bakery, pastry, confectionery - Cereals, spices, tobacco - Fruits and vegetables - Dry groceries, packaged goods - Dairy products - Fish and seafood - Meat and poultry - Products and services for weddings - Tourism, travel, hotels, restaurants: non-specialist - Hotels, accommodation - Restaurants, home deliveries - Cafes, bars, nightclubs - Camping, resorts
May 28th, 2024
Territorial administration - Dance - Land planning, urban planning - Sanitary equipment, kitchen, swimming pool - Furnishings, household equipment and arts - Furnishings, household equipment and arts: unspecified - Furnishings - Household equipment - Hydrotherapy, thalassotherapy - Home services - Products and services for weddings - Sports and recreation - Water sports, mountain - Team sports - Outdoor sports - Equestrian sports - Motorsports - Individual sports - Amusement parks, fairgrounds - Gardens, parks - Hotels, accommodation - Restaurants, home deliveries - Cafes, bars, nightclubs - Monuments, tourist attractions - Camping, resorts
May 28th, 2024
Financing, aid - Architecture - Wholesale, B2B intermediaries - Retail, distribution - Retail business - Import/export, international trade - Furnishings, household equipment and arts - Furnishings, household equipment and arts: unspecified - Furnishings - Household equipment - Outsourcing, hardware equipping - Equipment - Accounting, taxation - Management - Engineering - Translation - Legal - Rental companies - Cleaning, surveillance, protection - Recruitment, temporary employment, outplacement - Financial information, financing, recovery - e-commerce
June 1st, 2024
Databases - Software - Services - Internet, cybersecurity - Digital solutions, Mobile applications - Research, innovation - Technique and technology - Earth sciences - Natural sciences - Sciences - Services and business consulting - Accounting, taxation - Management - Translation - Legal
June 1st, 2024
Hygiene, perfumes, cosmetics - Industry service - Pharmacies, analysis laboratories - Cleaning, surveillance, protection
June 4th, 2024
Furnishings, household equipment and arts - Furnishings, household equipment and arts: unspecified - Furnishings - Household equipment - Food industry - Food industry: unspecified - Alcoholic drinks - Non-alcoholic drinks - Bakery, pastry, confectionery - Cereals, spices, tobacco - Fruits and vegetables - Dry groceries, packaged goods - Dairy products - Fish and seafood - Meat and poultry - Products and services for weddings - Tourism, travel, hotels, restaurants: non-specialist - Hotels, accommodation - Restaurants, home deliveries - Cafes, bars, nightclubs - Camping, resorts
June 4th, 2024
Financing, aid - Architecture - Wholesale, B2B intermediaries - Retail, distribution - Retail business - Import/export, international trade - Furnishings, household equipment and arts - Furnishings, household equipment and arts: unspecified - Furnishings - Household equipment - Outsourcing, hardware equipping - Equipment - Accounting, taxation - Management - Engineering - Translation - Legal - Rental companies - Cleaning, surveillance, protection - Recruitment, temporary employment, outplacement - Financial information, financing, recovery - e-commerce
June 12th, 2024
Furnishings, household equipment and arts - Furnishings, household equipment and arts: unspecified - Furnishings - Household equipment - Household hardware - Electronic equipment and components - Toys, games, gifts - Textiles, ready-to-wear - Textiles, ready-to-wear: unspecified - Textile, fur, accessories - Fashion, ready to wear - Shoe - Hosiery, lingerie, underwear - Monuments, tourist attractions
June 12th, 2024
Communication, marketing, advertising - Marketing - Sponsorship - Incentive - Commercial property, patents, trademarks - Exhibitions, conferences - Products and services for weddings - Amusement parks, fairgrounds - Hotels, accommodation - Restaurants, home deliveries - Cafes, bars, nightclubs - Travel, exhibitions, incentives - Monuments, tourist attractions - Camping, resorts - e-commerce

To see 301 more, check out our Trade shows database

Other Useful Resources

Trade Agencies and Their Representations Abroad
Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry
 
 

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Controlling the Quality of the Products

Quality Control Organizations
Website of the UAE Authority for Standardisation and Metrology

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Organizing Goods Transport To and From the United Arab Emirates

Main Useful Means of Transport
Maritime transport remains the principal means to transport goods. 90% of freight inbound to the Emirates arrives as ocean freight, much of it carried in shipping containers. Dubai’s Jebel Ali is the most important ocean freight port in the UAE, and it is one of the world’s largest artificial harbour. The UAE has 12 commercial trading ports, other than oil ports. Overall, 61% of cargo destined for GCC states arrives via the UAE's seaports.
Air and land freight transport remains less important than maritime transport. Land transport is virtually non-existent.
 
 

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By Road

Transport Professionals
Directory of goods transport professionals
Government Transport Organisations
National Transport Authority

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By Rail

Government Transport Organisations
Etihad Rail

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