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Imports

General Import Guidelines
  • The importer must have a valid importer code from Customs Authorities
  • Imported goods must conform to licensed activities of the importer
  • Imported goods must be accompanied with an International Waybill, an Original Commercial Invoice, and a Packing List. For goods valued USD 2,500 or more a Certificate of Origin is required
  • All imported goods into Oman must have the country of origin printed or embossed physically each item; for example "made in China", "made in Japan", etc. The country of origin must also be stated in the Commercial Invoice, failure to comply with this regulation may prohibit entry of the goods
  • HS Codes must be stated clearly on Commercial Invoice. If HS Codes are not stated on Commercial Invoice, Customs Authorities will inspect goods and apply 5% customs duties even if goods are duty exempted


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Import Duties and Fees
  • The customs valuation is based on CIF (Cost, Insurance and Freight) which means that the amount used to assess customs duty is the sum of cost of gods, insurance and shipping cost to Oman
  • Customs duties at 5% is levied on CIF value
  • Intoxicating liquors will be subjected to a 50% customs duty on their CIF value while import of tobacco products are subject to 100% of the CIF value
  • For temporary imported goods (re-exported), a deposit of 5% of CIF value has to be made for the benefit of Customs Authorities. When goods exit the country, the customs authorities will refund 4% of the deposited amount
  • Generally the declared CIF value on Commercial Invoice is accepted, but Customs Authorities might estimate a different value based on their inspection


The following are trade agreements with Oman that can benefit from customs reduction rate. To benefit from customs reduction, Certificate of Origin accompanied with Commercial Invoice are required
  • Arab League
  • Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC)
  • Free Trade Agreement (FTA)


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Duties Exemption

A number of goods are exempted from customs duties. Below are some of the applied exemptions:
  • Raw materials for manufacturing in Oman destined for companies holding industrial license
  • Goods addressed to government or semi-government agencies
  • Diplomatic goods
  • Used personal effects
  • Milk of all varieties i.e. pasteurized and powered but not flavored milk
  • Printed matter, brochures, books
  • Fresh vegetables

If goods, prior to its entry into Oman, has passed through any GCC country where custom duties have been paid, the Original Customs Declaration stamped from GCC customs must accompany the goods to avoid paying custom duties in Oman. Please refer to Reference (3) GCC Customs Laws

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Imports Required Documents

General Imports

Import Declaration is processed in the event of goods being imported into Oman from other countries. The below documents are needed:
  • Bill of Entry
  • Original Waybill
  • One original and two copies of Commercial Invoice
  • Original of the Certificate of Origin approved by Chamber of Commerce at country of origin
  • Packing List (detailed)
  • Form of exemption from customs duties in case exemption requirements are fulfilled


Re-Export

Import Declaration is processed in the event of importing goods into Oman for purpose of re-exporting. The below documents are needed:
  • Bill of Entry
  • Original Waybill
  • One original and two copies of Commercial Invoice with HS Codes, incoterms, unit price, description of goods, country of origin approved by Chamber of Commerce at country of origin
  • Original of the Certificate of Origin approved by Chamber of Commerce at country of origin
  • Packing List (detailed)


Temporary Import - Exhibition / Repair and Return

Upon entry of goods into Oman on temporary basis for the purpose of taking part in an exhibition or repairs / maintenance, a deposit amount equivalent to customs duties has to be made for the benefit of Oman Customs Authorities. The deposit is refunded upon exporting the goods. If the goods are not being exported the deposit is forfeited. The below documents are needed:
  • Bill of Entry
  • Original Waybill
  • One original and two copies of Commercial Invoice
  • Original of the Certificate of Origin approved by Chamber of Commerce at country of origin
  • Packing List (detailed)


When completing your Commercial Invoice, we recommend that you abide by Aramex guidelines to ensure timely and efficient clearance Read More


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Exports

When exporting goods from Oman some documents and regulations will be applied before the exit of goods to the destination. Failure to submit required documents may delay goods when exporting


Exporters need to include the following documents with their goods:

  1. Original Commercial Invoice
  2. For certain goods, a strategic export license is required. Example where these licenses are needed include: military, dual-use, radioactive material, textiles and agricultural goods
Other documents that could be required would depend on the specific requirements of the destinations. Aramex maintain a list of needed documents and customs information per country (please select country name on this page)



Important Notes

  • All exported goods might be inspected by Customs Authorities
  • Aramex will not transport goods that are prohibited by the laws or regulations of Oman


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Transiting Goods

Transiting Goods through Oman can only remain for 10 days from the date of arrival into the country

To process Transiting Goods, the following documents are needed:
  • Bill of Entry
  • Original Waybill
  • One original and two copies of Commercial Invoice
  • Original of the Certificate of Origin approved by Chamber of Commerce at country of origin
  • Packing List (detailed)


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Prohibited / Restricted Goods

Aramex will not transport goods that are prohibited by the laws or regulations of Oman

In accordance to Aramex Shipping Policy, the following items are not acceptable for transport by Aramex:
Aramex will not transport goods that are prohibited by the laws or regulations of Oman

In accordance to Aramex Shipping Policy, the following items are not acceptable for transport by Aramex:

  • Monetary Items including currency, fake money, and coins
  • Publications that are offensive to religions, morals, human rights or aims to cause corruption and disorder
  • Narcotics and drugs including heroin, opium, drugs raw material (powder, liquid), cannabis leaves, etc.
  • Gambling related games or items
  • Counterfeit goods covering all brands of clothes, machinery, shoes, electronics, watches etc.
  • Fireworks*
  • Ivory and ivory products*
  • Furs*
  • Jewelry, precious metals , stones, articles or antiques of exceptional high value*
  • Bullion*
  • Products labeled made in Israel
  • Chemical waste and nuclear waste
  • Hazardous as defined in IATA Regulations*
  • Ammunitions*
  • Human remains, including ashes*
  • Animals, plants, food items and perishable*
  • All kind of Alcohol beverages, or items containing alcohol as an ingredient
  • Metal detectors

* Certain goods which are listed above as prohibited may be accepted by Aramex on a contractual basis, if exporters / importers are able to comply with all applicable regulations

Some goods require approval from the designated authority prior to importing into Oman. Some examples are shown below:



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Aramex Clearance Service

Aramex offers clearance service covering the following Customs Ports:

  • Batha customs port
  • Al Wajaja Border
  • Hafeet Border
  • Muscat International Airport
  • Port of Salalah
  • Port of Sultan Qaboos
  • Sohar Port
  • Wadi Al Jizzi Border

Aramex offers a wide range of customs clearance services (starting with Delivery Order collection up to delivery of goods). In addition, Aramex offers storage in Aramex warehouses when needed.

In key locations, Aramex employees are certified and supported by a customer service team to keep customers updated, and address all inquiries. Please contact our Aramex Customer Service team for an offer


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References

  1. Oman Customs
  2. Oman Customs HS Codes
  3. GCC Customs Laws
  • Customs Terminologies