If your company deals with trade or the export of products, you will most likely need to register with Dubai Customs. Like many government departments, Dubai Customs now provides a full range of eServices to efficiently manage the import and export of goods. Dubai's Customs online declaration and clearing system is called Mirsal 2. Its user guide contains information on getting started and registering with Mirsal 2.
Registering with Dubai Customs is relatively straight forward and can be done online, although you will need to present some documents to the customs office in person. All goods imported to and exported from Dubai must pass through the customs office. Dubai Customs maintains a working list of prohibited items for import and export. Dubai Customs has collaborated with DP World and JAFZA to create the online portal Dubai Trade which provide a one-stop-shop for most import/export and trading procedures in Dubai.
Free trade agreements between the UAE and other countries limits the amount of tariffs put on goods traded between those countries. The UAE has agreements with several countries. To find out more about these agreements, and their effect on your business, contact Dubai Customs directly.