Customs Regulatory Updates – Middle East, Africa

Important customs regulations changes in Middle East, Africa

For: Shippers, Receivers
Shipping: Packages
Effective: January 1, 2024

Moroccan authorities require international business-to-business (B2B) shippers to provide the Moroccan importer’s tax identification number, also known as the Common Company Identifier (ICE), for shipments sent to Morocco.

What you need to know

International businesses must include the Moroccan business receiver’s tax number on customs invoices.

Morocco Customs Authorities   

For: Shippers, Receivers
Shipping: Packages
Effective: February 6, 2023

What you need to know

  • The Namibia Revenue Authority (NamRA) requires a Tax Identification Number (TIN) for all shipments to and from Namibia
  • Namibian citizens and residents must be registered with the NamRA to send and receive shipments
  • Shippers who wish to pay the Namibian Import Customs Duties and Taxes (on behalf of the Receiver) must provide the TIN on the customs invoice
  • Receivers who are responsible for the payment of the Namibian Import Customs Duties and Taxes must provide their TIN directly to DHL Express via email

NamRA  

For: Shippers, Receivers
Shipping: Packages
Effective: January 1, 2023

For shipments to Kenya containing electrical machinery and equipment, the Kenya Anti-Counterfeit Authority requires an import permit (ACA Permit) which states the goods are legitimate (not counterfeit, fake, pirated, etc.).

What you need to know

The application for the ACA Permit can be submitted by either:

  • The Kenyan importer
  • DHL Express on behalf of the Kenyan importer for a service charge

To receive assistance filing for the ACA Permit, call 0711-017120 extension 100 or Email Us.

KenTrade   

For: Shippers, Receivers
Shipping: Packages
Effective: February 1, 2023

United Arab Emirates (UAE) customs authorities require "Attestation" (declaration or proof) of any customs invoice that has a value of AED 10,000 or more.

What you need to know

  • Business-to-Business shipments that include at least one customs invoice with a value of AED 10,000 or more must be submitted for attestation to the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MOFAIC)
  • Either the Shipper or the Receiver may register with UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MOFAIC) and submit customs invoices for attestation
  • Attestation is not required prior to shipment transport. Attestation can be completed either:
    • Before the shipment is given to DHL Express
    • Or, within 14 days after the shipment has been cleared for release by UAE customs

UAE MOFAIC    

For: Shippers, Receivers
Shipping: Packages
Effective: July 1, 2022

Moroccan customs authorities have changed import regulations for ecommerce shipments (products purchased online from a retailer) valued at 125 USD or less.

What you need to know

  • A formal customs declaration is required
  • Duties and taxes will be applied

For: Shippers, Receivers
Shipping: Packages
Effective: February 1, 2022

What you need to know

Tanzanian Revenue Authorities have increased the de minimis value (value threshold under which no duties or taxes are levied) to 50 USD and removed formal entry requirement for De Minimis shipments.

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