The General Administration of Abu Dhabi Customs issued a decision regarding the e-commerce policy, which will be effective starting from August 15 of this year 2021, based on the Abu Dhabi government’s digital transformation strategy aimed at enhancing the emirate’s position as a regional and global logistical area and keeping pace with the UAE’s march for the next fifty years.
Rashid Lahej Al Mansouri, Director General of the General Administration of Customs in Abu Dhabi, said that the e-commerce policy comes in line with the directives of the wise leadership to facilitate the movement of trade in all its forms, especially electronic ones, which contributes to enhancing the investment environment and attracting more investments to the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, which is a global center for trade.
Al Mansouri added that the General Administration of Customs in Abu Dhabi aims, through the new e-commerce policy, to provide a competitive investment environment that integrates with the private sector, simplify customs procedures, and regulate the movement of personal goods through e-commerce channels, taking into account the customs procedures in force and legislation related to this vital sector, which is supported by the digital transformation strategy. Al Shamel in Abu Dhabi Customs by launching several qualitative projects in this regard.
The provisions of the e-commerce policy apply to goods imported and exported by companies, which are the import of goods by companies to distribution centers in the local market and companies in the free zone or customs warehouses “the Bund” in addition to the import of goods for consumption in the local market from goods stored in distribution centers established in the region Free or customs warehouses via electronic platforms.
The provisions of the policy also apply to the exports of goods by companies from distribution centers in the local market to the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council and other countries of the world, in addition to exports of goods from the local market to distribution centers in the free zone or customs warehouses “Bunded” as well as exports of goods from distribution centers in Free zone or customs warehouses to the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council and countries of the world.
The e-commerce policy requires companies to fulfill the registration requirements, as companies wishing to engage in e-commerce activity must register and add the activity in the registration system at the Customs Licensing Department of the General Administration of Abu Dhabi Customs and add the activity in the trade license, while the licensed and registered logistics companies are allowed in the authorized department of companies To clear goods provided that their customers are registered in the Customs Licensing Department.
Also, companies wishing to obtain the privileges mentioned in this policy must obtain a customs registration number, while e-commerce companies must establish distribution centers for goods intended for sale through their electronic platforms so that the conditions of distribution centers are met. Goods for which customs duties have already been paid in distribution centers.
The e-commerce policy identified a set of controls and provisions represented in exempting electronic purchases through sales platforms for companies “goods and imports for personal purposes” whose value does not exceed “1000” dirhams in accordance with the provisions and controls contained in the unified guide to customs procedures in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries for postal parcels and express shipping companies.
The first item excludes tobacco and its derivatives, electronic smoking devices and tools and their accessories, nicotine liquids, alcoholic beverages and food preparations containing alcohol.
Companies are also given the advantage of organizing a unified import declaration for a group of “consolidated data” shipments so that the value of one shipment does not exceed 5 thousand dirhams and not less than 1000 dirhams, and the total value is 50 thousand dirhams for all shipments for one statement, provided that the number of shipments does not exceed 50 shipments, with the exception of This item is a restricted merchandise.
The new electronic commerce policy prohibits the entry of a number of goods into the distribution centers, which are “flammable goods except for fuels, in addition to radioactive materials, military weapons, ammunition and explosives of any kind.”
The policy also prohibits the entry of goods that violate the regulations related to the protection of intellectual, commercial, industrial, literary and artistic property, in addition to drugs of all kinds and their derivatives, in addition to goods originating in a country that has been decided to be economically boycotted, as well as goods prohibited from entering the customs union or in the country of final destination and transit.
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