3-5 December 2019Dubai Convention & Exhibition Centre

5 Things You Need To Know When Importing Natural Products To The UAE

Importing foreign goods can seem like a confusing mess of red tape, and in some ways it is, but it is also one of the easiest ways to source natural products that cannot be grown or created in your local area.

If you’re unsure where to start, you’re not alone.

Fortunately, we’ve outlined five key points you should be aware of before you start your journey.


Find A Reliable Supplier:

Before you worry about importing anything you need to find products to import.

Finding a reliable supplier, who has quality inventory and is compliant with local laws should be at the top of your to do list.

Organic & Natural is a good place to start as the expo brings premium suppliers from over 65 countries to the Dubai Convention and Exhibition Centre each year.



Figuring out what licence you need can be confusing to say the least.

Requirements vary by region so be sure to do your research before trying to bring your new natural inventory to your warehouse.

You can find out what kind of licence you’ll require here.



In addition to having a licence for your business, there are also a range of certifications that your product will need in order to get through customs.

These include:

  • Commercial invoice with full information provided

  • An approved Certificate of Origin

  • A detailed packing list

  • An import permit

  • Bill of Entry or Airway Bill

Food products require additional certifications but are exempt from the “legalization process”.

You can find out more information about certifications and legalization here.


Customs Duties Apply:

The GCC Customs Union requires that a customs duty be paid on every product bought into a GCC Country.

This is generally charged at 5% of CIF value but can be as high as 100% depending on whether or not the product you are attempting to import is considered a restricted import.

You will also be required to obtain, and maintain, a customs code.


Your Products MUST Be Packed In Accordance With Labelling Legislation:

This one leans more towards being your supplier's responsibility than yours but it is important that you understand the requirements as you may need to work with your supplier to ensure compliance with local legislation.

Requirements include declaring the source of animal fats, specific formats for production and expiration dates and any relevant addresses.

You can find the full list in section two of this report.


Remember these five tips next time you’re looking to expand your inventory and the growth of your business will progress smoothly.

Category : Natural and organic