Attestation mandatory for import invoices worth over Dh10,000 or face fines

January 18th, 2023 by Stephen Jones Leave a reply »

Dubai Customs issued Customs Notice No. (11/2022) on procedures and fees of commercial invoices attestation by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation (“MoFAIC”) for imports to the UAE local market. This notice will come into force on February 1, 2023.A Dh150 fee per commercial invoice will apply and customers will have a grace period of 14 days after the declaration of goods.

Companies in UAE will be subject to a new compliance requirement from February 1, 2023. to attest by UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (Mofaic).import invoices with a value of Dh10,000 and above – Cabinet Resolution No. 38 of 2022 regarding fees for certification of invoices and certificates of origin for imports into the UAE

Attestation of Invoices will be done electronically at a cost of Dh150 per commercial invoice and customers will have a grace period of 14 days after the declaration of goods to comply with the attestation. Failure to do so will result in a penalty of Dh500 per invoice levied by the Mofaic on the non-complying businesses.

Exemptions for certain categories include invoices with a value below Dh10,000, personal imports, goods imported from Gulf Cooperation Council countries, and those brought into free zones, transit goods imports, B2C e-commerce movements, diplomatic, police and military, charitable societies, and international organisations goods.

To complete the import invoice attestation upload the PDF documents to the UAE’s Mofaic electronic online process which will then generate a reference number as proof of attestation, which is integrated with the UAE Customs system to confirm the attestation is completed by the customer before import declaration.

Declarants must enter the electronic attestation reference number issued for each attested invoice by the MoFAIC into the customs electronic system for the purpose of declaring an import and import for re-export declaration, in case the attestation fee is paid prior to completing the customs declaration.

Alternatively, declarants may finalize the payment of attestation fees within a maximum of 14 days from the date of completing the customs declaration in accordance with the payment mechanism.

  • The service fees can also be accessed directly on their website through the Attestation Guide.


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