United Arab Emirates

Letter mail
Parcel
EMS
Prohibited articles list
Additional requests
 
Weight / size limit admitted:
üPostcard – maximum weight 20g.  maximum size - 240X340mmmaximum thickness – 5mm
üLetter – maxsimum weight 250gmaximum size - 240X340mmmaximum thickness: 5mm.
üSmall packets – maxsimum weight 2kgmaximum size - 240X340mmmaximum thickness: 50mm.
üM bag – maxsimum weight 30kg. maximum height - 80cmmaximum circumference -120cm.
 
Insured* letters admitted – no;
Maximum insured value 
 
On-line tracking provided – yes;
 
Payments for inbound items in case, when content is a goods:
ü Customs clearance fee - 15 AED;
ü Threshold level below which items are free of customs duties and other taxes - 1000 AED;
 
Numbers of customs declarations required for inbound letter – 1;
Languages in which customs declarations must be completed – Arabic, English;
 
Delivery charge for small packets exceeding 500 g 
 
Period of retention for letters – 1 month;
 
 
Web site address of postal administration – www.epg.gov.ae
 
*Insured Parcel–Type of Registered Parcel,  which is insured at cost declared by the sender. Insured value should not be more than the actual cost of the package content and should not exceed 10 000 GEL.

 

**Custom declaration for letter post is required only in case, when content is a goods.

 
Weight / size limit admitted:
ü Max weight – 20 kg
ü Max size - 1,05m X 1,05m X 1,05m (or 2m length & greatest circumference);
 
Insured* parcels admitted – yes;
Maximum insured value - 4000 SDR**;
 
On-line tracking provided – yes;
 
Numbers of customs declarations required for inbound parcels – 2;
Languages in which customs declarations must be completed – English, Arabic;
 
 
Payments for inbound parcels:
ü Customs clearance fee - 15 AED;
ü Threshold level below which parcels are free of customs duties and other taxes - 1000 AED;
 
 
To customers’ address:
ü Free – no;
ü Paid service – no;
 
 
Period of retention for parcels:
ü Min – 60 days;
ü Max –
 
Web site address of postal administration – www.epg.gov.ae
 
 
 
*Insured Parcel–Type of Registered Parcel,  which is insured at cost declared by the sender. Insured value should not be more than the actual cost of the package content and should not exceed 10 000 GEL.
 
**SDR–Monetary unit (Special Drawing Rights) created by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) - The value of the SDR in terms of the US dollar is determined daily based on exchange rates quoted at noon each day in the London market and posted on the IMF’s 

Weight / size limit admitted:
ü Max weight – 20 kg
ü Max size - 1,05m X 1,05m X 1,05m (or 2m length & greatest circumference);
 
 
Maximum insured value:
 for documents: 4000 GEL
 for merchandise: 10 000 GEL
 
Numbers of customs declarations required for inbound EMS – 3;
Languages in which customs declarations must be completed – English;
 
Payments for inbound parcels:
ü Customs clearance fee - 0.05 AED;
ü Threshold level below which parcels are free of customs duties and other taxes :
For private customers: 1000 AED
For business customers –1000 AED
 
How many attempts at delivery are made: 3
 
Period of retention for EMS items: 15 days
 
Coverage: entire territory
 
Days of the week on which EMS items are delivered: 1/2/3/4/6
 
EMS item delivery to P.O. Box: Yes
 
National holidays on which EMS items are not delivered: 1 January, 3 April, 5/6 June, 11-14 August, 1 September, 10/30 November, 2/3 December
 
Web site address of postal administration – www.epg.gov.ae
 
 
 
 
**SDR–Monetary unit (Special Drawing Rights) created by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) - The value of the SDR in terms of the US dollar is determined daily based on exchange rates quoted at noon each day in the London market and posted on the IMF’s 
 
The amount of  insurance paid by the customer   should  not exceed the actual value of the contents of the parcel
 

 

Definition of Terms

 

 

·        Prohibited items – items whose import into the country is prohibited.    

·        Items admitted conditionally – items whose importation into the country is allowed with the term if a document issued by the relevant authorities of the exporting country is presented.    

·        Items admitted without conditions – items whose import into the country is allowed.    

 

Detailed information on the HS codes and their titles can be found on the Revenue Service web-page (http://www.rs.ge/4509) or at the following address: http://www.foreign-trade.com/reference/hscode.htm

 

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The below information is based upon the official source of United Arab Emirates 

 
ParI:
List of articles prohibited as imports (or in transit) or admitted conditionally
 
 
Section I                        Live animals; animal products
 
Chapter 1                       Live animals
Heading        HS Code               ÿ Prohibitearticles
01.01-06                         All live animals, except for bees, leecheand silkworms.
ÿ Articles admitted conditionally
See Part II, §§ 2.1.1 and 2.1.2.
 
 
Chapter 2                       Meat and edible meat offal
Heading         HS Code             ÿ Prohibitearticles
02.01-10                         Porproductand by-products.
 
 
Chapter 3                       Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and otheaquatic invertebrates
Heading         HS Code             ÿ Prohibitearticles
03.01-07                         All fish and crustaceans, molluscand other live aquatiinvertebrates.
 
 
Chapter 4                       Dairy produce; birds' eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified oincluded
Nil.
 
 
Chapter 5                       Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included
Heading         HS Code             ÿ Prohibitearticles
05.01-11                         All porproductand by-productmentioned in thichapter.
Ivorand rhinocerohorn.
 
 
Section II                       Vegetable products
 
Chapter 6                       Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage
Heading         HS Code             ÿ Articles admitted conditionally
06.01-04                         See Part II, § 2.2.
 
 
Chapter 7                       Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers
Nil.
 
 
Chapter 8                       Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons
Heading         HS Code             ÿ Prohibitearticles
08.01-14                         Fresh or dried fruit contaminated bparasiteconsidered to be dangerouto crops.
ÿ Articles admitted conditionally
See Part II, § 2.2.
 
 
Chapter 9                       Coffee, tea, maté and spices
Nil.
 
 
Chapte10                     Cereals
Nil.
 
 
Chapter 11                     Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten
Nil.

 
 
Chapter 12                     Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruit; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder
Heading         HS Code             ÿ Prohibitearticles
12.01-14                         All typeof drugs, cereal seedcontaminated bparasiteconsidered to be dangerouto crops.
ÿ Articles admitted conditionally
See Part II, §§ 2.2, 2.7 and 2.8.1.
 
 
Chapte13                     Lacgums, resins and othevegetable saps and extracts
Heading         HS Code             ÿ Prohibitearticles
13.01-02                         Opiuand all typeof drugs.
ÿ Articles admitted conditionally
See Part II, §§ 2.7 and 2.8.1.
 
 
Chapter 14                     Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included
Nil.
 
 
Section III                      Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products; prepared edible fats; animal or vegetablwaxes
 
Chapter 15                     (Sole chapter)
Heading         HS Code             ÿ Prohibitearticles
15.01-22                           Pig fat. Strearinmadfropig fatLaranalsimilapreparationmadfroporby-products, etc.
 
 
Section IV                      Prepared  foodstuffs;  beverages,  spirits  and  vinegar;  tobacco  and  manufactured  tobacco substitutes
 
Chapte16                     Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs ootheaquatic invertebrates
Heading         HS Code             ÿ Prohibitearticles
16.01-05                         All porpreparations.
 
 
Chapter 17                     Sugars and sugar confectionery
Nil.
 
 
Chapter 18                     Cocoa and cocoa preparations
Nil.
 
 
Chapter 19                     Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; pastrycooks' products
Nil.
 
 
Chapter 20                     Preparations of vegetables, fruits, nuts or other parts of plants
Nil.
 
 
Chapter 21                     Miscellaneous edible preparations
Heading         HS Code             ÿ Prohibitearticles
21.01-06                         All preparationcontaining porby-products.
 
 
Chapte22                     Beverages, spirits anvinegar
Heading         HS Code             ÿ Prohibitearticles
22.01-09                         All typeof alcoholibeverages.

 
 
Chapter 23                     Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal fodder
Heading         HS Code             ÿ Prohibitearticles
23.01-09                         Raw tartar.
 
 
Chapter 24                     Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes
Nil.
 
 
Section V                       Mineral products
 
Chapter 25                     Salt; sulphur; earths and stone; plastering materials; lime and cement
Nil.
 
 
Chapte26                     Ores, slag and ash
Nil.
 
 
Chapter 27                     Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; minerawaxes
Nil.
 
 
Section VI                      Products of the chemical or allied industries
 
Chapter 28                     Inorganic  chemicals;  organic  or  inorganic  compounds  of  precious  metals,  of  rare-earth metals, of radioactive elements or of isotopes
Heading         HS Code             ÿ Prohibitearticles
28.01-51                         Radioactive materials. All typeof toximaterials.
ÿ Articles admitted conditionally
Anti-parasite productfor agricultural use and other similar prepared products. See Part II, § 2.3.
 
 
Chapte29                     Organic chemicals
Heading         HS Code             ÿ Prohibitearticles
29.01-42                         All typeof drugand psychotropisubstances. All chemicals.
ÿ Articles admitted conditionally
See Part II, §§ 2.7 and 2.8.1.
 
 
Chapter 30                     Pharmaceutical products
Heading         HS Code           ÿ Prohibitearticles
30.01-06                         Exemptions  are  granted  by  the  Ministry  of  Health,  Central  Directorate  of  Pharmaceuticals  and
Supply, PO Box 848, ABU DHABI.
ÿ Articles admitted conditionally
See Part II, §§ 2.7 and 2.8.1.
 
 
Chapte31                     Fertilisers
Heading         HS Code             ÿ Articles admitted conditionally
31.01-05                         See Part II, § 2.4.
 
 
Chapter 32                     Tanning or dyeing extracts; tannins and their derivatives; dyes, pigments and other colouring matter; paints and varnishes; putty and other mastics; inks
Nil.

 
 
Chapter 33                     Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations
Nil.
 
 
Chapter 34                     Soap, organic surface-activagents, washing preparations, lubricating preparations, artificial waxespreparewaxespolishinoscouring preparations,candleansimilaarticles, modelling pastes, "dentawaxesand dental preparationwith a basis of plaster
Nil.
 
Chapte35
Albuminoidal substancesmodified starchesgluesenzymes
Nil.
 
 
Chapter 36
 
Explosives;   pyrotechnic   products;   matches;   pyrophoric   alloys;
preparations
 
certain
 
combustible
Heading         HS Code
ÿ Prohibitearticles
 
 
36.01-06
All materialmentioned in thichapter.
 
 
 
Chapter 37
 
Photographic or cinematographic products
 
 
Heading         HS Code
ÿ Prohibitearticles
 
 
37.01-07
Indecent or immoral films.
 
 
 
ÿ Articles admitted conditionally
 
 
 
See Part II, § 3.2.
 
 
 
Chapter 38
 
Miscellaneous chemical products
 
 
Heading         HS Code
ÿ Prohibitearticles
 
 
38.01-24
Industrial radioactive elementand productcontaining such elements.
 
 
 
ÿ Articles admitted conditionally
 
 
 
Pesticideand similar packaged products. See Part II, § 2.3.
 
 
Section VII                     Plastics and articles thereof; rubber and articles thereof
 
Chapte39                     Plastics and articles thereof
Nil.
 
 
Chapter 40                     Rubber and articles thereof
Nil.
 
 
Section VIII                    Raw hideanskins, leather, furskinanarticles thereofsaddlery anharnesstravel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut(other than silk-worm gut)
 
Chapter 41                     Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather
Heading         HS Code             ÿ Prohibitearticles
41.01-11                         Pig skin and leather.
 
 
Chapte42                     Articles of leather; saddlery anharnesstravegoods, handbagansimilacontainers;
articles of animal gut (other than silk-worm gut)
Nil.
 
 
Chapter 43                     Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof
Nil.

 
 
 
Section IX                      Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal; cork and articles of cork; manufactures of strawof esparto oof other plaiting materials; basketware andwickerwork
 
Chapter 44                     Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal
Nil.
 
 
Chapte45                     Cork and articles of cork
Nil.
 
 
Chapter 46                     Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork
Nil.
 
 
Section X                       Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulose material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard;
paper and paperboard and articles thereof
 
Chapter 47                     Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulose material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard
Nil.
 
 
Chapte48                     Papeand paperboard; articles of papepulp, of paper or of paperboard
Nil.
 
 
Chapter 49                     Printed   books,   newspapers,   pictures   and   other   products   of   the   printing   industry;
manuscripts, typescripts and plans
Heading         HS Code             ÿ Prohibitearticles
49.01-11                         PublicationthacorrupyounpeopleWorks thaardetrimentatpubliordeocontrarto
Islam, or that are offensive to AraboMuslims. Indecent or immoral articles.
ÿ Articles admitted conditionally
See Part II, § 3.1.
 
 
Section XI                      Textiles and textile articles
 
Chapter 50                     Silk
Nil.
 
 
Chapte51                     Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehaiyarn anwoven fabric
Nil.
 
 
Chapter 52                     Cotton
Nil.
 
 
Chapter 53                     Other vegetable textile fibres, paper yarn and woven fabrics of paper yarn
Nil.
 
 
Chapter 54                     Man-made filaments
Nil.
 
 
Chapter 55                     Man-made staple fibres
Nil.

 
 
Chapter 56                     Wadding, felt and non-wovens; special yarns; twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof
Nil.
 
 
Chapter 57                     Carpets and other textile floor coverings
Nil.
 
 
Chapte58                     Speciawoven fabricstufted textile fabricslacetapestriestrimmingsembroidery
Nil
 
 
Chapter 59                     Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use
Nil.
 
 
Chapter 60                     Knitted or crocheted fabrics
Nil.
 
 
Chapte61                     Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted
Nil.
 
 
Chapte62                     Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted
Nil.
 
 
Chapter 63                     Other made-up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags
Nil.
 
 
Section XII                     Footwear, headgear, umbrellassun umbrellaswalking-sticksseat-stickswhips, riding- crops and parts thereof; prepared feathers and articles madetherewith; artificial flowersarticles of human hair
 
Chapter 64                     Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles
Nil.
 
 
Chapte65                     Headgeaand parts thereof
Nil.
 
 
Chapte66                     Umbrellas, sun umbrellaswalking-sticks, seat-stickswhips, riding-crops and parts thereof
Nil.
 
 
Chapter 67                     Prepared feathers and dowand articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers;
articles of human hair
Nil.
 
 
Section XIII                    Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials; ceramic products;
glass and glassware
 
Chapte68                     Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similamaterials
Nil.
 
 
Chapter 69                     Ceramic products
Nil.

 
 
Chapte70                     Glass and glassware
 
Nil.
 
 
Section XIV                    Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones, precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewellerycoin
 
Chapter 71                     (Sole chapter)
Heading         HS Code             ÿ Articles admitted conditionally
71.01-18                         All these preciouarticleare admitted in insured boxeor parcels.
 
 
Section XV                     Base metals and articles of base metal
 
Chapte72                     Iron and steel
Nil.
 
 
Chapte73                     Articles of iron and steel
Nil.
 
 
Chapter 74                     Copper and articles thereof
Nil.
 
 
Chapte75                     Nickel and articles thereof
Nil.
 
 
Chapter 76                     Aluminium and articles thereof
Nil.
 
 
Chapte77                     (Reserved fopossible future use in the harmonized system)
Nil.
 
 
Chapte78                     Lead and articles thereof
Nil.
 
 
Chapte79                     Zinc and articles thereof
Nil.
 
 
Chapter 80                     Tin and articles thereof
Nil.
 
 
Chapte81                     Othebase metalscermetsarticles thereof
Nil.
 
 
Chapter 82                     Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal
Nil.
 
 
Chapte83                     Miscellaneous articles of base metal
Nil.

 
 
 
SectioXVI                    Machinery anmechanicaapplianceselectricaequipmentparts thereofsound recorders and reproducers, television image and sound recorders andreproducers, and parts and accessories of such articles
 
Chapte84                     Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliancesparts thereof
Nil.
 
 
Chapter 85                     Electrical machinery and equipment and parts thereof; sound recorders and reproducers; televisioimagansound recorders and reproducers andparts anaccessorieosuch articles
Nil.
 
 
Section XVII                   Vehicles, aircraft, vessels and associated transport equipment
 
Chapter 86                     Railway or tramway locomotives, rolling-stock and parts thereof; railway or tramway track fixtures and fittings and parts thereof; mechanical (includingelectro-mechanical) traffic signalling equipment of all kinds
Nil.
 
 
Chapte87                     Vehicles, other than railwaotramway rolling-stock, and parts and accessories thereof
Nil.
 
 
Chapte88                     Aircraft, spacecraft and parts thereof
Nil.
 
 
Chapter 89                     Ships, boats and floating structures
Nil.
 
 
Section XVIII                  Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments   and   apparatus;   clocks   and   watches;  musical   instruments;   parts   and accessories thereof
 
Chapte90                     Opticalphotographiccinematographicmeasuringcheckingprecisionmedicaosurgical instruments and apparatusparts and accessories thereof
Nil.
 
 
Chapte91                     Clocks anwatches and parts thereof
Nil.
 
 
Chapte92                     Musical instrumentsparts and accessories of such articles
Nil.
 
 
Section XIX                    Arms and ammunitionparts and accessories thereof
 
Chapter 93                     (Sole chapter)
Heading         HS Code             ÿ Prohibitearticles
93.01-07                         All armand ammunition, and partand accessoriethereof.

 
 
 
Section XX                     Miscellaneous manufactured articles
 
Chapter 94                     Furniture, bedding, mattresses, mattress supports, cushions and similar stuffed furnishings; lamps and lighting fittings not elsewhere specified or included;illuminated signs, illuminated name-plates and the like; prefabricated buildings
Nil.
 
 
Chapte95                     Toys, games and sports requisitesparts and accessories thereof
Nil.
 
 
Chapte96                     Miscellaneous manufactured articles
Heading         HS Code             ÿ Prohibitearticles
96.01-18                         Worked ivorand articleof ivory (including rhinocerohorn).
 
Butane gacigarette lighters.
ÿ Articles admitted conditionally
Emptcigarette lighters.
 
 
Section XXI                    Works of art, collectors' pieces and antiques
 
Chapter 97                     (Sole chapter)
Nil.

 
 
ParII:
Conditions of admission of articles imported or in transit
 

2.1      Animals and animal products
 
 
 
2.2      Plants and plant products
 
 
 
 
2.3.1   Anti-parasite products for agricultural use

2.1.1  Bees  and  queen  bees  manot  be  imported  without  appropriate  authorization  from  local authoritieor from thMinistrof Agriculture and Fisheries.
 
2.1.2  Beesleeches and silkworms foimportation musbe packed iboxeiaccordancwith the conditionacceptable to the administration of origin.
 
General rule
 
Thgeneraconditionfor thimportatioof plantanplant productarset bthMinistrof Agriculture and Fisheries, iaccordancwith Federalaw No 5/1979Any additionainformatiomay bobtainefrothMinistrof AgriculturanFisherieat thfollowinaddressMinistrof Agriculture and Fisheries, PO Box 213, ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES.
 
Anti-parasite products foagriculturausansimilaproductmay bimporteonly if they comply witMinisteriaOrder No 12/1991issueby thMinistry of AgriculturanFisheriesregardingthe importation ruleand general licensing conditionin respect of agricultural pesticides.

 
2.3.2   Fertilizers           SeMinisteriaOrder No 23/1991issuebthMinistrof AgriculturanFisheriesregardinthe importation of organic fertilizerand the relevant conditionwithwhich these productmust comply.
 
2.4 to 2.6 not applicable.
 
2.7       Narcotics            Thimporopharmaceuticapreparationcontaininnarcoticisubject to authorizatioby the Ministrof Health. Anadditionainformation regardinsuchauthorizatiomabobtainefrothe: Ministrof Health, DirectoratoPharmaceuticalanSupplyPBo848ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES.

 
2.8      Pharma- ceutical products
 
2.8.1   Medicaments and other products used in medical treatment
 
 
 
 
3.1      Books, brochures, newspapers, printed matter

 
 
The importation omedicaments and otheproducts used in medical treatmenisubject to prior authorizatioby thcompetendirectoratof thMinistrof Healt(DirectoratoPharmaceuticals and Supply). Anadditional information in thiconnection mabe obtained frothat Directorate.
 
Exemption
 
Medicaments for personal use are exempt on presentation of a supporting medical report.
 
2.8.2 to 2.16 not applicable.
 
Certain  books,  brochures,  newspapers,  printed  matter  and  other  publications  are  subject  to inspectiobthMinistrof Informationwhicis responsiblfoacceptinoexcludinthem. Informatioabout restrictionanspeciaconditionithiregarmabobtainefrothaMinistry at the following addressMinistroInformatioand CulturePBo17ABU DHABI, UNITEDARAB EMIRATES.

 
3.2       Films                   Certain  films  are  subject  to  inspection  by  the  Ministry  of  Information  which  is  responsible  for acceptinoexcludinthem. Informatioabourestrictionandspeciaconditionithiregarmay be obtained frothaMinistry.

 
 
ParIII:
Special conditions, Customs and other
 

3.1      Drawing up of customs declarations

Customdeclaration(C 2/CP 3) must contaialthinformationecessarfor thapplicatioof customdutancontromeasureobotimportatioanexportationSpecifically, theymust state:
 
–        the names, first nameand addresof the senderand addressees;
 
–        the countrof origin and countrof destination of the ite(parcel);
 
–        the goodcontained in the iteand, if possible, the Harmonized Systecode number;
 
–        the neweight and grosweight;
 
–        thvalue of the itemwith an indication of the currencused.
 
Thcustoms declaratioshoulalscontaiadditionainformatioon thnaturoconditioothe goods  in  respect  of  customs  regulations  (eg  "gift",  "sample",  "goods  returned  or  admitted temporarily", etc).
 
Lastly, the declaration must be signed bthe sender.

 

 

 
All items should include the addressee's name, surname, address, PO Box number, Post code, country.