Ekimport - a Crowd Importing Platform | Import from India to UAE

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Winners at K-Startup Grand Challenge 2019

Ekimport.com - Crowd Importing Platform

The idea of Crowd Importing (What is Crowd Importing?) via Ekimport.com was conceived in India and was accelerated in South Korea as a part of the K-startup Grand Challenge in 2019. As one of the top 4 winning startups, Ekimport promoted and exported products of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to the world.

Ekimport Team is a Crowd Curator

Ekimport.com - Crowd Importing Platform

Ekimport team consists of professionals from international trade and logistics, market research and international marketing, business development and sales. Under the leadership of the founder and CEO Mr. Naveen Peter, the team is on a mission to curate crowds of credible exporters and international SME* buyers to make importing and international sourcing faster, cheaper and more reliable.

*SME: Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise, where a small-sized enterprise typically employs less than 50 people and has a turnover of less than US $10M, while a medium-sized enterprise employs between 50 to 250 people and has a turnover between US$10M to US$50M.

Ekimport.com - a Crowd Importing Platform:

Ekimport.com - Crowd Importing Platform

Ekimport.com is a crowd importing platform that curates two types of crowds:

  1. Crowd of Credible Exporters:

    The crowd of credible exporters for a given product is curated specifically to quickly provide multiple competitive B2B quotes (quotations) to importers who buy in large quantities.

    Such importers can send an RFQ (Request For Quote) to a crowd of credible exporters for a given product by going to the section “CROWD QUOTES” on Ekimport.com. The importers can then receive multiple competitive B2B quotes from the crowd of credible exporters quickly.

  2. Crowd of International SME (Small and Medium-sized Enterprise) Buyers:

    The crowd of International SME buyers is curated specifically to help purchase of a product in small quantity at wholesale price and no MOQ (Minimum Order Quantity) by an international SME buyer who is interested in a few samples, placing small trial orders or whose purchase size is smaller than than a typical MOQ needed for receiving competitive wholesale pricing.

    The international SME buyer can join a crowd of other international SME buyers for a given product by booking a Crowd Import Deal in the section “CROWD IMPORTS” on Ekimport.com. In this way, the international SME buyer can take advantage of the crowd of other international SME buyers curated by Ekimport.com to buy in small quantities and yet be able to get low wholesale prices!

RESOURCES RELATED TO IMPORTING IN UAE

Federal Customs Authority (FCA) draws the customs policies, supervises the execution of customs-related laws and legislations and represents the UAE at home and abroad.

Licensing is important to be an importer. It includes having a valid trade license issued by a UAE license issuing authority and being registered with Customs department.

Import of seeds, tubers, outdoor seedlings and honeybees into the UAE is possible after receiving permit from Ministry of Climate Change and Environment.

Certain goods such as animals, medicines and weapons can be imported/exported only after receiving necessary permits from the competent authorities in UAE.

The UAE is party to several multilateral and bilateral trade agreements. As part of the GCC, the UAE has strong economic ties with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, etc., meaning the UAE shares a common market and a customs union with these nations.

The UAE, the second-biggest Arab economy, and Egypt agreed to strengthen bilateral trades ties between the two Arab countries by identifying the scope for future business opportunities and offer companies export credit facilities.

The FTA between the Gulf Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC) and the EFTA States involves benefit from duty free access for Industrial goods, including fish and other marine products to the respective markets of the EFTA States.

The GSFTA allows the GCC goods full duty free access to Singapore market. It also qualify 99% of Singaporean domestic exports to the GCC for tariff-free concessions. Some goods shall maintain the base rates for 5 years from the date of Agreement.

The service enables individual customers to apply for permission to import controlled medicines from abroad for personal use. This includes narcotic drugs and controlled psychoactive substances as defined in the relevant legislation.

Importer must have a valid UAE Import Permit for his pet. This is required to book pet's flight and will be required to clear the pet at customs in the UAE. A maximum of two pets can be listed on a single Import Permit.

In UAE the Emirates Standardization and Meteorological Authority (ESMA) is the government body responsible to regulate & supervise the personal care sector. If the products fulfill the ECAS requirements, ESMA issues an ECAS Certificate of Conformity.

The Emirates Conformity Assessment Scheme (ECAS) Certificate of Conformity constitutes evidence that the product has been approved by the UAE Federal Government through ESMA. Check the process for obtaining a certificate of conformity.