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Customs and import to Dubai

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There is no customs duty payable on personal effects brought into the United Arab Emirates from other countries.

All Emirates countries levy a minimum customs duty of 10% on luxury goods and 4% on other imported goods. In practice, exemptions are made for a wide range of goods and where customs duties are charged, they are often restricted to 1%.

If you choose to import your car into Dubai, you will need an evaluation by a customs official to determine the local market value of the vehicle. The duty payable will be 5% of the value attributed by the expert. Once the duty has been paid, you should apply to the Dubai Traffic Police to register the car and obtain local license plates.

Update 11/09/2006


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