Export to Qatar:
Pork and products are prohibited, while the imports of alcoholic beverages, firearms, ammunition and certain drugs are subject to licensing.
Export documentary requirements are as follows:
Commercial invoice: Two original commercial invoices and at least one copy must be submitted, The exporter should check with the customer for the specific number of copies required. The invoice should contain full description of the packing along with the name of the supplier and the consignee, quantity, marks and numbers of goods, origin of goods, accurate description of the merchandise, value of the goods, CIF or otherwise itemising all expenses and the name of the vessel and the date of departure. The commercial invoice should be signed by the exporter or an authorised representative and certified by the appropriate chamber of commerce.
Certificate of origin: The original and one copy of the certificate of origin. The latter should indicate the name and address of the manufacturer or the producer of goods and the name of the vessel are required for shipment to Qatar. Shippers also must include a notarised statement certifying the document is true and correct. Exporters should contact their importers to ascertain the number of copies of this document that are required. The appropriate chamber of commerce must certify this certificate of origin, which must also be legalised by a consular service.
Bill of lading: There are no regulations specifying the form or number of bills of lading required for shipments. Bills of lading should show the name of the shipper, the name and address of the consignee, port of destination, description of the goods, the listing of freight and other charges, the number of the bills of lading in the full set, the date and signature of the carrier’s official acknowledging receipt on board of the goods for shipment. The information should correspond with that shown on the invoices and the packages. Expenses are generally paid in advance. The airway bill replaces the bill of lading on air cargo shipment.
Pro forma invoice: If required, a pro forma invoice stamped and signed by the supplying company or the exporter must be submitted. The delivery period and validity of the quotations must be indicated. The serial numbers of the goods mentioned in the invoice must conform to the numbering system of the Qatari government order sheet.
HALAL Certificate: For all meat products (for more details about HALAL Certification visit HALAL section of the Irish Islamic Chamber of Commerce Website).
Other formalities and documents:
Labelling: Labelling in Arabic and English is recommended for products entering Qatar. Food containers must show the country of origin, the name and address of the exporter, the name and kind of commodity, the net weight of contents, date of packing (day, month and year), and the name and address of the consignee.
Marking: All identifying marks including the consignee’s marks and port’s marks must be clearly inscribed on the packages to facilitate arrival of the shipment. Packages should be marked legibly.
Packing: Goods should be packed securely to withstand rough handling and pilferage.