Market Reports/Tariffs
Textiles, Apparel, Footwear and Travel Goods

United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Import Tariffs
Market Information

Last updated on 09/11/2017

If you have any questions about the following information, please contact an analyst at the U.S. Department of Commerce- Office of Textiles and Apparel at 202-482-4058 or click here for e-mail access.

**The following information is provided only as a guide and should be confirmed with the proper authorities before embarking on any export activities.**

Import Tariffs - United Arab Emirates (UAE)
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a member of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which consists of Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, the UAE, Oman, and Saudi Arabia, and confers special trade and investment privileges within those countries. As a member of the GCC, the UAE implemented the Unified Customs Law (ULC) in 2003 to facilitate regional trade. In accordance with the ULC, the UAE imposes a five-percent tariff on the c.i.f. (cost, insurance, and freight) invoice value of most imported products, including textile, apparel, footwear and travel goods products. For more detailed tariff information, or the Unified Customs Tariffe for GCC States 2012 in the right hand column on the United Arab Emirates Customs Authority webstie or the Current Situation of Schedules of Members on the World Trade Organization website.

Samples/Temporary Entry--Commercial samples for exhibition may be imported temporarily with approval from Customs, provided they are re-exported within six months, upon payment of a deposit in lieu of duty or a bank guarantee. The deposit or guarantee is refundable on proof of export. The materials and articles that enter under temporary admission may not be used, allocated or disposed of for purposes and objectives other than those for which they were imported as stated in the declaration submitted.

The UAE accepts ATA Carnets for exhibitions and fairs.

ATA Carnet--An ATA Carnet or "Merchandise Passport" is a document that facilitates the temporary importation of products into foreign countries by eliminating tariffs and other import taxes or charges normally required at the time of importation. For more information or to apply for an ATA Carnet, see the United States Council for International Business website.

If your product is primarily made in the U.S. of U.S. originating components it may qualify for duty-free entry into countries with which the U.S. has a free trade agreement (FTA). The U.S. currently has FTAs with the following countries: Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Jordan, Mexico, Morocco, Nicaragua, Oman, Panama, Peru, Singapore and South Korea. See the FTA Tariff Tool, to determine the duty-free status or reduced duties that apply to products eligible under these free trade agreements.

Additional resources for tariff information:

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Import Documentation/Procedures (United Arab Emirates (UAE))

No specific information is available.

For more information on local customs rules and regulations:
UAE Federal Customs Authority

For information on common export documents, such as transportation documents, export compliance documents, certificates of origin, certificates for shipments of specific goods, temporary shipment documents, and other export-related documents, see the webpage on Common Export Documents.

For country-specific information on import procedures and documentation requirements, see the
Country Commercial Guides (CCG) on the website.

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Import Restrictions (United Arab Emirates (UAE))

A list of restricted goods for import may be found at the UAE Federal Customs Authority website.

Suits and protective vests, of knitted synthetic or man-made fibers (HSs 6101.30.00 and 6201.93.00) are on the "restricted" list.

The importation of the following items may also be prohibited:
  • HS 5608.1100--Made-up fishing nets of man-made textile materials
  • HS 5608.1900--Knotted netting of twine, cordage or rope; made-up fishing nets and other made-up nets, of textile materials of man-made textile materials
  • HS 5608.90.00--Knotted netting of twine, cordage or rope; made-up fishing nets and other made-up nets, of textile materials
    U.S. Export Restrictions:

    The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) in the U.S. Department of the Treasury administers and enforces economic and trade sanctions against targeted foreign countries, terrorists, and international narcotics traffickers and their agents in accordance with U.S. foreign policy and national security goals. The OFAC website includes summaries of sanctions programs for various countries and the “Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons” (SDNs) list of entities and individuals with whom U.S. persons may not conduct business and whose property must be blocked if under the control of a U.S. person.

    The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) in the U.S. Department of Commerce is responsible for implementing and enforcing the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), which regulate the export and re-export of most commercial items. BIS maintains the Denied Persons List, which consists of individuals, and companies that have been denied export and re-export privileges by BIS, and the Entity List, which consists of foreign end users who pose an unacceptable risk of diverting U.S. exports and the technology they contain to alternate destinations for the development of weapons of mass destruction

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Standards - United Arab Emirates (UAE)
No specific information is available.

Local standards organization and other resources:

The National Center for Standards and Certification Information (NCSCI) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the U.S. Department of Commerce provides information on U.S. and foreign standards, technical regulations, and conformity assessment procedures for non-agricultural products. NCSCI staff responds to requests for information by identifying relevant standards and regulations, and by referral to the appropriate standards-developers or private-sector organizations. Under copyright restrictions, NCSCI cannot provide copies of standards, but NCSCI does provide sources for accessing standards.

Notify U.S. - Member countries of the World Trade Organization (WTO) are required under the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT Agreement) to report to the WTO all proposed technical regulations that could affect trade with other Member countries. Notify U.S. is a free, web-based e-mail subscription service that offers U.S. companies an opportunity to review and comment on proposed foreign technical regulations that may affect their access to international markets.

Additional resources:

Examples of voluntary formaldehyde labeling programs

American Apparel and Footwear Association's Restricted Substances List

American National Standards Institute (ANSI)

ASTM International

International Organization for Standardization (ISO)

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Labeling - United Arab Emirates (UAE)

It is mandatory that textile labels include the country of origin and the size. Inclusion of composition and/or care instructions is optional. Labels must be in Arabic only or Arabic/English.

The Emirates Authority for Standardization & Metrology is currently developing packaging and product labeling standards.

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Market Information - United Arab Emirates (UAE)

No specific information is available.

U.S. companies may contact the U.S. Commercial Service for information and personalized counseling at every step of the exporting process. Find a U.S. Export Assistance Centers near you.

For information on protecting trademarks, designs, patents and copyrights, see the STOPFAKES.GOV website. STOPFAKES.GOV is dedicated to helping U.S. companies protect their innovations and safely market their products at home and overseas. Find guidance and resources on how to register your company's intellectual property and protect it from counterfeiting and piracy. Also find IPR toolkits for select countries, as well as other country-specific information.

For information on selling to foreign governments, see the Global Procurement Opportunities website.

Other sources for market information and data:
OTEXA Export Market Report (U.S. export data for textiles, apparel, footwear and travel goods)

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service

U.S. Department of State - U.S. Embassies, Consulates, and Diplomatic Missions

U.S. Office of the Trade Representative

Local Industry and Trade Associations

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