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UAE: Dubai Customs introduces new benefits for air shipments completed by courier companies as from 1 of July 2019

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Dubai Customs has decided to provide additional customs benefits to air shipments completed by courier companies to facilitate and reduce the cost of exporting or transiting low value consignment goods in/from Dubai.

Dubai Customs has recently issued the Customs Notice No. (4/2019) to announce further benefits for courier companies that process export, transit and re-export declarations via the Dubai electronic clearance system (Mirsal II). The new benefits are applicable to air shipments only, and represent an important measure to facilitate the export, transit and re-export of low value consignments by courier companies. One of the main beneficiaries of this development are e-commerce businesses that ship goods from distribution centers located in Dubai to regional and global markets. The new facilities shall be effective as of 1 July 2019.

The key updates are as follows:

For the export and transit shipments valued below AED 3,000 courier companies shall submit and complete the customs declarations via the electronic clearance system (Mirsal II) using the following approved (simplified) forms:

  •  Courier export declaration
  •  Courier transit declaration

The main benefit consists of the extension of the threshold from the current AED 1,000 to AED 3,000, for courier companies be eligible to submit courier export and transit declarations to ease the customs clearance. It looks like that in these cases there is no processing fees for issuing the declarations.

For the export, transit and re-export shipments valued from AED 3,000 up to AED 15,000 courier companies shall submit and complete the customs declarations via the electronic clearance system (Mirsal II) and shall follow the regular customs procedures using the following declarations:

  • Export declaration
  • Transit declaration
  • Re-export declaration

The benefit introduced for this type of shipments is reducing the processing fees for issuing the customs declaration from the current fees of AED 100 for export and re-export declarations and AED 50 for transit declarations, to AED 10 in all three cases. It is to note that it is unclear from the wording of the Customs Notice No. (4/2019) whether re-export shipments valued below AED 3,000 are also eligible to the same benefits.

For export, transit and re-export shipments valued more than AED 15,000, there are no changes to the current procedures.

For more details please contact:

Nassim Tanouti
Senior Manager Indirect Tax & Indirect Tax Technology Lead
PwC Dubai
E-Mail: nassim.tanouti@pwc.com
Phone: +971 43043100

 

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