Export to Qatar

Qatar is a modern economy with the world’s highest per capita GDP. To maintain sustainable growth, the Qatari government has implemented ‘Qatar National Vision 2030’ – a plan to become one of the world’s most socially, economically and environmentally advanced societies.

Qatar is the UK’s third-largest export market in the Middle East; in 2013, UK exports to Qatar reached £1.46 billion and English is widely used as a business language.

Sources: GOV.UK, IMF, Qatar Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics

For more detailed information when trading with Qatar, download our Qatar Fact Sheet.



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DHL Facts

Locations: 15

Gateways into the Country: 1

Number of Service Centres: 7

DHL Delivery Zone: 9

Vehicle Fleet: 53

Qatar: Country Profile
Population: 2.1 million Exports from
$12.7 billion (2013 est.)
Area: 11,586 sq km Export Commodities: Liquefied natural gas (LNG), petroleum products, fertilisers, steel
Currency: 1 Qatari riyal (QAR) = 100 dirham Top Export Destinations: UK, France, Germany, USA, UAE, Italy, Switzerland
GDP: US$ 198.7 billion (2013 est.) IMPORTS INTO QATAR
Time Zones: UTC + 3 Imports into
$39.58 billion (2013 est.)
Languages: Arabic (official), English commonly used as a second language Import Commodities: Machinery and transport equipment, food, chemicals
Ethnic Groups: Arab 40%, Indian 18%, Pakistani 18%, Iranian 10%, other 14% Top Import Origins: Germany, USA, UK, Netherlands, UAE, Belgium, Italy
Transit Times
The times provided for
dutiable shipments
are based on the time
expected for Customs
in Qatar to clear
the shipment. This is
contingent upon the
value of the shipment.
Destination Non-Dutiable Shipment Dutiable Shipment
Doha 3 days 4 days
Al Khor 3 days 4 days
Dukhan 3 days 4 days
Mesaieed 3 days 4 days
Ras Laffan Industrial City 3 days 4 days
  • Further Information

    DHL can assist you with trading with Qatar. Contact the DHL team on 0844 248 0675

    DHL Customer Services is also available on 0844 248 0844

    Calls to DHL UK phone numbers beginning ‘084’ cost 7 pence per minute, plus your phone company’s

  • Duty Free Allowance

    All shipments are subject to duty and taxes unless imported for personal use under a personal name (duty free up to QAR 3,000 = US$ 821)

Essential Customs Information

For an estimate of landed costs (duties, taxes and other import fees) for shipments going to Qatar use the free and interactive DHL Express Trade Automation Services (TAS) tool, TAS also provides information on regulations compliance and trade documentation.

Document shipments over 20 kg: send as goods. Non-document shipments: include two typed (not handwritten) invoices. Non-document shipments over 100 kg will be formally cleared as cargo; provide attested Certificate Of Origin original invoice.

Customs duty and legalisation fees apply to all shipments into Qatar (commercial or non-commercial). Min. legalisation fee: US$ 69 per shipment + US$ 3 for Bayan (Import Bill) + US$ 7 admin fee + Customs duty (5% of shipment value). Personal shipments (shipments without company name on Waybill) valued less than US$ 800 are exempt (subject to Customs discretion). Receivers with Qatar ID/passport are exempt from legalisation fees. All items imported for commercial purposes must have the phrase ‘Made in [country]’ engraved/permanently printed/on a sticker or label.

Prohibited items specific to Qatar:

The list below is in addition to DHL’s standard list of prohibited items.

  • All items offensive to Muslim culture or sensitive to the Middle East security situation, including pork products, religious  publications/figures, imitation/toy firearms, military uniforms
  • Antiques
  • Asbestos
  • Dangerous goods, hazardous or combustible materials
  • E-cigarettes & tobacco
  • Firearms, parts of
  • Furs & Ivory
  • Gambling devices incl. playing cards
  • Goods of Israeli origin/manufacture
  • Jewellery
  • Plant products
  • Precious metals & stones
  • Tobacco/liquor advertisements

Restricted items specific to Qatar:

Alcoholic beverages
Receiver to provide import permit.

Booklets & brochures (non-advertising)
Not business related: send as goods.

Over 20 kg: send as goods. Subject to duty and legalisation charges.

Computer components & parts, communications & telecommunications equipment including: mobile phones, accessories & components, modems, phones, radios, radio equipment/parts
Subject to ictQATAR approval prior to Customs clearance. For private individuals: 5 items max.

If shipment to be moved by road: provide prior approval.

Drawings: technical/architectural/engineering
May only be sent to/from non-engineering companies

Drugs: prescription & non-prescription
If usage/composition pamphlet is included: inspection will occur on site. Without pamphlet: goods will be sent to Qatar Ministry of Health for assessment. Items for personal use (addressed to a private person): 3 units or packs max

Films: entertainment, promotional, training, laser discs, audio & video cassette tapes
Subject to Qatar Ministry of Information approval.

Provide approval from Qatar Ministry of Health. Date of manufacture & expiry must be on package and mentioned on each item.

Magazines, newspapers, periodicals, journals
Subject to censorship:

Magazines, newspapers, periodicals, journals
Subject to censorship:

Radar equipment including transmitters & receivers and technical manuals
Receiver to provide Qatar Ministry of Interior approval before shipping.

For x-ray machines please contact DHL Customs Services before shipping.