UAE: Guideline allows for facilitated movement of goods between GCC countries

Facilitating movement of goods among Gulf Cooperative Council (GCC) countries

The goal of the TIR program is to facilitate the movement of goods

Dubai Customs issued policy guideline No. 52/2021 (5 May 2021) reflecting implementation of the “TIR carnet” (international road transport).

The goal of the TIR program is to facilitate the movement of goods within the Gulf Cooperative Council (GCC) member countries.

The guideline has an effective date of 1 June 2021, and provides that:

  • Goods transported under TIR will be considered as transit goods (“under duty suspension”) until there is proof of the goods exiting the country. This measure excludes tobacco products and their derivatives and alcoholic beverages.
  • The requirements for the transport of goods under TIR include that a part of TIR transport must be made by road; a part is part of journey performed in foreign territory; and that the transport carrier has been approved, as represented by an approval certificate issued by the appropriate authority and affixation of TIR plates/seals to the means of transport.
  • Transportation of goods via vehicles that satisfy the conditions will not be subject to customs inspection at all the entry or exit points.
  • Goods transported under the TIR system will be subject to prohibition and restriction controls as provided for under the national regulations in the country.

KPMG observation

GCC-based businesses therefore may benefit from implementation of the TIR through reduction of administrative and financial burdens, swift border crossing of goods, and a reduction in custom inspection of goods.

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



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