Keep up-to-date with country specific logistics and shipping news.
Eid Al Adha
Eid Al Adha is expected to start in the last week of August, therefore, public holidays are anticipated around 31st August – 2nd September (TBC). Due to shorter working hours during Ramadan, we foresee shipping delays from Gulf customs and government authorities around this time, particularly, impacting land freight schedules.
Land shipment lead times
Increased traffic prior to the holy month is expected at custom borders. For land freight, we expect an increase in lead times by:
- 5-6 days: Bahrain, Jordan, KSA, and Kuwait
- 3-4 days: Oman
Eid cut-off date:
We recommend all land freight to GCC countries, required to be delivered prior to Eid, to be sent before 23rd August. Land freight will then resume on the first working day after Eid Al Adha holiday which is expected to be on 3rd or 4th of September.
From 1st January 2018, a value-added tax (VAT) rate of 5 % will be implemented on shipments into the GCC countries. May 2017
Sea freight services have been introduced to Umm Qasr Port (Basra) and Basra Airport. February 2017
Importers to Saudi Arabia need to authorise a clearing agent using the Saudi customs e-portal system. March 2017
Attested authorisation letters and RIL documents are no longer mandatory. March 2017
Due to an embargo on shipments air and sea freight services to Libyan ports are currently suspended from UAE. February 2017
From 13th February 2017, duty-exempted shipments will incur an import fee based on their cargo value. This fee is set at 0.5% for air and sea shipments and 1% for land freight. February 2017
There is currently no direct freight service available from the UAE to Qatar due to the recent embargo imposed by the UAE and other countries. July 2017