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7 Common Customs Clearance Problem

Here are 7 common customs clearance problem: Demurrage - A penalty charge against shippers or consignees for delaying the carrier’s equipment or vessel beyond the allowed free time. The free time and demurrage charges are set forth in the charter party or freight tariff. Detention - A penalty charge against shippers or consignees for delaying carrier’s equipment beyond allowed time. Demurrage applies to cargo; detention applies to equipment. Per Diem - A charge, based on a fixed daily rate. Physical Damage - Improper leashing or loading of the cargo in the vessel can lead to physical damages made either to...

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Dubai Customs FAQ Part 3

WHAT DOCUMENTS DO CUSTOMS NEED TO SEE FOR IMPORTING GOODS TO FREEZONE? Delivery Order: This will be issued by the shipping agent upon receipt of freight charges and either the original bill of lading or a bank guarantee. Original Invoice: This should be produced by the original exporter and legalised by a recognised authority in the country of export. (This document is used by customs here for duty charges and statistical purposes.) Certificate of Origin: Produced by the original exporter and legalised by a recognised authority in the country of export. This is used by customs to confirm the country of origin and...

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Dubai Customs FAQ Part 2

WHAT ARE THE DUTY FREE ALLOWANCES ALLOWED TO CARRY WITH ME? ​Gifts whose value does not exceed AED 3,000. The Number of cigarettes should not exceed (400) cigarettes, (50) cigars, (500) grams of tobacco (minced or pressed for pipes), minced or pressed tobacco for smoking, tobacco or mild-tasting tobacco. Exceeding the above will be dutiable. The amount of alcoholic beverages and beers should not exceed 4 liters of alcohol beverages, or 2 cartons of beer (each consisting of 24 cans, not exceeding 355 ml for each can or its equivalent). WHAT IS THE RATE OF CUSTOMS DUTY IN DUBAI? Five per cent of the value...

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Dubai Customs FAQ Part 1

HOW DO LICENSE HOLDERS CLEAR GOODS FOR SALE LOCALLY? License holders can sell their goods to companies in the UAE (through an agent or distributor) and also in the FZ. In the former case the Ex-FZ import bill is cleared through customs in the name of the buyer.  Note that approval letter form restricted commodities should be submitted to Dubai Customs along with the requirement documents after the time of arrival in order to release the imported items.  WHO MAY CLEAR CARGO THROUGH CUSTOMS CENTERS? Consignees holding a UAE federal or Dubai Economic Department licence or any of the four Free Zone licences. Agents holding...

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Dubai Customs by ASG

Al Sahlawi Group Advocates & Legal Consultancy is the first and the only Law Firm in the Middle East specializing in custom procedures and technical affairs relating to export, import, re-export, transit, customs warehouses, free zones and other custom formalities and requirements together with solving all legal issues arising there from.  We are well experienced to plea and plead over customs cases (smuggling, parallel imports, counterfeit and similar offences) and to initiate different customs suits before competent jurisdiction like customs administrations and committees, public prosecution and judicial and administrative agencies. The Firm has its competent and long experienced legal specialists...

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Different types of company structures in the UAE.

Free Zone Entities - allow 100% foreign ownership of the companies, and are exempt from corporate and personal taxes for a specified number of years. These entities are not licensed to do business outside of the free zones. They are most commonly used to import/re-export or for industrial and/or manufacturing companies. Many service related companies also use the free zones as their base of operations. Onshore structures are the most misunderstood structures in the UAE. They are the ones which garner a lot of attention due to the compulsory rule of having to nominate a 'local sponsor'. In essence this is...

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Benefits of Emirates ID

According the poll conducted by the EIDA (Emirates Identity Authority) 45% of the Cardholder doesn’t know the benefits of the ID. For this reason, we are listing down the benefits of the Emirates ID directly from EIDA. Benefits for the Cardholder   It saves time from being identity vetted and proofed everywhere. It enables a more efficient and secures e-government web access service. It facilitates commerce by providing a basis for trust that can spawn other identities for us by other government agencies or service providers in both public and private sectors.    The card holder will have one single ID card to use both physically as well...

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New UAE Labour Law

[caption id="attachment_2863" align="alignright" width="600"] NOC is not a pre-requisite anymore.[/caption] New UAE Labour Law: Rules to follow when resigning your job. Why NOC not pre-requisite anymore for switching jobs The UAE’s Ministry of Labour has recently made several changes to the country’s Labour Law with the aim of making the employee-employer relationship more transparent, as well as mutually beneficial. The new labour decrees were implemented at the beginning of the year on the directives of Labour Minister Saqr Ghobash. The first discussed the mandatory offer letter that aims to promote transparency or openness between the employer and the employee. Q. about how the changes in...

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Form 3115 for a Cash to Accrual Method for Small Businesses

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We aim to lead in each practice and area of law we work in. Coming from in-depth understanding of the law and the industry, capitalizing on extensive experience, we provide hands-on advice that speaks the language of our client’s business. Whether in aviation, sales and distribution, antitrust, corporate and M&A, finance, employment, energy, IP, litigation, TMT, real estate, or any other area of law, our clients can expect excellence and commitment to their objectives. Ensuring the operational functioning of the organisation, the development of external relations, management of press relations and constant communication with the press....

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