Shipping Restrictions

Qatar’s Customs and Ports Law covers all aspects of the import and export of goods to and from its ports including Hamad International Airport.

Travelers, traders and business persons must abide the rules and regulations set by the General Authority of Customs, the government authority responsible for monitoring importation and exportation of goods in and out of the State in accordance with legislation.

 

Customs Clearance

Qatar has strict regulations which must be adhered to in order to obtain customs clearance of goods. All goods must be recorded on a customs declaration form and a manifest presented to the customs authority on arrival.

If after physical inspection a discrepancy is found between the goods and the customs declaration, additional taxes and duties will apply along with a fine.

Failure to comply with the customs law may result in delays, holding of goods, penalties, storage/demurrage fees, or the return of goods to origin. In serious infringements legal action may be taken (see Legal Action below).

Exempted Goods

Exemption categories include personal effects and household items, imports of charitable organizations and returned goods, diplomatic and military exemptions. Goods cleared for 'free zones' and duty-free shops are not subject to customs levies. Goods in transit may be accepted, without payment of duty, at designated stations.

Prohibited Goods

Flammable goods, radioactive materials, ammunition and explosives, narcotic drugs, goods from economically boycotted countries, generally prohibited goods, and goods which infringe rules relating to commercial, industrial, artistic, or intellectual property rights are strictly prohibited.

Inspection of Goods

Goods may be inspected and examined, typically in the presence of the owner or representative. However, suspicious, prohibited or improperly declared goods may be opened in the absence of the owner if they fail to show at the pre-notified time. In rare circumstances goods may be inspected prior to notice to the owner.

If examination is warranted, the costs of transportation to the place of examination, packing and repacking are at the expense of the owner. Goods that are harmful, dangerous or that are not permitted may be destroyed or re-exported.

Prohibited and restricted items

A guide to what you can and cannot ship in the parcels.

Are you shipping safely?

To comply with international regulations governing the carriage of parcels, and ensure that parcel in transport does not present a danger to the general public, we restrict or prohibit certain items from our network.

We want to ensure the parcels is safe for everyone.
Many everyday items, such as aerosols, nail varnish and perfumes are considered dangerous good under transport legislation.

Failure to comply with these controls could result in prosecution.
You are responsible for checking whether or not an item is prohibited or restricted.

Prohibited items for export from USA
  • • All kinds of Alcohol / Flammable sanitizers
    • All tobacco products, including but not limited to Cigars, E-Cigars, E-Liquids, etc.
    • Any external battery/power bank for smartphones or tablets devices
    • Intoxicating liquors
    • Tobacco products
    • Motor vehicles
    • Petroleum products
    • Any type of standalone batteries
    • Any additional battery/batteries that is packed in the same package but separated from the device
    • Alcohol products and beverages (Item(s) would be discard at Origin and unable to process for returns or redirect to another address)
    • Audio Speakers
    • Counterfeit goods
    • Diamonds
    • Electronic device which contains battery purchased from ebay/ individual seller
    • Engine oils / essential oils
    • Fuels, gasoline and gas torches
    • Flammable and toxic content products (e.g. products with Minoxidil, zinc oxide, Rosemary Oil and etc.)
    • Firearms (or parts thereof)
    • Imitation tobacco products (e.g. electronic cigarettes, etc)
    • Infectious substances
    • Laser apparatus such as laser pointers that are found to have emission powers(requires appropriate licenses from NEA)
    • Lighters with or without fuel/fluids
    • Magnets
    • Munitions of war
    • Meat or animal extracts
    • Nail polish and nail polish removers
    • Narcotic drugs
    • Pornographic materials
    • Perishable foods
    • Precious metals and Gemstones
    • Paper currency, coins, credit cards and cheques
    • Perfumes, colognes, eau de toilette and fragrance sprays
    • Plant seeds
    • Printer cartridges
    • Radioactive materials
    • Sprays, aerosol cans and compressed gas cylinders
    • Turpentine and paint thinner
    • Weapons (swords / knives / guns, etc)
    • Prescription medications
    • Used automotive parts cannot be shipped, which include wet or leaking parcels; parcels emitting odour of any kind
Prohibited items for export from UK
  • • All kinds of Alcohol / Flammable sanitizers
    • All tobacco products, including to Cigars, E-Cigars, E-Liquids, etc.
    • Imitation tobacco products (e.g. electronic cigarettes, etc)
    • Any standalone batteries, external battery/powerbank for smartphones or tablets devices
    • Any additional battery/batteries that is packed in the same package but separated from the device
    • Corrosives
    • Intoxicating liquors, poisons, solids and gasses
    • Motor vehicles
    • Petroleum products
    • Alcohol products and beverages
    • Counterfeit goods
    • Diamonds
    • Electronic device which contains battery purchased from ebay/ individual seller
    • Engine oils / essential oils
    • Fuels, gasoline and gas torches
    • Flammable and toxic content products (e.g. products with minoxidil, zinc oxide, rosemary oil and etc.)
    • Firearms (or parts thereof)
    • Infectious substances
    • Items containing lithium ion batteries
    • Laser apparatus such as laser pointers that are found to have emission powers(requires appropriate licenses from NEA)
    • Magnetised material
    • Lighters with or without fuel/fluids
    • Matches, Lighters and refills containing flammable liquid or gas
    • Munitions of war
    • Meat or animal extracts
    • Nail polish, nail polish removers or gel
    • Narcotic drugs
    • Pornographic materials
    • Perishable foods
    • Precious metals and gemstones
    • Paper currency, coins, credit cards and cheques
    • Perfumes, colognes, eau de toilette and fragrance sprays
    • Plant seeds
    • Printer cartridges
    • Radioactive materials, explosive
    • Sprays, aerosol cans and compressed gas cylinders
    • Turpentine and paint thinner
    • Weapons (swords / knives / guns, etc)
    • Pesticides (e.g. weed killer and any chemical used to kill pests and insects including fly sprays)
    • Human remains (including ashes)
    • Environmental waste
    • Live creatures, insects and invertebrates
    • Solvent-based paints, wood varnishes an enamels
    • Prescription medications
    • Used automotive parts cannot be shipped, which include wet or leaking parcels; parcels emitting odour of any kind

This list may be updated from time to time. Please contact the U.S. & European Customs for any enquiry.
For more information concerning dangerous and prohibited goods, you may go to http://www.customs.gov.qa/customs_law.php or http://portal.www.gov.qa/wps/portal/topics/Business+and+Finance/customsandportslaw

Note: If you send prohibited good or restricted goods (and you do not comply with the relevant terms and conditions), we may deal with the goods as we see fit, including but not limited to, disposing of the parcels concerned (in whole or in part).

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