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Moving to Qatar


Capital: Doha
Population: 2,155,446 (2014)
Area: 4,467.6 sq. mi
Top 5 Largest Cities: 1. Doha 2. Al Rayyan 3. Umm Salal 4. Al Khor 5. Al Wakrah
Lanuage: Arabic
Climate: Subtropical dry and dry
Motto: “Dawlat Qatar” / “State of Qatar”

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Required Documents for Import

To assist clearing your household goods, documents are very important to Customs. Below you will find some of the needed documents.

Import Declaration – A document stating the household goods being shipped.

Certificate of Origin – Gives verification of which country your household goods are manufactured in.

Import Requirements and Documentation

Customs will need certain documentation of you and your shipment to clear your items. Please take a look below at some of the documentations you may need to present to Customs.

  • Your Visa
  • A copy of your Passport
  • Your Residence Permit
  • Local Sponsor letter
  • 2 copies of your Detailed Inventory
  • Your Bill of Lading
  • Your Packing List in English
  • Power of Attorney
  • A letter from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs if you are a Diplomat
  • Your Residence Permit Visa including the page of Entry Stamp obtained prior to the arrival of your items

Additional detailed document requirements

  • You must be physically present in Qatar during your clearance.
  • Your documents need to arrive to Customs no more than 5 days prior to your shipment arrival.
  • If any of your items are used, they are subjected to inspection by Customs.
  • All prints, records, pictures, tapes, films, books, slides, videos, CD’s computer software, movies, etc. must be packed separately for censorship and confiscation.
  • Keep all travel bags and luggage unlocked.
  • Used goods valuing $800.00 USD or more are charged duties.
  • Custom clearance can take 3 to 4 business days starting from the receipt of your documents.

The Examination of Household Goods and Entry Documents

Once your household goods have arrived in Qatar along with your documents, both are subjected to examination by Customs. A CBP officer will examine your household goods to determine the value, correct markings, proper invoicing, existence of prohibited items, damages, deterioration and illegal narcotics. It’s important to assure all items are properly described and accounted for to avoid any delays or seizure of items. Once your items are approved for release, they are safeguarded by the proper officers.

Duty and Taxes

Once your household goods (HHGS) are inspected, duties and taxes will be accumulated. You must plan to reside in Qatar form no less than a year. Customs duty for most items will be 5% of the value of goods estimated. This is determined by the Customs Valuation Committee. Alcohol is taxed 100% and any tobacco or cigarettes will be charged 150%. There will also be a legalization fee of $175.00 USD.

Duty-free Items

Below are the items you can import into Qatar duty-free.

  • 400 cigarettes
  • $823.87 USD of gifts and personal items

Labeling and Marking Requirements

The correct labeling and markings are very important for Customs. Each mark and label should be in the English language. Please take a look below to discover the marking and labeling requirements.

  • The name and address of the importer
  • The country of Origin
  • Clearly numbered in reflection of the inventory list
  • The quantity

Prohibited Items

Customs agents will pay close attention to prohibited items for the sake of the people and the land. Below, you will find some of the prohibited items.

  • Narcotics
  • Idols
  • Electronic cigarettes
  • Obscene articles, publications, videos and/or software’s
  • Explosives
  • Wireless transmitters
  • Lithium metal batteries
  • Ivory
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Cash letters
  • Ammunition
  • Negotiable bonds and drafts
  • Weapons
  • Products of pork
  • Military equipment
  • Israeli currency
  • Communication equipment
  • Ivory
  • Flammable and explosive items
  • Firearms
  • Negative political materials

Restricted Items

It’s very important to import the proper amount of restricted items into Qatar. Take a look below at some of the items and its restrictions.

  • Firearms will need special permission from the Ministry of Defense in Qatar.
  • Medicine, foods and cosmetics will require permission from the Ministry of Health.
  • Toys and automotive spare parts will need special permission from the Qatar General Organization for Standards and Metrology.
  • Computer equipment will need a separate clearance procedure.
  • New furniture must have a Certificate of Origin or the invoice.
  • Books, newspaper and brochures must gain permission from the Ministry of Culture, Arts & Heritage and the Department of Censorship.

Receiving your Household Goods

The liability for duties are paid once Customs has cleared your shipment for release. There are no options of prepaid duties or taxes prior to exportation from a foreign country. Once your shipment is filed with CBP, the party and only the party listed as the receiver can pick up the shipment. If household goods are warehoused, the party of liability can be changed to another party, most whom purchased the goods. The Customs broker cannot pay duties, but can accept a check written out to the Customs and Border Protection to forward. Once items are received, all articles are deemed owned by the receiver and no longer in ownership of the CBP.

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