UAE: Suspension of customs declarations expires 31 January 2021 (COVID-19)

UAE: Suspension of customs declarations expires

Dubai Customs released guidance (Notice no. 1/2021 (14 January 2021)) concerning the submission of customs declarations and required documents.


The guidance reinstates the process initiated by Notice 1/2018, requiring the submission of customs declarations. Notice 1/2018 was suspended, as part of the government’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic by Notice 2/2020 which paused the requirements to submit customs declarations.

Notice no. 1/2021 revokes the suspension allowed under Notice 2/2020, and reinstates the customs declaration requirements beginning 31 January 2021. As of that date, businesses will have to submit customs declarations and other required documents to Dubai Customs within 14 days of processing of the customs declaration on the Mirsal2 portal. Once the 14-day period lapses, a daily late charge will be applied.

Special rules apply for customs declarations completed between 29 March 2020 and 31 January 2021.

Read a January 2021 report prepared by the KPMG member firm in the United Arab Emirates 

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