FCA - UAE,Federal Customs Authority -United Arab Emirates

FCA - UAE,Federal Customs Authority -United Arab Emirates

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         Intellectual Property

        ​Products that infringe upon the Federal Laws on Trademarks (Federal Law No. 37 of 1992 on Trademarks and its amendments) and Copyrights (Federal Law No. 7 of 2002 on Copyrights and related rights) implemented in the UAE are subject to customs intervention as per the GCC Common Customs Law of 2008. The UAE Customs mitigate the economical, financial, and welfare risks posed by imports, exports, transit and transshipment of such illicit products.

        UAE Customs strongly believes in the producers and the creative thinkers’ rights in the different fields whether industrial, commercial or literary. It has seriously taken the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) into consideration through firmly combating the smuggling of counterfeit and fake goods and products and all that threatens public health and safety of the local community or violates the producers and trademark owners’ rights. UAE Customs is also keen on maintaining international trade’s legitimacy, as the UAE is considered a focal gateway for Western and Eastern trade movement. This is done through the customs risk management system which assists in targeting such illicit goods in at import or transit to the local market or free zones.

        UAE Customs has made great efforts in educating and raising awareness of the IPR and the hazards and harms of using counterfeit products on the community and the health of its members. In addition, customs inspectors receive training courses throughout the year in order to increase their knowledge and understanding of how to differentiate between original and fake goods and original and duplicate trademark. Such workshops take place in participation with the trademark owners themselves which reflects positively on the inspectors’ competencies and their efforts in protecting the local community and maintaining the Emirati people’s health and safety.


        Request for Notification of Trademark/Intellectual Property Infringement  


        The owner of the trademark or his legal representative can submit an inspection request for the presence of suspected counterfeit goods (trademarks / copyright / industrial property right), by providing evidence that the said merchandise is on its way or present in one of the United Arab Emirates Customs points of entries.

        Said requests shall be submitted directly to the Local Customs Administrations (Contact points are listed below).


        1)      Submit the application and the required documents through the available channels

        2)      Pay the applicable fees after getting the approvals

        3)      Receive a confirmation of registering the Infringement of a trademark, the intellectual property

        ​team will then start investigation


        Required Documents:

        Document Special considerations
        Certificate of Ministry of Economy Registration of trademark Original
        Customs Declaration C​opy
        Letter of complaint​
        Official complaint letter to the local customs administration Or​iginal
        Policy (Shipment) Number Original
        Power of Attorney O​riginal
        Trade License Owner - Commercial License Original



        Description Cost
        Request investigation by conducting customs inspection for an infringement of intellectual property rights.
        AED 2​000
        Refundable deposit to ensure the validity of the complaint submitted to the customs inspection in case of infringement of intellectual property rights.
        AE​D 5000
        Request for customs inspection of infringement of intellectual property rights submitted in vacation and non-business days.
        AED 1​000
        Request for urgent customs inspection.
        AE​​D 500


        Local Customs IPR Contacts:

        Customs Administration Email Contact Number
        Abu Dhabi Customs Ics.ipr@adcutoms.ae



        Dubai Customs client.relations@dubaicustoms.ae



        Sharjah Customs jumruki@sharjahcustoms.gov.ae
        Ajman Customs info@apcd.​​ae



        Ras AlKhaimah
        info@customs.rak.ae 0097172333733
        Fujairah​ info@fujcustoms.gov.ae 0097192882222
        Umm AlQuwain customs@uaqport.ae

        UAE Customs IPR Seizure Report 

        To view the annua​l customs seizure Report Click here: