Guide to Sending Parcels to Qatar

Qatar is shaped like a fingernail and sticks strategically into the Persian Gulf. For centuries it was the centre of the pearl and purple dye trade, but today, Qatar's Doha is the home of futuristic skyscrapers and ultramodern architecture.

As you would expect, modern e-commerce is also thriving in Qatar, and is expected to more than double by 2022 just as Qataris host the 2022 FIFA World Cup. With English a common business language and money to spend, shipping parcels to Qatar couldn't look better.

Information for this page was taken from Qatar's General Authority of Customs and Ministry of Public Health.

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Easy Tracking Information

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Full tracking information for parcels to Qatar is available with Secureship
Tracking #:780123123123
Tel: 1-800-463-3339
Signed By: Pikwalia @ Residence
Jun 28, 2021
8:49 am
Al Ghanim, AG, QA
Delivered
Jun 27, 2021
7:18 am
Abu Thaylah, AT, QA
In transit
Jun 26, 2021
9:03 pm
Abu az Zuluf, AZ, QA
International Clearance
Jun 26, 2021
8:14 am
Doha, DO, QA
In transit
Jun 26, 2021
12:17 am
Toronto, ON, CA
In transit
Jun 25, 2021
4:30 pm
Ottawa, ON, CA
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Disclaimer!

While we have made every effort to ensure that the information on this page is accurate, Customs laws and procedures change regularly so it is important to consult a licensed broker in Qatar before shipping any goods.

Types of Shipments

Not all types of shipments are created equal. Shipping a television will require different paperwork, duties, and taxes than shipping an accounting statement, for example.
Shipping Documents Only Image to Qatar

Documents Only

Qatar accepts shipments of documents without a commercial invoice providing the package weighs 5 kg or less.

The following are considered to be document shipments:

  • Bids
  • Diplomas
  • Driver's licence
  • Visa applications

The following items may be shipped to Qatar as documents if they abide by the restriction shown.

Item Restriction
Airline tickets Must be validated
Annual reports Only if for the use of shareholders or company personnel
Brochures Only for intercompany use or if they have no commercial value
Business cards Maximum of 15 cards
Cheques Must be personalised
Credit cards Only if personalised in the name of the card holder
Event tickets for concerts, football (soccer) matches, and stage performances Maximum shipment limit of 5 kg Cannot be sent from a printing company to an event organiser or ticket sales office
Examination papers Shipment limit of 25 kg
Gift cards Maximum of 10 cards per package
Greeting cards and invitations Only if personalised
Manuals Only if technical and in a quantity that is appropriate for the intended use
Negatives, slides, and printing films Only if being sent to a publishing or press agency and the value does not include other charges (for e.g., press or editorial)
Newsletters Only if they are an intercompany shipment and have no commercial value
Newspapers Only for non-commercial use
Stationery Only personalised and in a quantity suitable for non-commercial use
Traveller's cheques Only if personalised

Sources:
https://www.ups.com/ga/CountryRegs?loc=en_US

Shipping Gifts to Qatar

Shipping Gifts

No info found on shipping gifts specifically. Maybe we can add that incoming parcels and personal mailings whose value does not exceed 1000 riyals are exempted from customs duties.

There is no exemption for gift shipments to Qatar. All gift parcels shipped from Canada will incur duty and taxes.

Shipments from Individual-to-Individual

A gift shipment from an individual in Canada to an individual in Qatar will incur duty and taxes. There are no exemptions.

Shipments from Business-to-Business

A business in Canada cannot ship a gift to a business in Qatar without duty and taxes being incurred.

Shipments from Business-to-Individual

Shipments of a gift from a Canadian business to an individual in Qatar will have duty and taxes levied on it. There are no exemptions.


Gift Checklist
  • A commercial invoice must be included with your shipment
  • The words 'Gift Shipment' or 'Unsolicited Gift' are included on the commercial invoice, even if the shipment is sent at Christmas time (see sample)
  • List the items in the parcel and write the value of each
  • Sending more than one gift in the parcel? Wrap and tag each one individually.

Sample Commercial Invoice for Gifts

Ship To Invoice
Mohamed Al-Fakhro
1 Al Corniche St.
Doha
Qatar

Phone: +974 4442 0028
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Personal Shipment / Gift Shipment

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 25 Jun 2021
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Gift Shipment: LEGO Star Wars Rebel UWing Fighter, 659 piece set

CA $79.99
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Gifts
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $79.99
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge


Multiple Gifts in One Shipment

If your shipment contains multiple gifts, be sure to wrap and tag each one separately.

Sample Commercial Invoice for Gifts

Ship To Invoice
Mohamed Al-Fakhro
1 Al Corniche St.
Doha
Qatar

Phone: +974 4442 0028
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Unsolicited Gift: Consolidated Gift Package

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 25 Jun 2021
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Gift - Roger: LEGO Star Wars Rebel UWing Fighter, 659 piece set

CA $39.99
1 Each Gift - Erica: Handwoven French Canadian Catalogne Blanket

CA $49.99
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Gifts
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $89.98
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge

Sources:
https://www.ups.com/ga/CountryRegs?loc=en_US


Shipping personal effects/belongings to Qatar

Shipping Personal Effects

You can ship your personal effects from Canada to Qatar exempt from duty charges providing:

  • Household appliances and furniture are used
  • Clothing and other personal items are only for the use of individual or his or her family
  • The amount of goods is appropriate for the size of family moving to the country
  • The goods arrive in Qatar within 6 months of the goods' owner arrival

Moving Temporarily

Students

There is no information at this time regarding students moving temporarily to Qatar.


Non-Students

Canadians who move temporarily to Qatar may ship their personal effect duty-free if they abide by the conditions listed below:

  • The individual has a residence permit allowing them to work in Qatar
  • The term of work in Qatar is a minimum of 1 year
  • Their furniture, appliances, and clothing are used
  • The amount of goods being imported is suitable to the family's size
  • The belongs will not be sold or otherwise disposed of for a minimum of 1 year
  • The personal effects arrive within 6 months of the individual's arrival in Qatar

Moving Permanently

Qatari nationals may ship their personal effects duty-free from Canada when returning to Qatar to live permanently.

This exemption is granted if the conditions below are followed:

  • The person has lived in Canada for a minimum of 3 years
  • The goods arrive in Qatar within 6 months of the owner returning to live there
  • Personal goods and clothing are only for the use of individual or his or her family
  • The amount of items is consistent to the size of family moving to the country
  • Household furniture and appliances are used

NOTE:
The exemption may only be used once unless the individual leaves Qatar for a minimum of 3 years.

Personal Effects Checklist
  • A commercial invoice must be included with your shipment
  • Commercial invoice must clearly indicate 'Personal Effects' (see sample)
  • A detailed description of each item is provided
  • For returning Qatari citizens, proof that they have lived in Canada for at least 3 years
  • For a Canadian citizen moving temporarily, a residence permit allowing him or her to work for a period of at least 1 year

Sources:
https://www.customs.gov.qa/English/PassengersIndividualsPortal/Pages/IndividualsPersonalHousehold.aspx
https://www.customs.gov.qa/English/PassengersIndividualsPortal/Pages/Residence_Exemption.aspx
https://www.customs.gov.qa/English/PassengersIndividualsPortal/Pages/Qatari_Residing_Abroad_Exemption.aspx
https://www.customs.gov.qa/English/Procedures/UnifiedGuide/Pages/Exemptions.aspx

Sample Commercial Invoice for Personal Effects

Ship To Invoice
Mohamed Al-Fakhro
1 Al Corniche St.
Doha
Qatar

Phone: +974 4442 0028
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Personal effects being delivered to my new address.

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 25 Jun 2021
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
5 Pairs Personal Effects: 5 pairs of various types of shoes

IN $40.00
1 Each Personal Effects: Arc'terix Winter Jacket

CA $478.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Personal Effects
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $678.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Shipping Food, Chocolate, Candies to Qatar

Food, Chocolate, Candies

Food stuff for personal use may be shipped to Qatar from Canada providing they are packaged in unopened, commercial containers.

You May Ship

  • Food samples destined for seasonal exhibitions and festivals

Do Not Ship

  • Pork or any pig products
  • Foods that do not follow Halal practices or are forbidden by Sharia law

Food, Chocolate, Candies Checklist
  • Clearly indicate 'Food' on the commercial invoice in the General Description or Remarks section (see sample)
  • Ensure that your food, chocolate, or candies may be imported into the country
  • You are not shipping commercial quantities (for any duty & tax exemption)
  • Check with your carrier that they will accept food shipments

Sources:
https://www.customs.gov.qa/English/Procedures/Guide-to-Clearance-of-Imported-Goods/Pages/Chapter1.aspx

Sample Commercial Invoice for Food, Chocolate, Candies

Ship To Invoice
Mohamed Al-Fakhro
1 Al Corniche St.
Doha
Qatar

Phone: +974 4442 0028
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Food Shipment - Assorted chocolate bars in their original manufacturer's packaging

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 25 Jun 2021
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Box Nestle Chocolate Bars in original packaging expiring May 2021 (shelf life of 6 months or longer)

CA $20.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Permanent / Sold
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $20.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Shipping Promotional Material to Qatar

Samples

Samples are shipped to secure sales and advertise products.

Commercial samples may be shipped to Qatar from Canada duty and tax free Providing:

  • They are distributed free of charge
  • They are clearly a sample for display
  • They are of little value and cannot be mistaken for a commercial quantity
  • The quantity and value of the shipment is appropriate for the size of the exhibition
  • Food and beverages are given away in individual quantities, i.e., not as packages

NOTE:
When food or beverage samples are being displayed at an event and distributed for consumption:

  • A health certificate accompanies the shipment
  • The item is labelled 'Free Sample'
  • The goods cannot be sold after the exhibition or festival

Commercial Sample Checklist
  • A Commercial Invoice must be included with your shipment
  • Clearly indicate 'Commercial Samples' on the commercial invoice in the General Description & Detailed Description of Goods (see sample)
  • The item shipped has tearing, perforation, slashing, defacing, or has permanent marking clearing indicating the item as commercial sample

Sources:
https://www.customs.gov.qa/English/Legislations/Documents/Agreements/13-the%20Istanbul%20Convention%20for%20the%20Temporary%20Admission.pdf

Sample Commercial Invoice for Commercial Sample

Ship To Invoice
Mohamed Al-Fakhro
1 Al Corniche St.
Doha
Qatar

Phone: +974 4442 0028
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Commercial Sample - Not for Resale

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 25 Jun 2021
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Box Commercial Sample - Advanced reading copy of Dan Brown's novel.

CA $20.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Commercial Sample
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $20.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Sending Promotional material to Qatar

Advertising Material

Advertising material in the form of printed matter may be shipped duty-free providing it is distributed without charge.

Examples of eligible items include:

  • Calendars
  • Catalogues
  • Posters
  • Price lists
  • Unframed photographs

Other types of goods shipped as advertising may also enter Qatar duty-free as a temporary import providing they are shipped in a quantity appropriate to the purpose and size of the event.

Items for display at exhibitions, meetings, trade fairs, etc. may stay in Qatar for up to 6 months. Please see Temporary Imports for details.


Advertising Material Checklist
  • Commercial invoice must clearly indicate 'Promotional Material - Not for Resale' (see sample)
  • A detailed description of each item is provided
  • Be sure to abide by the rules mentioned above

Sources:
https://www.customs.gov.qa/English/Legislations/Documents/Agreements/13-the%20Istanbul%20Convention%20for%20the%20Temporary%20Admission.pdf#search=repairs

Sample Commercial Invoice for Promotional Material

Ship To Invoice
Mohamed Al-Fakhro
1 Al Corniche St.
Doha
Qatar

Phone: +974 4442 0028
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Promotional Material - Not for Resale

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 25 Jun 2021
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Promotional Material: Not for Resale. Product pamphlets to hand out at trade show.

CA $163.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Promotional Material
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $163.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Have your goods warranty repaired in Qatar

Repairs

Equipment that was repaired in Canada will incur duty and taxes on the value of the repair when it re-enters Qatar providing they return within 1 year of leaving Qatar.

Items Under Warranty

Equipment under warranty sent to Qatar for repairs will be exempt from GST when it returns to Canada.

Items No Longer Under Warranty

If an item is sent to Qatar for repairs and is no longer under warranty, GST will be charged. GST will be applied to the value of the repair work plus any parts added for the repair, and on any duties charged.

Sending Product for Repair to Qatar

Equipment shipped to Qatar from Canada for repair may enter as a temporary import, and will be exempt from duty and taxes.

The goods must be returned to Canada within 1 year of their arrival in Qatar.

Returning Repaired Product to Qatar

Equipment that was repaired in Canada will incur duty and taxes on the value of the repair when it re-enters Qatar.


Repair Checklist
  • Commercial invoice must clearly indicate 'REPAIR & RETURN' under the General Description or Remarks, and include the estimated time of return (see sample)
  • Include repair contract with shipment
  • Serial or product number and the cost of repairs should be indicated under the Detailed Description of Goods section
  • Include the original shipping documents or tracking number from when the item was first exported to Qatar or exported to Canada (depending on which case applies)
  • A commercial invoice must be included with your shipment

Sources:
https://www.customs.gov.qa/English/Legislations/Laws/CustomsLaw/Pages/Part8.aspx

Sample Commercial Invoice for Warranty Repair

Ship To Invoice
Mohamed Al-Fakhro
1 Al Corniche St.
Doha
Qatar

Phone: +974 4442 0028
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Repair and Return - Watch being sent for repair

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 25 Jun 2021
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Fossil Watch being sent for repair - Model E5, serial # 789456FG7E2 - Repair Cost $76.00

US $163.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Warranty Repair
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $163.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Temporary Imports / Exports for shipments to Qatar

Temporary Imports

Temporary imports may enter Qatar from Canada exempt from duty and taxes providing they stay in the country no longer than 1 year.

Items that can benefit from this exemption include:

  • Equipment for a stage production or fair
  • Commercial samples put on display at an exhibition, meeting, or trade fair
  • Equipment and machinery for repair

Qualifying for Duty & Tax Free Temporary Import

In order to import your goods duty and tax free into Qatar, you can pick from Option 1 or 2 of the Temporary Import Methods listed below.

Each option has its pros and cons. Regardless, each of the following methods requires you to complete a commercial invoice. More details below

Option # Temporary Import Method Risk of paying
1 Commercial Invoice Only (no other documentation is provided) High - if broker cannot clear goods temporarily
2 Commercial Invoice
+
ATA Carnet
Very Low


1. Complete a Commercial Invoice (CI) only


This is the simplest and quickest option. See example.

NOTE: You should be aware that shipping using this method doesn't guarantee that your items will be imported duty/tax free. Not all brokers will clear goods as temporary imports (i.e. UPS, FedEx, DHL) nor is it a guarantee that customs won't charge any duties and taxes.



2. Commercial Invoice (CI) + an ATA Carnet

Completing an ATA Carnet is great option for items that frequently travel in and out of the country. It's also great because once you have an ATA Carnet, it is accepted by 176 countries worldwide making the application process a one-time thing.

In addition to declaring your commercial invoice as a temporary import, you can get an ATA Carnet for the items that are of temporary nature.

ATA Carnets are beyond the scope of the article however, you can find more information here: http://www.chamber.ca/carnet/

NOTE: It is highly recommended to get an ATA Carnet for items that frequently travel in and out of the country and especially so when it is valued over $2,500 USD


In addition to choosing option 1 or 2, the following conditions must also be met in order to qualify for a duty and VAT free exemption:

  • The goods arrive and leave in the same condition, i.e. they undergo no repairs nor are they used in manufacturing
  • Stay no longer than 2 years in Qatar

NOTES:

  • If the above conditions are not followed, duties and taxes will be charged as though the goods have been imported permanently.
  • Your Customs broker can clear goods of a temporary nature (FedEx, UPS, DHL, etc. typically cannot clear goods of temporary nature)


Temporary Imports Checklist
  • Commercial Invoice clearly stating 'Temporary Import'. This must be written in the General Description section and the Detailed Description of Goods. (see sample)
  • The goods arrive and leave in the same condition, i.e. they undergo no repairs nor are they used in manufacturing
  • Stay no longer than the period listed above
  • Include your ATA Carnet with your shipment (if applicable)
  • Include the expected return date or the date that it was originally received within the country (whichever applies)
  • Any above listed items not listed in this checklist

Sources:
https://www.customs.gov.qa/English/Procedures/UnifiedGuide/Pages/PendingCustomsDuties.aspx

 

Sample Commercial Invoice for Temporary Imports

Ship To Invoice
Mohamed Al-Fakhro
1 Al Corniche St.
Doha
Qatar

Phone: +974 4442 0028
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Temporary Imports - Trade show booth and display equipment returning Jan 2020

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 25 Jun 2021
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 box Temporary Imports - Trade show booth and display equipment

CA $1032.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Temporary Imports
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $1032.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Permanent Goods / Sold To an individual or business within Qatar

Permanent/Sold Goods

Parcel shipments to Qatar from Canada are generally exempt from duty charges up to the value of QAR 1,000 (about $345 CAD).

Be sure to check the Prohibited and Restricted Goods section before shipping a parcel to Qatar.

Occasional Shipper

If you occasionally ship sold goods to Qatar, a shipment is exempt from a duty charge if its value is QAR 1,000 or less (about $345 CAD). Most items over this amount will incur a duty rate of 5%.

Regular shipper

If you regularly ship sold goods to Qatar from Canada, we recommend the use of a licenced Qatari customs broker.

Sources:
https://www.customs.gov.qa/English/Legislations/Laws/CustomsLaw/Pages/Part2.aspx
https://www.customs.gov.qa/English/PassengersIndividualsPortal/Pages/IndividualsExemption.aspx

Sample Commercial Invoice for Permanent/Sold Goods

Ship To Invoice
Mohamed Al-Fakhro
1 Al Corniche St.
Doha
Qatar

Phone: +974 4442 0028
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Permanent/Sold: Parts and accessories for Canon B78n camera

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 25 Jun 2021
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
15 Each Camera Lenses: Canon EF 50mm, Canon EF 85mm & wide-angle lenses.

CA $132.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Permanent/Sold
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $1980.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge

Required Documents


Shipping packages internationally requires a lot of documentation. This process alone can be confusing and time-consuming. So we’ve narrowed down what documents you might need and ranked them based on likeliness of being needed.

Document Type When? Details
Shipping Label / Bill of Lading Always required This is a label provided by the carrier (UPS, FedEx, DHL, etc.). Always required because the carrier needs to know the parcel's destination.
Commercial Invoice Required for all non-document shipments
For all non-document shipments, you will require 3 copies of the commercial invoice (to be included with your shipping labels - These are for customs purposes and need to be included inside a document pouch outside of the box.

When creating a shipment through the Secureship website, the system will help you create this document automatically.

B13a Required if value exceeds $2,000 per shipment or is a controlled good
A B13a is required if your shipment exceeds $2000 CAD or is a controlled good

Learn more about the B13a form here.
Certificate of Origin (COO) Infrequently required

Allows a reduced or zero-rated import duty.
Canada has a preferential trade agreement with Qatar. A COO proves that an item has been produced, manufactured or processed in Canada.

When an item with a COO is imported into Qatar, it will incur a reduced or zero-rated import duty.
Certificate of Insurance (COI) Infrequently required

Shows that the shipment has been insured.
Banks may request a certificate of insurance when providing letters of credit for the goods. Otherwise, it is generally your choice whether to purchase insurance for the shipment.
ATA Carnet Infrequently required

Used to avoid duties and taxes on shipments of temporary nature.
If you ship goods of temporary nature to and from a country, you can obtain an ATA Carnet to expedite the customs clearance process and ensure that anything of temporary nature is not charged duties and taxes.

See Temporary import section
Packaging List Infrequently required Required if value exceeds $2,000 per shipment or is a controlled good.
Packing list Infrequently required

No specific form is required, but generally includes information regarding:

  • The exporter, importer and transport company
  • Date of issue
  • Number of freight invoice
  • Type and number of packages
  • Contents of each package
  • Marks and numbers
  • Net weight, gross weight and measurements of each package

Prohibited & Restricted Imports


Prohibited items may not enter Qatar while those deemed restricted may enter but must abide to quantity limits or other rules.

Prohibited Items

  • Drugs and narcotics
  • Weapons, ammunition, and explosives
  • Immoral or obscene material in any format
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Pork and pig meat products
  • Any item from Israel including any goods made with Israeli parts

Restricted Goods

  • Perfumes and cosmetic   products
  • Children's toys
  • Food and drink packaging
    made from foam, plastic, or paper
  • Electric devices
  • Foodstuffs
  • Medications and pharmaceuticals

Sources:
https://www.customs.gov.qa/English/PassengersIndividualsPortal/Pages/IndividualsImporting.aspx
https://www.moph.gov.qa/_layouts/download.aspx?SourceUrl=/Admin/Lists/PublicationsAttachments/Attachments/76/food%20Importers%20guide%20ENG%20online-oct09-2017.pdf
https://www.customs.gov.qa/English/Media/Pages/FAQ.aspx

Duty & Taxes

The state of Qatar uses the CIF value of a shipment to calculate the customs duty owed, i.e., the sum of the customs value plus insurance charges plus freight fees.

CIF Value = Customs Value + Insurance Amount + Freight Costs

By knowing the CIF value of a shipment, you will be able to predict the amount of duty the recipient will have to pay.


Thresholds

The duty threshold of shipments to QATAR is QAR 1,000 (about $345 CAD). This means parcels below this value will not incur duty. The threshold is also called the de minimis value.


Currency Qatar Riyal QAR
Duty Exemption (De minimis Value) QAR 1,000 (about $345 CAD)
Duty Calculation Method CIF
TAX (VAT) 5%
Tax Exemption
(De minimis Value)
Unknown
Tax Calculation Method CIF

Duties on Imports

Qatar is expected to start charging a VAT of 5% on imports in 2021.


Excise Taxes

The following items will incur an excise tax of 100%:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tobacco products
  • Energy drinks

  • Candy5%
  • Chocolate0%
  • Spirits and Wines100%
  • Tobacco100%
  • Books0%
  • Documents0%
  • Video Games & Consoles5%
  • Computers & Laptops0%
  • Tablets0%
  • Mobiles0%
  • Cameras5%
  • Accessories for Electronics0%
  • Coats5%
  • Beauty Products & Cosmetics5%
  • Jewellery5%
  • Shirts & Pants5%
  • Home Appliances5%
  • Toys5%
  • Sports Equipment5%

Qatar Shipping Insurance


You can purchase insurance through Secureship and it is provided by the carrier that will be transporting your shipment.

Each carrier will charge a different amount per $100 of declared insurance. If you indicate that you need insurance for your shipment our system will automatically include the insurance costs for your shipment.

Insurance is great to have in case your package is accidentally lost or damaged by the carrier. But be careful, not everything you ship is insurable. Worse - even if your package contains items that are insurable, if it doesn’t meet the ISTA 3A packaging standard, the insurance purchased through the carrier would not be available to you.

Here are some items that cannot be insured by the carrier:

  • Personal belongings
  • Antiques
  • Artwork
  • Liquids (including alcohol)
  • Television
  • Jewellery in excess of $500
  • Perishable goods
  • Glass or Ceramic
  • And many more items

For more information, please see the carrier's terms and conditions.

Questions about Shipping to Qatar



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