Import invoices worth Dh10,000 or more must be attested.

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

Import invoices : The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has announced that all import invoices worth more than Dh10,000 must be attested by the Ministry, with failure to do so resulting in fines.

As per Cabinet Resolution No. 38 of 2022, new fees for certifying import invoices and certificates of origin will be introduced on February 1, 2023. The regulation will apply to all imported goods valued at Dh10,000 and above, and the attestation of invoices will be done electronically.

Dh150 attestation cost will be applicable for each commercial invoice. Customers will have 14 days to comply with the attestation, otherwise a penalty of Dh500 per invoice will be levied by the Mofaic

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Exemptions to import invoices attestation

However, exemptions will be available for certain categories including invoices with a value below Dh10,000, personal imports and goods from Gulf Cooperation Council countries.

In addition, transit goods, B2C e-commerce movements, diplomatic and military goods, charitable societies, and international organizations will not be covered.

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

Related: UAE Corporate Tax 2023

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