Customs Regulations

Posted on 30-Mar-2022

Used Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

•            Copy of passport / visa / residence permit visa with page of entry stamp

•            Packing list (in English)

•            Copy of bill of lading (OBL) / express release or telex release / air waybill (AWB)

•            Letter of employment (NOC)

•            Letter from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (diplomats)

•            Personal authorization letter

•            Original authorization letter in Arabic

 Specific Information

•            The owner of the goods must be in Qatar during Customs clearance.

•            The residence visa must be obtained prior to arrival of the shipment.

•            Documents must be received by agent at least 5 days prior to arrival of the shipment.

•            Customs will inspect all packages.

•            Customs clearance takes approximately 3 - 4 business days from the date of receipt of the original documents required for clearance.

•            Storage or demurrage charges will be billed back to the owner of the goods or agent per the receipt.

•            All sea shipments that arrive at the Doha port after 6 months from the first entry date of the consignee will have a 5% customs duty levied.

•            The Customs duty is 5% of the estimated value of goods determined by the Customs Valuation Committee plus the legalization charges of approximately USD $175.00. Legalization charges will not apply for personal effects import

•            All prohibited articles detained by Customs may be destroyed without consignee's consent.

•            All printed matter, records, films, books, pictures, tapes, slides, movies, videos, compact discs, computer software, etc. are subject to censorship and confiscation (must be packed separately for easy access) if caught with any of these items, customer will be subject to severe penalties and a possible jail term.

•            Travel bags and packages must remain unlocked.

•            All items have to be declared as per the packing list for all FCL/LCL imports. This means that for LCL at least 10 to 15 columns/entries will have to be entered into the customs declaration/bayan.

•            For 20’ at least 20 to 30 columns/entries will have to be entered into the customs declaration/bayan.

•            For 40’ at least 30 to 50 columns/entries will have to be entered into the customs declaration/bayan.

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

•            Proof of ownership at origin

•            Original import manifest

•            Registration certificate

•            Insurance policy

•            Purchase / sales invoice

•            Original bill of lading / air waybill

 Specific Information

•            Vehicles must be Gulf standard and left-hand drive.

•            Automobiles should not be more than 5 years old.<