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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.