The General Administration of Customs in Abu Dhabi announced a resolution on July 26th regarding an e-commerce policy that will be effective from August 15th, 2021, as part of the Abu Dhabi government’s strategy for digital transformation targeting enhancing Abu Dhabi’s position as a regional and global logistics area as well as keeping up with UAE’s march for the next fifty years.
The e-commerce policy has been drafted to facilitate the movement of trade in all its forms, notably of an electronic nature, in a manner that contributes to enhancing the investment environment, plus attracting more investments to Abu Dhabi, which has been viewed as a global centre for trade.
In application of the new e-commerce policy, the General Administration of Customs in Abu Dhabi aims to provide a competitive investment environment that integrates with the private sector, simplify customs procedures, regulate the movement of personal goods via e-commerce channels subject to customs procedures in force and legislation relative to this vital sector, supported by a comprehensive digital transformation strategy applied in Abu Dhabi Customs motivated by inaugurating several qualitative projects in this connection.
Provisions of the e-commerce policy shall be applied to the goods imported and exported by firms to distribution centres in the domestic market and the corporations operate in the free zone or UAE customs bonded warehouses in addition to import of goods stored in distribution centres for consumption in the local market established in the free zone or customs warehouses via electronic platforms.
The provisions of the policy shall also be applied to exports of goods from distribution centres by the companies operate in the local market to GCCs and other countries of the world, in addition to exports of goods from the local market to distribution centres in the free zone or “bonded warehouses” as well as goods’ exports from distribution centres operate in the Free zone or customs warehouses to GCCs and across the globe.
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