What is the HS Code? And why is it important?

The World Customs Organization created the Harmonized System (HS) as a multifunctional worldwide product classification that classifies all goods that may be traded internationally. The proper HS code, sometimes referred to as an HTS code, must be declared in order for commodities to successfully traverse international borders. The relevant duty and tax rate that must be paid on the item is determined by this code.

The HS Code system bases its local country classification on a globally recognized 6-digit number. 5,300 article or product descriptions that show as “headings” and “subheadings” may be found in the HS. Although in fact disagreements can occur, in theory all nations utilizing the HS agreement should classify a specific product with the same HS division, chapter, heading, and subheading.

What is a Bill of Lading (BOL)?

A bill of lading is standard, required paperwork that provides all key information about shipping costs and news to the carrier and driver. This paperwork enables the shipping company to process proper billing. The BOL should be available to all parties involved (shipper, receiver, and carrier). The BOL must be presented to the carrier at the time of pick-up. The BOL must be presented to the carrier at the time of pick-up.

Where can I get packaging supplies? / Where can I purchase packaging materials?

Packaging materials are available at any home improvement or parcel shipping store. GCC Cargo Service can assist you in purchasing packaging materials and delivering them to your door.

How can I import products to Dubai?

  • Certificate of origin
  • Declaration form for the import of goods
  • Permit in the case of importing restricted merchandise
  • Delivery order
  • Invoices accompanying the merchandise
  • Health certificates (for foodstuffs with preparation of the approval of the Municipal Department of some countries).
  • Packing list
  • Trade license
  • DFSA declaration (the document is granted by the Dubai Customs Services)

What are the documents required to import cars to the UAE and Arab countries?

The following documents are required to import cars into the UAE and Arab countries:

  • Purchase invoice.
  • Certificate of export.
  • Bill of Lading
  • Delegation of NOC

What are the documents required to export personal shipments from the UAE to other countries?

  • A copy of the passport, residence or personal identity of the consignee.
  • A copy of the passport and identity of the recipient.
  • Full address of sender, recipient and contact numbers
  • Proforma Invoice

What are the documents required to export commercial shipments from the UAE to other countries?

  • Commercial invoice.
  • Packing statement.
  • Certificate of origin.
  • Authorization of the clearance office in the land border.

Documents required to ship car on temporary and permanent basis from Dubai

The documents required to ship a car from Dubai on a temporary or permanent basis may vary depending on the destination country and the shipping company. However, some general documents required are:

  • Original vehicle registration card (also known as “Mulkiya”)
  • Valid UAE driving license of the owner
  • Passport copy of the owner
  • Export certificate from the Road and Transport Authority (RTA) of Dubai
  • Customs clearance certificate from Dubai Customs
  • Bill of lading (for permanent export only)
  • Insurance certificate (for permanent export only)
  • Import permit from the destination country (for permanent export only)
  • Payment of any outstanding fines, debts or loans on the vehicle (for permanent export only)

It’s important to note that the requirements may differ for different countries, so it’s best to check with the shipping company and the embassy of the destination country for specific requirements.

How to ship gold from Dubai?

Shipping gold from Dubai involves certain legal and logistical requirements that must be met. Here are the general steps involved in shipping gold from Dubai:


  • Obtain the necessary permits and licenses: To ship gold from Dubai, you need to obtain a permit from the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) and a license from the Dubai Gold and Jewellery Group (DGJG). These permits and licenses are required to ensure that the gold being shipped is legitimate and not connected to any criminal activity.


  • Choose a reliable shipping company: Choose a reputable and experienced shipping company that specializes in the transportation of precious metals. The shipping company should have the necessary insurance and security measures in place to protect the gold during transportation.


  • Package the gold securely: The gold should be packaged in a secure and tamper-evident container or package. Use a sturdy box, tape it securely and clearly label it.


  • Obtain the necessary documentation: You will need to obtain the necessary documents such as the DMCC permit, DGJG license, and the invoice for the gold being shipped.


  • Declare the shipment: Declare the shipment to the authorities at the airport and provide all necessary documentation. The authorities may inspect the shipment before allowing it to be loaded onto the plane.


It’s important to note that shipping gold can be a complicated process and may involve significant costs. It’s best to consult with a professional shipping company or a legal expert to ensure that all legal requirements are met and the gold is shipped securely.