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Import/Export

United States to Qatar

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Commodity Specific Stipulations

There are special stipulations on the following commodities when shipping to Qatar. If you plan to ship one of the commodities listed below, be sure to adhere to the following stipulations in order to avoid delays and holds at customs.

Any advertising literature pertaining to cigarettes or alcohol is prohibited.
Agricultural materials require approval from the Agricultural Ministry.
Tiles require approval from the Commerce Ministry.
Shipments of audio equipment, video equipment, and parts are subject to screening from the concerned Ministry prior to clearing Customs.
Expect delays in clearing these shipments.
Shipments of communication equipment are subject to screening from the concerned Ministry prior to clearing customs.
Expect delays in clearing these shipments.
Shipments of computers and computer parts are subject to screening from the concerned Ministry prior to clearing Customs.
Expect delays in clearing these shipments.
Shipments of all audio discs and videodiscs are subject to censorship regulations upon importation into Qatar.
Shipments of medicine are subject to screening from the concerned Ministry prior to clearing Customs. Delays will occur in clearing these shipments.
Shipments of films (commercial/promotional/training) are subject to censorship regulations upon importation into Qatar.
Data shipments require an invoice stating the value of the CD-ROM or disk only.
Shipments of medical equipment are subject to screening from the concerned Ministry prior to clearing Customs.
Expect delays in clearing these shipments.
Shipments of medicine are subject to screening from the concerned Ministry prior to clearing Customs.
Expect delays in clearing these shipments.
Architectural drawings/plans/blueprints are considered non-documents by Qatar Customs and are subject to customs duty and tax. The shipper must declare a realistic value on the invoice. Qatar Customs does not accept invoices that declare a low commodity value of "no commercial value." Undervalued amounts will be revalued by Qatar Customs, very often with high valuations and the shipment may be delayed.
Shipments of pamphlets of a non-political nature only are accepted for import into Qatar.
If the shipment is meant for a private individual and the contents are for personal use, then please provide the name of the consignee and do not mention any company name or company address on the airwaybill or invoice or Customs may regard this a a business shipment and assess charges accordingly.

The private importer must provide his Qatar ID for clearance purposes.

Shipments of publications of a non-political nature only are accepted for import into Qatar.
Imports or returned repair items of wireless or radio equipment require a license from the Ministry of Transport and Communications. The consignee must provide the document before Customs clears these items.
Shipments of all tapes (audio, video, or magnetic) are subject to censorship regulations upon importation into Qatar.
Shipments of tiles are subject to screening from the Concerned Ministry in Qatar prior to clearing Customs. Delays will occur in clearing these shipments.
Data shipments require an invoice with the character of the USB stick (storing intercompany data) and the value of the USB Stick.

Prohibited or Restricted Commodities

In addition to the commodities which UPS prohibits to all countries or territories served (listed here), it is prohibited to ship the following commodities to Qatar.

In additional to general restrictions, Biological Substances (UN3373) with/without Dry Ice (UN1845) are allowed on Qatar Airways flights (in courier mode).
Electronic Cigarettes cannot be imported into Qatar-Prohibited.
Goods originating in Israel are prohibited.
Lithium Batteries (except UN3090 and UN3480) are allowed on Qatar Airways flights (in cargo mode only) but requires ALWAYS following documentation:

1-Chamber attested invoice

2-Certificate of Origin

3-MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet)

Excepted quantities are allowed on Qatar Airways flights (in cargo mode only) but requires ALWAYS following documentation:

1-Chamber attested invoice

2-Certificate of Origin

Products made in Iran are prohibited in our service due to a current embargo.
Tobacco and Tobacco Products are prohibited to being imported into Qatar.

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