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Frequently Asked Questions on VAT

Last updated on 28 January, 2019


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How is VAT calculated for imported goods?

VAT is calculated on the value of imported goods as follows:

  • For low-value shipments (less than or equal to custom declared value of AED 1000):

Customs value, Insurance, Freight (CIF) x 5%

  • For high-value consignments (customs declared value exceeds AED 1000):

(Freight (CIF)+ Excise tax + Customs Duty + Customs Fees) x 5%

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