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Customs & International Trade

Middle East

When could this be relevant for you?

Looking at how the world is changing in terms of trade behavior and international cooperation, it becomes clear that customs is shifting from a purely operational topic towards a strategic component of managing global operations. At the same time, local governments have expanded and fine-tuned their trade legislation, requiring companies to also increase scrutiny of their own import, export and indirect tax strategies to ensure that they comply with increasingly complex local laws. These matters require close attention, otherwise businesses could incur unnecessary indirect costs.

What we do

  • Customs valuation policy advice - appropriateness and optimisation
  • Assessment of new market entry readiness
  • Qualification for trade facilitation programmes
  • Savings opportunity assessments: bonded manufacturing and storage, origin and free trade agreements strategy, duty exemptions and tariff classification refinement
  • Advise on business restructuring and value chain transformation.
  • Customs & International trade review of local, regional and multinational companies in the context of mergers and acquisitions transactions and due diligence exercises.

How we provide value to our clients

  • We have a dedicated specialist customs & international trade regional team based in Dubai and professionals in our local offices throughout the Middle East region, with extensive industry and consultancy experience
  • We help our clients to obtain the best possible practical knowledge to ensure customs compliance whilst avoiding unnecessary costs, disruption in the supply chain and reputational damage.
  • We maintain strong relationships with local and regional customs authorities across the Middle East
  • PwC’s global customs & international trade network enables us to connect with experts in different jurisdictions to ensure we can provide the best advice to our clients on projects involving multiple countries

Who’s in control?

China’s Proposed Export Control Law

The Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) of the People’s Republic of China published a draft Export Control Law for public comment on 16 June 2017. If enacted, the China’s new Export Control Law will be the first comprehensive and unified export control legislation in China, which is aimed at upgrading the country’s existing regime consisting of various disparate administrative regulations and internal circulars.

Read Asia Pacific Trade Intelligence, June/July 2018


Contact us

Jeanine Daou

Jeanine Daou

Indirect Tax Leader, PwC Middle East

Tel: +971 (0) 56 682 0682

Mohammed Yaghmour

Mohammed Yaghmour

Middle East Tax & Legal Services Leader, PwC Middle East

Tel: +966 56 704 9675

Carlos Garcia

Carlos Garcia

Partner, Middle East Customs & International Trade, PwC Middle East

Tel: +971 (0) 4 304 3936

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