Keep up-to-date with country specific logistics and shipping news.
Shipments during Ramadan
Ramadan is expected to start in the second week of May (anticipated around 5th May – TBC). Due to shorter working hours during this period, 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 Eid is expected at custom borders. For land freight, we expect an increase in lead times by:
- 7-10 days: Bahrain, 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 22nd May. Land freight will then resume on the first working day after Eid Al Fitr holiday which is expected to be on 4-6th June.
GCC VAT in GCC countries
From 1st January 2018, a value-added tax (VAT) at the rate of 5 % has been implemented on shipments into any GCC country. As such and regardless of Incoterms, the buyer will be liable for any such VAT in addition to the amount stated in your quotation. Please note that VAT is excluded from Workz quotation prices.
For additional insight from The Ministry of Finance on the new rules surrounding VAT in the UAE, follow this link.
Please contact your account manager for further information on how this impacts your Workz shipments.
There is currently still no direct freight service available from the UAE to Qatar due to the recent embargo imposed by the UAE and other countries. Mar 2019