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UAE: Dubai Customs extends “grace period” for submitting customs declarations (COVID-19)

UAE: “Grace period” for submitting customs declarations

Dubai Customs has extended a “grace period” for submitting customs declarations and required documents until 30 September 2021—relief offered in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.


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The extended grace period applies for customs declarations filed between 1 February and 30 June 2021.

Read Customs Notice 5/2021 [PDF 815 KB] (17 March 2021)

In general, customs declarations and related documents must be submitted within a 14-day period. Customs Notice 5/2021 extends a grace period from this 14-day period to exclude declarations processed during the period from 1 February to 30 June 2021. 

With this relief, companies importing and exporting to and from the UAE via Dubai can take advantage of the suspension to re-organize their internal processes to comply with Dubai Customs requirements by no later than September 2021.

Read an April 2021 report prepared by the KPMG member firm in the United Arab Emirates

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