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2 Contents of the import of goods into the United Arab Emirates ... 2 General trade policy conditions ... 2 Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) ... 2 Free trade agreement of the Gulf Cooperation Council ... 3 Greater Arab Free Trade Area (GAFTA) ... 3 Bilateral agreements. .. 3 Economic relations with the EU ... 3 Customs procedures ... 4 Customs declaration and accompanying documents ... 4 Legalization of accompanying documents ... 6 Clearance for free circulation (import) ... 7 Temporary admission ... 7 Customs storage. .. 9 Customs shipment / transit ... 9 Import duties ... 9 Customs tariff ... 9 Customs value ... 9 Payment methods Customs rates Preferential duties Customs exemptions Import sales tax and additional import duties Import bans and restrictions Principle Registration of the importer Import bans and import quotas Goods subject to authorization Marking and labeling Internet addresses Export from of EU Germany Trade & Invest 1

3 United Arab Emirates (June 2014) Importing goods into the United Arab Emirates Bonn (gtai) - In order to facilitate the import of German goods into the United Arab Emirates, the new customs leaflet provides a compact overview of the most important import regulations. The brochure provides information about accompanying documents, import procedures, customs duties and import restrictions. You can download the UAE leaflet free of charge after registering under the trade policy framework Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Together with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and Oman, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) . In 2003 a customs union (GCC Customs Union) was officially created with a common customs law and a common customs tariff with a few exceptions. The external tariff is 5% for most goods, no import sales tax is charged. The trade in goods within the customs union is duty-free. The GCC Customs Union Authority in Riyadh has been responsible for the abolition of the remaining trade barriers and the organization within the customs union since June 2012. The final status of the customs union is to be achieved by January 2015. Since 2008, the GCC has also been trying to set the course for a common market. The UAE and all other GCC states are members of the WTO. Member States of the Gulf Cooperation Council 2 Leaflet on commercial imports of goods

4 Free trade agreements of the Gulf Cooperation Council The GCC has so far signed two free trade agreements (FTA), one with the EFTA states Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Iceland and Norway and one with Singapore. The FTA with the EFTA states including the bilateral agricultural agreements comes into force. For commercial products (Chapters 25 to 97) originating in the GCC countries, there are no customs duties in the EFTA countries. The GCC states also grant duty-free access to the majority of industrial products from the EFTA states. Further information and the contract texts can be found on the EFTA website. The FHA with Singapore has come into force. It covers trade in goods, services, investments, rules of origin, customs procedures, government procurement, e-commerce and economic cooperation. With the entry into force of the agreement, Singapore will grant all GCC originating goods duty-free with immediate effect. In return, approx. 95% of the tariff lines of the GCC import tariff for goods originating in Singapore are duty-free, a further 2.7% will be duty-free from 2018. The rules of origin of the agreement generally provide for a domestic production share of at least 35%. The text of the agreement can be found at: The GCC has started negotiations on a free trade agreement with various countries and alliances, for example with India, Turkey, New Zealand, MERCOSUR, Japan, South Korea, Australia and Pakistan. However, these agreements have not yet been concluded. Greater Arab Free Trade Area (GAFTA) The 17 member states of the Arab League signed an agreement in 1997 on the Arab Free Trade Area (GAFTA), also known as the Great Arab Free Trade Area or Pan-Arab Free Trade Area (PAFTA) . In addition to the GCC states, member states are also Yemen, Iraq, Lebanon, the Palestinian Territories, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria and Sudan. The contract entered into force in January 1998. This was intended to gradually reduce all trade barriers between the contracting states. According to its own information and according to the WTO, the UAE abolished import duties for goods originating from GAFTA member states in March 2008. Bilateral agreements The UAE have also concluded bilateral free trade agreements with Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco and Iraq in order to accelerate the implementation of the PAFTA treaty. Economic relations with the EU As a member of the Gulf Cooperation Council, the UAE has a cooperation agreement with the EU. The focus is on the economic development and diversification of the GCC countries. The cooperation also affects the areas of economic and technical cooperation, Germany Trade & Invest 3

5 United Arab Emirates (June 2014) Energy, industry, trade, services, agriculture, fisheries, investment, science, technology and environmental protection. Negotiations on a free trade agreement, which began in 1990, have been suspended, but talks are continuing informally. On the one hand, the GCC states were removed from the support system for developing countries (general system of preferences) of the EU. As a result, there are no customs concessions for GCC originating goods when they are imported into the EU. Instead, the standard EU tariff rates are applied. Customs procedure The member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council have been using the common customs code since 2003 as part of the customs union. After that, goods brought into the customs area of ​​the GCC can be cleared for free circulation, for temporary use, for transit, for re-export with reimbursement of import duties (re-export), for customs goods storage and for free zone traffic. Some of the procedures are briefly described below. Customs declaration and accompanying documents Customs declaration and tax collection are generally carried out in the GCC member state in which the goods to be imported first reach the customs area of ​​the customs union. In the subsequent forwarding within the customs union, no further customs measures (clearance, taxes) are usually required. All you have to do is fill out a declaration for statistical purposes (Statistical Declaration for Trade between GCC Countries). In the case of ship transport, a ship pre arrival notification report must be submitted at least 48 hours before the ship arrives at the port. A customs declaration must be submitted for customs clearance, regardless of whether the goods are duty-free or not. The customs declaration in the UAE can be submitted by the importer / exporter, his authorized representative or a customs broker. Electronic procedures are increasingly being developed and implemented in order to improve communication between traders and the customs administration as well as between the customs administration and other authorities involved in foreign trade. Customs declarations for commercial shipments must be submitted electronically. The following options are available for submitting customs declarations in the Emirate of Dubai: Dubai Trade Online Service Portal from Dubai Customs, Business to Government (B2G) Suitable for customers with frequent customs declarations and high import or export volumes. Customs Bureau Services This option is only available for non-commercial imports of goods, for example from private individuals or non-profit organizations. 4 Leaflet on commercial imports of goods

6 In the case of commercial shipments, the following shipping documents are usually to be created before the goods are exported: - Commercial invoice (fourfold) The commercial invoice must be created in Arabic or English and should contain the following commercial information: names and addresses of the manufacturer, seller and freight forwarder, terms of delivery and payment , Loading and departure port, numbers, number and type of packages, description of goods, customs tariff number, gross and net weight, unit and total price, country of origin, stamp and signature. The following declaration by the exporter must also be submitted and signed on the invoice: We hereby declare that the mentioned merchandise is being exported for our own account. The goods are of pure German origin, they are manufactured by .... If the goods contain originating products from other countries, add: The goods incorporate parts and components which originate from the following countries: ... If the invoice comprises several pages to bend them at one corner and to stamp them with the company. The country of origin on the commercial invoice must be stated as Federal Republic of Germany. The indication of European Union is generally not sufficient. - Certificate of origin (triple) A certificate of origin must generally be submitted in triplicate. As on the commercial invoice, the name and full address of the buyer, the loading and departure port and the name and address of the manufacturer must also be stated on the certificate of origin. The following declaration must be signed on the back: We hereby declare that the mentioned merchandise is being exported for our own account. The goods are of pure German origin. If the goods originate in different countries, the respective countries as well as the manufacturers must be listed: The goods incorporate parts and components which originate from the following countries: .... Only for goods originating in the GCC states, no certificate of origin is required for imports into the UAE be submitted. - Manufacturer's declaration (in duplicate) This is only to be created if the importer requests a corresponding separate declaration: We hereby declare that the mentioned merchandise is being exported for our own account. The goods are manufactured by ... (name, address). The manufacturer's declaration does not replace the submission of the certificate of origin. - Proof of insurance Proof of insurance in English or Arabic may be required for customs clearance. - Air freight documents: Air waybill Sea freight: Bill of lading; Ship Pre-Arrival Notification Report: The ships must be pre-notified to the port authority at least 48 hours before the ship's scheduled arrival. Germany Trade & Invest 5

7 United Arab Emirates (June 2014) - Packing list (basically fourfold) An original packing list in Arabic or English with details of HS codes for the goods items is generally required. There is no compliance with special formal requirements. The information contained in the packing list must match that in the loading list. - Other documents Depending on the type of goods, especially in the case of agricultural products, special documents must be presented upon import. Which documents are required here must be checked on a case-by-case basis. Legalization of the accompanying documents for the import of goods into the UAE, a legalization of the certificates of origin and commercial invoices by the consular department of the embassy of the UAE in Berlin is required. According to the embassy, ​​the documents accompanying the goods must first be certified by the responsible Chamber of Commerce and Industry (submit 4 copies). The IHK keeps a copy. They are then submitted to GHORFA, the Arab-German Association for Trade and Industry, Garnisonkirchplatz 1, Berlin, for further pre-treatment. For each document to be legalized, two copies must be sent in addition to the original (submit in triplicate). The GHORFA also keeps a copy and forwards the documents to the consular department of the embassy of the UAE. The embassy also keeps a copy of all commercial papers. The original is legalized, the submitted copies are not. For the return of the legalized documents, a stamped and addressed envelope and an accompanying letter addressed to the consular department with information on the number of documents submitted and the fees paid must be enclosed. We recommend sending the documents by registered mail. Documents can also be legalized at the Consulate General of the UAE in Munich. Commercial invoices and certificates of origin are only legalized together. Preparation of the accompanying documents for export to the UAE For each document to be legalized, GHORFA charges a fee of 18 euros. Proof of prepayment of the fees must be enclosed with the documents. The embassy also charges fees for legalization, see table. Further information can be found under: 6 Leaflet on commercial imports of goods

8 Legalization fees of the embassy of the UAE Certificates of origin, per copy (including copies) manufacturer's declarations, certificates of analysis, university, school certificates and the like, per copy (including copies) contracts and commercial powers, trade marks, patents, board resolutions, assignments and (including copies ), per copy Commercial register excerpt with commercial contract Commercial register excerpt without commercial contract Commercial invoice Amount value from EUR 0.00 to EUR 1,667.00 from EUR 1,667.01 to EUR 5,000.00 from EUR 5,001.01 to .00 EUR from .01 EUR to .00 EUR from .01 euros to .00 euros from, 01 euros to .00 euros from, 01 euros to .00 euros from, 01 euros to .00 euros from, 01 euros to, 33 euros from, 34 euros to, 00 euros from, 01 Euro up to, 67 Euro from, 68 Euro up to, 33 Euro All further copies of commercial invoices cost 60 Euro 60 Euro 800 Euro 60 Euro 800 Euro 60 Euro 80 Euro 160 each , - Euro 240, - Euro 320, - Euro 400, - Euro 520, - Euro 600, - Euro 800, - Euro 1,620, - Euro 1,640, - Euro 1,660 , - Euro 60, - Euro Source: GHORFA The UAE embassy only legalizes certificates of origin and invoices issued in Germany. Certificates of origin for goods from other countries must be legalized in the corresponding country of origin. Clearance for free circulation (import) In order to clear the goods for free circulation, all import duties must be paid and any trade policy regulations, such as permits, must be met. In principle, the freight documents, a commercial invoice, a certificate of origin, a delivery note and a packing list must be submitted. Temporary admission The procedure for the temporary admission of goods for trade fairs and exhibitions can be carried out in the UAE with an ATA Carnet at the following customs offices since April 2011: Dubai Cargo Village Jebel Ali Port in Dubai Dubai International Airport Germany Trade & Invest 7

9 United Arab Emirates (June 2014) Al Maktoum International Airport Abu Dhabi International Airport Port Zayed in Abu Dhabi. The Carnet holder does not need to register in advance with the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Temporary admission can also be carried out with the deposit of a security equal to the amount of customs duties. The following documents accompanying the goods must always be enclosed: freight documents, commercial invoice, certificate of origin, packing list, delivery note. Furthermore, proof of participation in the project, an exhibition or the like is generally to be provided, for example by means of a copy of the contract. Finally, a detailed list with the value of all goods to be imported temporarily must be submitted, the required period for the goods to remain in the UAE and a security in the amount of the import duties in cash or a corresponding bank guarantee must be provided. The re-export period is generally six months. In certain areas, an extension of the deadline is possible upon request. For heavy machinery and equipment for projects, an extension of the deadline up to three years can be requested. Goods that are temporarily imported for processing can remain in the UAE for up to one year upon request. When exporting, the security will be refunded, small quantities will be cleared. It is recommended that the re-export takes place via the airport where the security was provided. The following goods can be temporarily imported into the UAE: Heavy machinery and equipment for projects or for scientific and practical experiments in connection with the projects Third country goods for further processing Goods for performances, theaters, exhibitions Machines, apparatus and equipment for repairs Containers and packaging for filling Samples of goods for exhibiting animals for grazing Other goods that require temporary use. For the duty-free re-importation of trade fair goods into Germany, a return goods declaration or the INF 3 information sheet is required. The German customs administration provides further information on the clearance procedure for re-importation in Germany: For goods temporarily imported by private individuals for exhibitions, an original invoice, a certificate of origin, proof of participation in the exhibition and a packing list must be submitted. Furthermore, import duties amounting to 5% of the CIF value of the goods are to be deposited. The taxes are paid out again when the unchanged goods are exported. 8 Leaflet on commercial imports of goods

10 Customs goods storage Goods can initially be deposited unpaid in a private or public warehouse. The import duties are only due when the goods are removed from the warehouse. Duty shipping / transit The goods in transit are registered at the customs office of entry in the UAE.Securities in the amount of the import duties (generally 5% of the CIF value of the goods) as well as the transit fees of 80 Dh. to be paid. The transit of goods must be completed within 30 days. The TIR Carnet procedure cannot yet be used in the UAE. Accession to the Carnet TIR Convention has already been declared and the preparations for the introduction of the Carnet should be completed by the end of 2014. A corresponding contract has so far been signed between Dubai Customs and the Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE (ATCUAE), which is to implement the system in the UAE. However, contracts with the customs administrations of the other six emirates must be signed beforehand. Import duties Customs tariff The customs tariff of the Gulf Cooperation Council is largely decisive for determining the import duty. This is based on the International Agreement on the Harmonized System (HS) 2012 for the description and coding of goods. It can be found on the website of the Federal Customs Authority of the UAE: hscodedefinition.aspx? Selectedtab = unified% 20customs% 20tariffe. Most of the goods are subject to the ad valorem system, i.e. a certain percentage of the value of the goods is calculated. How high the percentage is can be determined on the basis of the customs tariff number of the goods in the customs tariff. Customs value The CIF (cost, insurance, freight) value is decisive for determining the amount of the import duty. The values ​​stated in the commercial invoice are usually the basis for the calculation. The customs officials may, however, set a different value at their own discretion. Germany Trade & Invest 9

11 United Arab Emirates (June 2014) Payment methods The following payment methods are generally available in the Emirate of Dubai for the payment of import duties: Credit Account, against a bank guarantee Standing Guarantee: for import, re-export and transit, against a bank guarantee E-payment: credit card or bank transfer . However, a transfer is currently only accepted if it is made at certain banks, such as the Commercial Bank of Dubai, Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, Union National Bank, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank and Dubai Islamic Bank. Cash check. Duty rates The standard duty rate to which the majority of goods are subject is 5% in all GCC member states. Exceptions are alcoholic beverages and tobacco products. In the UAE, alcohol is charged at 50%, tobacco products at 100% plus a minimum duty rate. Preferential tariffs Around 95% of the tariff lines of the GCC import tariff for goods originating in Singapore are duty-free, a further 2.7% will be duty-free from 2018. The rules of origin of the agreement generally provide for a domestic production share of at least 35%. With the entry into force of the agreement between the EFTA and the GCC states, the tariffs for products in Chapters 25 to 97 of the HS system will be eliminated, with a few exceptions. There are also no tariffs for processed agricultural products, fish and fishery products. For unprocessed agricultural products, the individual EFTA states have also concluded bilateral agreements with the GCC. No free trade agreement has yet been concluded with the EU. The standard duty rate of 5% continues to apply to most of the goods. Customs exemptions - GCC originating goods - GAFTA originating goods: Goods originating in Jordan, Tunisia, Sudan, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Morocco, the Palestinian Territories, Libya, Egypt, Yemen and Algeria are generally exempt from customs duties. The prerequisite is a domestic production share of at least 40% and the submission of a certificate of origin. Tobacco products and alcoholic beverages are exempt from the duty exemption. 10 Leaflet on commercial imports of goods

12 - Goods to government agencies, members of government, diplomats, humanitarian organizations; military goods. - Goods from immigrants (only for the first immigration) and from returnees. Goods for personal use and used household goods in normal quantities are exempt from customs duties. - Returned goods: Goods originating in the UAE that have been exported are considered returned goods if they are re-imported after 3 years at the latest in an unchanged condition with a proof of origin. Goods with a different origin that have been re-exported from the UAE are considered returned goods if they are returned to the UAE in an unchanged condition no later than one year after the re-export, with proof of the origin of the goods and proof of payment of import duties are introduced. Goods that have been temporarily exported for repair or refinement are generally also exempt from customs duties if customs have already been paid when these goods were previously imported into the UAE. Only on the added value that arises from the repair or refinement of the goods is duty levied upon re-importation. The maximum period of use abroad is one year. - Goods in travel: goods for personal use are duty-free. 400 cigarettes, 50 cigars, 500g tobacco, a total of 4l alcohol or 2 beer cartons (24 cans with a maximum content of 355ml) are also duty-free when importing into Dubai; Gifts valued at up to AED. Import sales tax and additional import duties When importing into the UAE, there are no import sales or consumption taxes. The various customs processing fees are summarized on the UAE Customs website. Import bans and restrictions Principle The common customs law of the GCC differentiates between import bans and imports that require an import license. Since each Member State is responsible for determining the group of goods for these measures, the national provisions must be applied when importing goods. Registration of the importer The commercial importation of goods is generally reserved for citizens of the UAE who hold a valid trade license. For the import of goods, a registration with the Department of Economic Development (. A trading license is then issued that authorizes the import of goods. Furthermore, an entry in the commercial register and the Eintra- Germany Trade & Invest 11

13 United Arab Emirates (June 2014) the company name is required. In addition, registrations must be made with the following offices: Chamber of Commerce of the respective emirate Ports and Customs Authority and Dubai Trade (for the emirate of Dubai). Import bans and import quotas Basically, import bans in the UAE are issued for cultural and religious reasons, but also to protect national security and the health of the people. The importation of narcotics, drugs, protected animal and plant species, live pigs and foodstuffs in which animal blood is used as an ingredient is prohibited. Confectionery in the form of cigarettes, used or retreaded vehicle tires, three-ply nylon fishing nets, raw ivory and rhinoceros horn, gaming machines, hazardous waste, radioactive products, ozone-depleting substances, red laser pointers, asbestos; all products, including publications and works of art, which are perceived as offensive in the UAE from a moral or religious point of view, may also not be imported. Falcons may only be imported under certain conditions from April to August 31 of each year. There is also an import ban in the UAE for goods of Israeli origin. Import quotas are currently not known. Goods that require a permit For the import of some goods, an import permit must be obtained from the competent authority in the UAE. Goods subject to approval Description of goods Competent authority Weapons and ammunition of all kinds Ministry of Interior Alcohol Ministry of Interior Narcotic drugs and drugs for Ministry of Health Medical purposes Communication systems Telecommunications Regulatory Authority Fireworks and explosives Ministry of Interior Live animals Ministry of Environment and Water Electric cigarettes Environment Research Authority Medicines and Medical Devices Ministry of Health Organic and Chemical Fertilizers Ministry of Environment and Water Fungicides Ministry of Environment and Water Seeds and Seedlings Ministry of Environment and Water Chemicals and Radioactive Substances Ministry of Environment and Water Veterinary Vaccines and Serums Ministry of Environment and Water and Ministry of Health 12 Leaflet on Commercial Imports of Goods

14 Goods subject to approval (cont.) Description of goods Competent authority Animal products of all kinds (leather, wool and Ministry of Environment and Water others) New tires Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology Standardization and import of machines Goods to be imported into the UAE must either comply with the standard conditions of the GCC, of the UAE or the respective emirate. If no standards specific to the UAE have been issued, the standards of the GCC Standardization Organization (GSO, or equivalent ISO standards) generally apply. The GSO is a regional organization made up of the national standardization organizations of the GCC states. It was founded to support the harmonization of import regulations in the GCC countries. Its task is to introduce GCC-wide standards and technical norms. National standards of the UAE are issued and implemented by the Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA) Regulated products according to ESMA and covered by the Emirates Conformity Assessment Scheme (ECAS) must be registered with ESMA prior to sale in the UAE market. The list of regulated products can be found at: This includes some household goods such as kettles , Irons, ovens and microwaves, as well Tobacco products, tires and certain oils. ESMA has also announced the addition of perfumes to this list. ESMA is also responsible for type testing of measuring instruments. In all GCC countries, the international standard system according to the International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIMP) is applied. There are basically no further import restrictions for machines. Exceptions exist for machines that are used in agriculture. An import permit must be obtained for these Import of new vehicles and tires When vehicles are imported into the UAE, a Certificate of Conformity for Motor Vehicles must be presented to prove that the vehicle complies with the standards applicable in the UAE Manufacturer applied for at the GCC Standardization Organization (GSO), for the import of tires also a certain certificate of conformity, English: Certificate of Conformity for Tires. Both certificates can be applied for online after registration in the ECCS (Electronic Conformity Certificate System). For this, the GSO publishes a user manual: / The import of used tires is prohibited. Germany Trade & Invest 13

15 United Arab Emirates (June 2014) Import procedures for goods of animal and vegetable origin An import permit from the UAE's Ministry of Environment and Water is required to import goods of animal and vegetable origin into the UAE Plants, fertilizers, but also agricultural machines, the so-called Agricultural Activity License must be obtained before importing. All plants and plant products require the presentation of a phytosanitary certificate officially issued in the country of origin of the goods. For seeds, seedlings, honey bees and cut flowers, an import permit must be obtained. Further information on the application process for these products and the form can be found under the following link: Information relating to plant health as well as contacts to the responsible bodies and a list of the official P Plant protection agencies in Germany can be found on the Internet under the link of the Julius Kühn Institute, imported animals and animal products are subject to a veterinary inspection in the UAE and must be accompanied by a veterinary certificate. The arrival of live animals must be announced in advance to the UAE Ministry of the Environment. It should be discussed with the importer whether there may be import bans for animals from certain countries of origin. This can especially be the case after the occurrence of animal diseases. Food Import Regulations Certain permits and registrations must be obtained prior to importing food into the UAE. The authority responsible for the emirate of Dubai is the Municipality of Dubai Food Control Department. For all products that are intended for human consumption, a certificate of analysis (FIT-Analysis) is required, which also confirms the unrestricted usability of the food. This can be issued by a laboratory accredited abroad or by the Dubai Central Food Laboratory (for the Emirate of Dubai). In principle, all food consignments are checked before they are imported in order to check compliance with the regulations regarding shelf life and labeling. At the time of importation, the shelf life for food may not have expired by more than half. 14 Leaflet on commercial imports of goods

16 When importing food, the following documents accompanying the goods must generally be presented: Original health certificate issued by a state health authority in the country of origin of the goods, packing list, Halal certificate for meat, poultry and goods made from it. In the case of epidemics, additional certificates may be required, e.g. a dioxin certificate. In principle, alcohol must not be added to food. If food contains pork, this must be clearly identifiable on the label, not just in the list of ingredients. Prohibited additives in food E number Name E 104 Quinoline yellow E 105 Real yellow E 107 Yellow 2G E 123 Amaranth (CI FD and C red 2) E 124 Ponceau 4R (CI) E 131 Patent blue V (CI) E 142 Green S, brilliant acid green, Lissamine green, CE 924 potassium bromate E 952 cyclamate E 1510 ethanol (alcohol) Germany Trade & Invest 15

17 United Arab Emirates (June 2014) Food colors that may only be used in certain foods E number Color food Maximum amount E 127 Erythrosine Cherries and products - made from E 128 red 2G sausages, yoghurt 20 ppm E 161G Canthaxanthin Cooked sausages, 30 ppm 100 ppm Ice cream E 173 Aluminum coatings for sugar confectionery Good Manufacturing for the decoration of Practice (GMP) cakes and fine baked goods E 174 Silver coatings for confectionery products GMP E 175 Gold coatings for confectionery products GMP E 180 Lithotrubin BK Edible cheese rind GMP - Orange B Sausage casings 150 ppm - Citrus -red No. 2 orange peel 2 ppm The GCC countries have implemented an early warning system for food (Gulf rapid alert system for food - GRASF) to facilitate and accelerate communication about existing health risks associated with food. The information is reported to the head office by the national contact point in the country concerned. This in turn forwards it immediately to the other member countries of the GCC. Halal certification For imports of meat and poultry and goods made from them, an original Halal certificate must be presented. The test and subsequent certification should prove compliance with the Islamic purity and dietary laws during the entire production process. For example, food cannot contain alcohol, pork or products made from them. The import of other foods with ingredients of animal origin, e.g. Experience has shown that gelatine in confectionery is not allowed if no Halal certificate is presented. Such a certificate can also be required from the importer for other foodstuffs, cosmetics and certain chemical products. Before exporting, it should always be clarified whether the selected German certification company has a valid accreditation from the UAE Ministry of Environment & Water, as only certificates from accredited companies are accepted for imports. According to the above-mentioned ministry, the following institutions have such accreditation in Germany: Islamic Center Munich, the Mannheim Institute for Integration and Interreligious Dialogue and the Islamic Society of Siegburg. You can apply for accreditation from the above-mentioned ministry. 16 Leaflet on commercial imports of goods

18 In July 2009 the World Trade Organization (WTO) announced the new guidelines for Halal certification bodies (according to the Gulf Standard Specification No. 0000/2008). This announcement describes the requirements that a certification body must meet in order to obtain accreditation. The UAE has developed a new procedure for the inspection of imported and locally produced halal products. The procedure is to be implemented and controlled shortly by the Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology. Marking and labeling Designation of origin In principle, all imported goods are to be provided with a non-removable designation of origin (Made in ...). The goods marking should be clearly legible and permanently connected to the goods. It can be done by printing, engraving or pressing and is basically to be attached to the goods themselves. Only in exceptional cases and only if the labeling is due to the size or nature of the goods, such as not possible for screws, small parts, food or liquids, it may be attached to the packaging. The labeling must then be made on the smallest packaging unit. It must be ensured that the information on the origin on the packaging corresponds to the information on the origin in the documents accompanying the goods. Food labeling All food must be labeled in Arabic. Bilingual labeling in English and Arabic is also possible. The label must contain the following information: Product name and product brand Ingredients (in descending order according to their percentage by weight) Net weight in metric units Country of origin Name and address of the manufacturer or importer Date of manufacture and use-by date (the use-by date must be for some products such as tea, white sugar and rice are not specified) Barcode of the product List of ingredients that can trigger hypersensitivity Nutritional information (basis: GSO Standard 2233/2012). Certain foods such as fresh fruit, vegetables, fish and poultry generally do not require any nutritional information. Germany Trade & Invest 17

19 United Arab Emirates (June 2014) The shelf life of food is regulated in the Gulf Standard No. 150/2007. The Dubai Municipality Food Control Department provides the brochure Import and Re-Export Requirements of Foodstuff under - Food Control - in which, among other things, the prescribed shelf life dates for various foods are named. Labeling of tobacco products The Gulf Cooperation Council calls for image-based warning notices on tobacco product packaging. They should encourage motivation to quit smoking. For this purpose, a common standard (GSO 246/2011) was drawn up that regulates the mandatory labeling of tobacco products. The following information must therefore be attached to the packaging in Arabic and English: A warning about the health dangers of tobacco consumption Tar, nicotine and carbon monoxide content in percent The information For sale in the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries. The following information can also only be printed in English: Name and trademark of the product Number of cigarettes or weight for other tobacco products Production date (month and year) Batch number Country name (origin, manufacture or packaging). The warning notices should consist of text and images and should be attached to the front and back in the lower part of the packaging. The warning notice is to be printed in Arabic on the front and in English on the reverse. The warning notices must be clearly visible, clearly legible and indelible and must not be covered when the package is opened. They must be framed with a black bar. Misleading information such as light, mild or low tar content. Further specifications, e.g. the font and size can be found in the standard mentioned. Packaging regulations The packaging should be robust and adapted to the climatic conditions. All information on the marking must match the information on the documents, in particular the certificates of origin. Fragile goods or goods that require special treatment should also be labeled with an indication of how the goods are handled, preferably in Arabic. Old newspapers may not be used as packaging material. 18 Leaflet on commercial imports of goods

20 Internet addresses Customs Administration of the UAE: Customs Administration of the Emirate of Dubai: Customs Administration of the Emirate of Sharjah: Ministry of Economy: Ministry of Environment and Water: Ministry of Health: Abu Dhabi Chamber: Dubai Chamber: Dubai Municipality Portal: Dubai Trade: Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology : Gulf Standardization Organization: Embassy of the UAE in Berlin: GHORFA (Arab-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry): Export from the EU Detailed information on the export procedure from the EU is available from the German customs administration (a brief description of the export procedure can also be found on our website ( Germany Trade & Invest 19

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