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Customs Clearance in Qatar

All goods being imported to or exported out of Qatar are subject to customs clearance and control, a task that is overseen by Qatar’s customs department, the General Authority of Customs.

Managing all goods coming in and going out of Qatar by land, sea and air, the General Authority of Customs places strict regulations on both importers and exporters. Requirements must be followed to the letter to avoid goods being returned to origin, stored, or transported for further inspection, with costs charged to those at fault.

So, what do you need to know about customs clearance in Qatar? In this post, we’ll look into the documentation required when importing and exporting goods, the procedure when goods arrive at customs, and any exceptions and important info you need to know about.

Documentation Required

  • The original itemised Commercial Invoice (on the shipper’s original letter head, attested by Chamber of Commerce, signed in blue ink and stamped by the company seal). The invoice must clearly state the delivery incoterm, the shipper’s name, the consignee name, the country of origin, currency, a specific description of the items, the HS Code, quantities, the unit price & total price per item, the total price, packing information (such as the total number of packages), net weight & gross weight per line item (this must match the weights provided on the Bill of Lading & Packing List exactly).
  • The original Airway Bill/ Bill of Lading (gross & net weights and total quantity must exactly match those given on the Commercial Invoice, Packing List and Certificate of Origin) .
  • The original Packing List (signed in blue ink & stamped by company seal).
  • The original Certificate of Origin (typed, not hand-written, and signed and attested by the local Chamber of Commerce from origin export country).
  • The DG code and Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for chemical, hazardous or dangerous products.
  • The Dangerous Goods Note should be supplied if necessary, as per IMDG code.

Country of Origin

Each individual item and its external packaging MUST feature “Made In (Country of Origin)” information. This can be either engraved, silk-screened, or featured on a non-removable sticker.

The country of origin displayed on each item and its packaging must match the information provided on all shipping documents. The country of origin must be precise, featuring the actual country, not, for example ‘European Union’.

It’s also worth noting that every item within an assembly must feature a marking from the same country. Having more than one country of origin displayed on an item or assembly is not allowed.

Customs Procedure

Upon arrival at the customs station, the goods will be examined and compared carefully to the documentation provided. In some cases, goods may be transported elsewhere for inspection. The owner of the goods will cover the cost of transport, as well as the cost of unpacking and repacking each item.

If it is decided that the goods are harmful or “not conforming to the approved specifications”, they may be destroyed or re-exported to the country of origin at the owner’s expense.

For goods that pass inspection, customs duties will be levied according to the contents of the customs declaration. Should inspection reveal a discrepancy between the goods and what is stated in the customs declaration, customs taxes and duties shall be levied accordingly, with fines imposed where necessary.

Service Charges

Goods held at the customs station will be subject to charges for storage, handling and insurance costs. However, these storage charges will not exceed 50% of the estimated value of the goods. Other charges may be placed on items for impacting, sealing, analysis and all services rendered.

Free Zones

Foreign goods may be brought into free zones (and taken out again to go to other free zones and outside of Qatar) without being subject to customs duties.

Other exemptions include personal effects and used household items brought into the country by nationals residing overseas, or foreigners arriving in Qatar for the first time.

Fusion’s New Air Cargo Customs Clearance Services

Like many processes and procedures in Qatar, customs clearance can seem somewhat daunting to the uninitiated. Fortunately, Fusion is here to help. As your local partner of choice, Fusion now offers Air Cargo Customs Clearance services, making the process of importing and exporting goods a completely hassle-free process.

With full understanding of local rules and regulations, Fusion’s team of dedicated professionals handles even the most complex situations with ease, ensuring goods are cleared through customs efficiently and effectively. Offering you this time-saving, cost-effective solution, Fusion allows you to concentrate on what’s important – your business.

To find out more about Fusion’s Air Cargo Customs Clearance services, contact the experts today.