January 2023 / United Arab Emirates

January 16 2023

UAE announces fees on international imports from February 2023

Pursuant to UAE Cabinet Decision No. (38) of 2022 on the attestation fees of commercial invoices and certificates of origin for importers into the United Arab Emirates, all imports into the country from 1 February 2023 must be accompanied by an invoice attested by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MOFAIC).

The customs notice provides that the MOFAIC will charge a fixed service fee of AED 150 for attestation of each commercial invoice of imported goods valued AED 10,000 or more. Such fee must be paid within 14 days from the date of completing the customs declaration.

Exemptions for UAE import attestation fees include will be applicable for certain categories including Free Zone imports and GCC imports.

The documents attestation service of the MOFAIC can be accessed directly through Attestation of Official Documents, Certificates and Commercial Invoices.

The Customs notice was published on the official Dubai Customs website on 2 November 2022 and the decision will come into effect from 1 February 2023.