This diagram shows the steps and processes that an exporter has to go through, as well as the documents that need to be submitted in order to complete the export process successfully for Full Container Load via Dubai.
The Exporter has the option to carry out export procedures online on Dubai Trade or manually through Ports & Customs Documentation Centers. The procedure mentioned below describes the paperless export process through Dubai Trade.
To access Dubai Trade portal electronic services the customer must register himself with Dubai Trade. The registration process to obtain Customer Code is available online on Dubai Trade Portal (www.dubaitrade.ae
The Export process can be summed up as per following:
Export is the process of carrying or sending goods and services produced domestically to another country for the purpose of selling and realizing foreign exchange. An organization that manufactures and sells these goods and services abroad is referred to as an Exporter. For exporting goods and services, an Exporter should have a valid Trade License issued from any of the License Issuing Authority in U.A.E. and should be registered with Dubai Customs.
- On obtaining order for sale of goods, an Exporter first enters into an agreement with Shipping Agents to carry his cargo from Dubai to the Port of Destination and makes an export booking with the Shipping Agent.
- The Shipping Agent in turn requests DP World to release Empty Container to the Exporter for the purpose of Export. This Service (Export Booking) is done electronically through Dubai Trade Portal where the Shipping Agent provides details of Container (size; type etc.); Outbound Vessel details and identifies the Exporter.
- The Exporter or his representative is than required to nominate the Hauler online. This nomination will be valid for both picking up the Empty Container from DP World and delivering back the Export Container. The Exporters can also nominate a Preferred Hauler where by any Booking done in favour of the Exporter by Shipping Agents is directly nominated to the Preferred Hauler. In case, Exporter wishes to use his own trucks then he can directly create an Electronic Token on Dubai Trade. This service (E-Token) allows Exporters to book an appointment with DP World to pick up the Empty container.
- The nominated Hauler than accesses Dubai Trade Portal and generates an e-Token for picking up the Empty Container from DP World. The Hauler is further required to provide his Truck details and select the time of his arrival to DP World Port from the available time-slot. The e-Token is designed to facilitate seamless movements of Container from & to the Port.
- DP World ensures all compliances and loads the Empty Container on the Hauler’s Truck who in turn delivers the Container to Exporter’s Warehouse.
- The Exporter arranges for stuffing the cargo meant for export in the Container and informs the Hauler
- The Hauler generates an e-Token, this time for Export Container and accordingly picks up the Container from Exporters Warehouse and delivers the same to DP World.
- DP World ensures all compliances and off-loads the Export Container in the designated area for loading on the subject Vessel.
- In parallel, Exporter submits an Export Declaration online detailing the cargo information including invoice information. Dubai Customs verifies the information and on meeting of all requirements approves the Export Declaration.
- The Exporter completes the inspection formalities if required (conditioned to cargo type).
- The Exporter lastly goes online and pays DP World charges pertaining to Export of Container.
- In parallel, an Exporter approaches Chamber of Commerce to obtain Certificate of Origin that has to be sent to the Importer. Furthermore, an Exporter is required to obtain additional permits conditioned to type of goods.
- DP World ensures various compliances including passing of Export Declaration; availability of Container before the cut-off time; etc. before finally loading the Export Containers on to the Vessel. Any failures results in Shut Out and the Shipping Agents are duly informed. Shipping Agents are provided with several online services to monitor on the various compliances.
- The Shipping Agent issues Bill of Lading to the Exporter, generally after vessel sailing, which is the Contract of Carriage and contains details of cargo. The Exporter has to send the original Bill of Lading along with Invoice; Packing List; Certificate of Origin etc. to the Importer to enable him/her to clear documentation with the Customs of Importing Country.