Keep up-to-date with country specific logistics and shipping news.
Ramadan is expected to start in the third week of May (anticipated around 15th 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 the holy month 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 6th June. Land freight will then resume on the first working day after Eid Al Fitr holiday which is expected to be on 19-20th June.
GCC VAT in GCC countries
From 1st January 2018, a value-added tax (VAT) at the rate of 5 % will be implemented on shipments into any GCC country. Whilst further details are yet to be announced, it is expected that after 31 December 2017, VAT may be applicable on shipments to our GCC clients. 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 will impact your Workz shipments.
Flights to Erbil and Sulaymaniyah airports will resume from 1st week of April . Apr 2018
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