Customs exemption

Customs exemption

Objectives

Encourage the development of industrial establishments and projects in the United Arab Emirates.
Decrease production costs
Increase competitiveness by increasing local exports and attracting investments.

Program Criteria

Imported raw materials and equipment to be entered on IDB system.
Duty Exemptions are applied by the factory through IDB system.
Imported material HS Code applied in IDB and Dhabi systems have to be identical.
The materials imported must be directly related to the finished product produced by the factory.
The imported materials cannot be any of the factory’s finished products.
During Under Construction Phase: Custom’s exemption is only granted for spare parts and machines.
During Production Phase: Custom’s exemption is granted for raw materials along with spare parts and machines.

Process

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Apply for Custom’s Immediate Exemption through Dhabi System or via Custom’s clearance offices.

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Pay required fees for Duty Exemption (250 AED per application)

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Get Immediate Duty Exemption Result through the system.

Required Documents

Machinery,machines and equipment information
Information about the raw and intermediate materials and semi-finished goods required for the industrial production purposes of the enterprise, as well as the packaging materials consumed through production processes, according to the goods’ information required to be amended.
Bill of lading
Certificate of origin
Purchase Invoice
Approvals of competent bodies.

FAQs

No. The product modification must be chosen with the activity, i.e. each activity must be linked to at least one product, except in the case of service activities.


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Make sure to activate Java on the computer device of the applicant or send the attachments via email on IDBbackoffice@ded.abudhabi.ae to be attached to the application.


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Yes.


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No.


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The industrial investor can check the application status through the system or by contacting the Bureau via the available contact info to receive the necessary support.


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No. You can pay the fees using the electronic system.


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  The industrial license is now an electronic one and can be collected through email.


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The industrial license can be validated by entering its number in the Enquiry Page on the Department of Economic Development’s official website.


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The partnership percentage must be 51% for the Emirati partner and 49% for the foreign partner


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You can do that through the International Standard Industrial Classification of All Economic Activities on the United Nations Statistics Division website, or by contacting the Bureau via the available contact info.


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By submitting another application – (IO) via the electronic system and attaching an official signed and stamped letter from the factory.


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The industry pioneers license (an individual institution) requires the following: Submitting an application via the website, entering the tradename and the owner’s details, and selecting the industrial activity. The industry pioneers license (companies) requires the following: Reserving the tradename, the Memorandum of Association, entering the partners’ details, and selecting the industrial activity.


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By submitting an application via the email, entering the products and machines data, and attaching the certified lease contract.


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By submitting an application through system, entering the details of the raw materials, and attaching environmental permit and  certificate  from the Civil Defense that indicates the fulfillment of the preventive safety conditions.


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Yes, the Bureau offers industrial consultancy services which can be requested by booking an appointment with the competent team via email: idbbackoffice@ded.abudhabi.ae


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The industry pioneers status: Does not receive any customs exemption The under-construction status: Receives a customs exemption for the machines The production status: Receives a customs exemption for the raw materials and the machines


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No. Customs exemption applies only to the materials that enter Abu Dhabi ports.


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The shipment must be transferred to Abu Dhabi Ports, or an application for a customs exemption must be submitted through the Ministry of Economy.


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Yes. Attested lease contracts must be attached to the application form.


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The annual payment receipt


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The industrial license is banned when a letter is received from the court that bans the same. Therefore, the investor will not be able to submit any application until the system lifts the ban.


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By issuing a Certificate of Origin from the Ministry of Economy and attesting the product in their records using a stamp that bears the (Made in the UAE) mark.


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Yes. Only the following activities can be added to the industrial license


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Yes. According to the decisions of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, including (the exemption from renewal fees of industrial licenses that have been expired for more than two years).


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This can be done by obtaining a commercial license under the name (sales outlet) branch for the industrial license in order to sell the factory’s products individually in the local market


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Yes. The customs exemption applies to the materials that enter the Emirate of Abu Dhabi’s ports for the industrial licenses in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Other emirates exemption is managed by the Ministry of Economy.


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Cancellation of the previous announcement

 Procedure Type  Duration

 

Announcement

 
 Modification of sale and waiver partners

14 days 

One paper

 Tradename modification 7 days 

One paper

 Legal form modification 7 days   One paper
 Capital reduction  30 days  Two different papers at the same time
 Modifying the partner’s nationality  7 days  One paper
 Amendments to the branches  No announcement is required
 License cancellation without liquidation  7 days (for the institution)  One paper
 Modifying the partner’s nationality 7 days   One paper
 License cancellation (with liquidation)  45 days  Two different papers at the same time
 Local branch cancellation  -  Not required
 Cancellation of another emirate’s branch  -  Not required
Cancellation of the previous announcement  7 days  One paper

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