Exporting from the UAE to the US

US-UAE Trade Promotion And Compliance Portal

Resources for New Importers

into the United States



vFirst Time Importer?

Consider the following UAE and US Government tools and resources to help provide information on exporting from the UAE for importation into the United States.

U.S.  Government Resources

vU.S. Customs and Border Protection publishes a number

of helpful resources for new importers.  Among the most useful

for any new importer:   

ØA detailed Guide For Commercial Importers that includes topical discussions on the various requirements for entering merchandise into the United States. 

ØTips For New Importers and Exporters

ØAn Online Library of “Informed Compliance Publications” on various topics related to customs compliance.


vThe U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) maintains a list of Foreign Resources for Small Businesses on Importing Goods

UAE Government Resources

vThe Abu Dhabi Government web site maintains an information page on Exporting From Abu Dhabi

vThe Dubai Export Development Corporation web site provides information and resources to assist exporters from the UAE with accessing foreign markets.   The site includes sections on Export Support Services and an Export Information Center.


vInvesting in the United States?

Select USA

vThe U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration administers a newly-created U.S. Government initiative to promote foreign direct investment in the United States.  The Department’s Invest in America web site provides information on this initiative and the related services offered by the Commerce Department to facilitate potential foreign direct investor inquiries.

Minimizing Customs Duties Through Foreign Trade Zones 

vAs within the UAE, potential investors in the United States can take advantage of favorable customs treatment afforded to certain manufacturing and related activities conducted in Foreign Trade Zones.  The U.S. Department of Commerce Foreign Trade Zones Board web site contains an interactive map of all U.S. Foreign Trade Zones

Special Investor Visa

vThe U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s EB-5 Visa for Immigrant Investors is a program that provides an expedited path for obtaining a green card for investors who meet certain investment criteria and who plan to reside in the United States to manage their investments.  To qualify, investors must generally invest at least $1 million and create a minimum of 10 jobs.  However, investment thresholds can be as low as $500,000 for investments in certain designated areas with high unemployment rates.



U.S. Import/Inbound Investment Regulatory Compliance



vU.S. Customs Laws

Importers in to the United States must ensure that they comply with the requirements of applicable U.S. customs laws, including 


wProper classification and valuation of imported merchandise;

wSpecial programs that impact duties and taxes;

wLicensing, permitting, or other additional requirements for special types of merchandise;

wProper documentation and recordkeeping.


For more information on economic sanctions and embargoes, please refer to the Summary of U.S. Customs Laws and the other resources listed at the right.


U.S.  Customs Laws

vU.S. Customs and Border Protection, an agency of the Department of Homeland Security, has primary responsibility for regulating imports into the United States. 

ØSummary of U.S. Customs Laws and Regulations governing imports into the United States.

ØGo to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection web site for more information on U.S. customs laws and regulations


vNational Security Review of Foreign Direct Investment In The United States



National Security Concerns Regarding Foreign Investment In The United States

The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), an inter-agency committee authorized to review transactions that could result in control of a U.S. business by a foreign person, in order to determine the effect of such transactions on the national security of the United States.