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FRI 10 FEB 2023 | This week we received a query from our customer Chris Long, Export Logistics & Customer Service Specialist at Carvansons Limited – A World-leading Fragrance and Perfume Manufacturer based in Haslingden. One of their shipments was on its way to the UAE, and the customer reported an important change which came into effect on the 1 February.

Companies in UAE will soon be subject to a new compliance requirement as they would be required to attest import invoices with a value of Dh10,000 and above by the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (Mofaic).

According to a tweet issued by Mofaic — as per Cabinet Resolution No. 38 of 2022 regarding fees for certification of invoices and certificates of origin for imports into the UAE — this new rule came into effect on February 1, 2023.

The UAE’s Mofaic has introduced an electronic online process to complete the import invoice attestation by uploading the PDF documents. This will also generate a reference number as proof of attestation. The reference number is integrated with the UAE Customs system to confirm the attestation is completed by the customer before import declaration.

A Dh150 fee per commercial invoice will apply and customers will have a grace period of 14 days after the declaration of goods.

Our advice and quickest solution was to:

  • Your customer (importer) needs to register with the EDAS Service:
  • Produce a UK Certificate of Origin (C/O) and invoice both for certifying through our Chamber.
  • Once approved send a scanned version to your customer.
  • Your customer uploads onto the EDAS system.

Please be aware of this change, and we hope the above helps you to notify your customers and be prepared to raise additional paperwork.

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Published On: February 10th, 2023