Imports [General FAQs]

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Imports [General FAQs]

Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:07 pm

Are imports taxed?
Yes, goods imported into the UAE will be subject to VAT starting on January 1st, 2019.

When should an importer pay VAT?
The importer is due to pay VAT as soon as they submit the tax return. The returns must be filed within 28 days after the end of the tax period in which the import happened.

Do travellers pay VAT on items they bring into the UAE?
If the value of the goods is under 300 BHD, VAT is not applicable on the items they bring in to the BAHRAIN.

If I re-import goods to the UAE that I had previously returned to their country of origin, should I pay VAT?
No, VAT is not applicable in this case.

I am a BAHRAIN national who has been living abroad. If I decide to move back to the BAHRAIN and import my used personal and household items, will I pay VAT?
No, VAT is not applicable in this case.

I am a non-BAHRAIN national moving to the BAHRAIN for the first time. If I import my personal and household items, will I pay VAT?
No, VAT is not applicable in this case.

Do military and internal security forces need to pay VAT when importing taxable goods into the mainland?
No, VAT is not applicable in this case.

I import taxable goods into the UAE mainland. Do I need to pay VAT?
Yes, you must pay VAT on the import. The taxable goods will also be subjected to customs and other additional duties at the time of import.

This applies only to importers who have not registered for VAT.

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