Export to Oman

The Omani customs regulations are among the most liberal compared to the other countries of the Gulf. It is necessary to obtain a prior licence from the Omani Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MOCI) for the import of pharmaceuticals, some agricultural products, polyethylene, copper cables, electric water heater, tightness products, and foam-rubber mattress, babies diapers, metallic fences, cement tiles and articles thereof, aluminium shapes, detergent products, mineral water and goods locally produced.

Only the companies that are listed on the Omani trade register are allowed to carry out import operations. Goods requiring after sales service must have an Omani agent to be cleared. There are no customs surcharges and the import of samples used for business ends are duty-free. Imports from Israel and Yugoslavia are prohibited.

Commercial invoice: The original commercial invoice must be submitted for legalisation. The invoice should contain an accurate description of goods, including weight, quantities and values. The determination of the true value is important to facilitate customs taxation. The invoice should contain a signed statement that it is true and correct and certified by the appropriate Chamber of Commerce.

Certificate of origin: The certificate of origin must be certified by the appropriate Chamber of Commerce and legalised.

Bill of lading: The original of bill of lading (or airway bill) must be submitted for legalisation certification with the other documents. There are no regulations specifying the form or number of bills of lading required for any particular shipment. A bill of lading usually shows the name of the shipper, the name and address of the consignee, port of destination, description of goods, the listing of the freight and other charges, the full number of bills of lading and the date and signature of the carrier’s official acknowledging receipt on board of the goods for shipment. The information should correspond to that shown on the invoices and the packages. The airway bill replaces the bill; of lading on air cargo shipments.

A commercial invoice, a certificate of origin, whose original copies must be countersigned by the Omani consular service, must accompany all shipments of goods to the Sultanate of Oman.

Health certificates: Health certificates are necessary for fruit, vegetables, foodstuffs, and similar products. Plants and plant products and filling and packaging materials must be approved by agricultural quarantine authorities before importation to ensure that products are free from agricultural pests and that necessary conditions are provided to treat goods before they leave the exporting country.

Import of agricultural soil and organic manure is forbidden. Seeds, seedlings, cereals and material for seed growing must be accompanied by health certificate issued by government authorities in the country of origin.

A veterinary medical certificate stating that the animals have been examined and declared fit must cover the import of live animals, meat and related products.

Steamship certificate: A steamship/ Airline certificate may be required by the letter of credit or requested by the importer. It is required to ensure that the goods would not stop at or pass through any Israeli port or airport before arrival in Oman.

HALAL Certificate: For all neat products (to get more details about HALAL Certification please visit HALAL Section in the Irish Islamic Chamber of Commerce Website).

 Other formalities and documents:

All foodstuffs must be labelled with the product and brand names; and indicate the quantity of ingredients; additives, the content , production and expiration dates, the name and address of the manufacturer, packer, distributor, exporter, importer, or retailer, country of origin, and storage, transportation, and preparation instructions. Labels for specific products such as diet and infant foods must contain additional information about vitamins, supplements and minerals.