United Arab Emirates
U.S. Export Controls

Includes the U.S. government export controls that companies need to abide by when exporting to this country.

Last published date: 2019-10-13
All goods exported to or re-exported from the UAE must have proper documentation issued by the Ministry of Economy and the various Chambers of Commerce in the respective emirates.  U.S. firms seeking to export goods from the United States to the UAE should consult the appropriate U.S. export control agencies regarding the need for an export license for the UAE. 

The UAE has a thriving transshipment and re-export business, most notably in Dubai.  U.S. firms should also consult the proper U.S. authorities regarding the need to obtain re-export authorization for items to be re-exported from the UAE to other countries, as well as exercising caution that U.S. goods are not re-exported to prohibited countries without the proper permission.  In addition to confirming the ultimate destination of exports to the UAE, U.S. exporters should ensure transactions do not involve any proscribed parties by consulting the U.S. Government’s consolidated export screening list.  The Bureau of Industry and Security’s (BIS) Export Control Officer at the Consulate General in Dubai is available to assist U.S. firms in compliance with U.S. and UAE export controls.
UAE Trade Controls

Although not a participant in any of the multilateral export control regimes, the UAE implements trade controls in line with the control lists established by these regimes (the Australia Group, the Missile Technology Control Regime, the Nuclear Suppliers Group, and the Wassenaar Arrangement).  Permits or licenses are required to import and export-controlled items, including strategic goods, Chemical Weapons Convention scheduled chemicals, armored vehicle1s, and items controlled by the Nuclear Suppliers Group.  In addition, authorizations are required for the transit or transshipment of Nuclear Suppliers Group-controlled items.  These requirements apply equally in the free trade zones. 

The UAE licensing authority for nuclear-related items is the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR).  The Export Control Executive Office (ECEO) is the permitting authority for all other items.  For more information on the U.S. export control system, see the BIS website.