• Ahmad Khateeb

Why land freight ? And what is the import and export procedures in UAE?


Importing and exportIng by road , can be the most effective mode of transport in GCC and Levant countries.

As per 2014 statistics five per cent of UAE exports take place by road.


Land freight / land transport advantages:

1-Cost-effective in transporting goods between GCC countries.

2-Transit time can actually be shorter by road than by sea, such as shipping goods from the UAE to Jordan.

3-Road freight rates tend to be lower in terms of cost than air or sea.

4-Road freight is more convenient than sea or even air transport.

5-Documentation also is far simpler than sea and air freight.

Road import process:

In general for most common commodities the importer needs the following documents:

1-Certificate of origin.

2-Commercial invoice — usually one original and two copies are required.

3-Packing list — usually one original and two copies are required, It is important that the number and weight should be exactly as that stated on the Air Waybill with the commercial invoice number.

All items on the packing list should state an eight-digit HS (harmonised system) code with the country of origin and price.

This code is a standardised international system of names and numbers to classify traded products.

If the shipment contains multi-country products, all country names should be mentioned separately against each HS code.

4-Authorized clearance agent, for more details about the process of authorizing clearance visit read our post “ Things that many of UAE companies doesn’t know about Ghuwaifat Border?”

In the case of importing special shipments, additional documents and procedures to be done as below:

A-All food and beverages need pre-approval from the food control department of the concerned UAE municipality.

The approval permit should be attached to the shipment for customs clearance.

All food products also need to show the dates of manufacture and expiration on the packaging and box in both Arabic and English.

B-All pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and similar products need an import permit, issued by the UAE Ministry of Health.

This should be attached to the freight upon its arrival into the UAE.

C-When importing live animals, the importer should obtain prior written approval from Ministry of Environment.

D-All wireless communication equipment, with the exception of mobile phones, needs special permission from the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, and in some emirates also from the Police/CID.

E-For food, pharmaceuticals and certain cosmetics, an appropriate vehicle may be required with cold storage facilities or temperature control depending on the consignment.

For more information about import and export process , feel free to contact:

Ahmad Khateeb

Global Logistics

Dubai World Central, DWC

Logistics City,Dubai, UAE

00971505581009

0097146642449

ahmad@glplog.com

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