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Import duty & taxes when importing into United Arab Emirates

Overview

Import duty and taxes are due when importing goods into UAE whether by a private individual or a commercial entity.  The valuation method is CIF (Cost, Insurance and Freight), which means that the import duty and taxes payable are calculated on the complete shipping value, which includes the cost of the imported goods, the cost of freight, and the cost of insurance.  No additional taxes or fees are levied on imports.

Duty Rates

Duty rates in UAE vary from 0% to 100%, with an average duty rate of 4.61%.  Some goods can be imported free of duty (e.g. laptops and other electronic products).                     

Sales Tax

There is no sales tax applicable on imports in UAE.

Minimum thresholds

Imports with a CIF value up to AED1000 are exempt from duty.

Other taxes and custom fees

There are no other taxes or fees charged on imports in UAE.

Local Customs office and contacts

More information on import declaration procedures and import restrictions can be found at Dubai Customs.