32 Vat FAQs

Custom Duty & VAT

Hi, my friend is sending a laptop from Canada via Xpresspost International post, its refurbished laptop. I want know how I will pay the custom or Xpresspost will pay on my behalf & I pay them while receiving it and the custom duty calculated on total amount including or only I have to pay for i

Posted 18 April, 2018

Emirates Post heads-up: Receiving a package now costs 10AED + VAT

So yesterday I went to the post office to collect 2 small packages from Aliexpress. Ended up paying 20+3 AED to receive them. When I asked, they informed me that all packages (even books!) are now charged 10AED + VAT each, apart from documents. I had to wait twice: first to claim the packages, secon

Posted 28 March, 2018

Ecommerce trade license and vat reg. necessary?

Hi, i have been planning of starting a small ecommerce website in uae, wondering if it is necessary to have a trade license and reg for vat? (especially when starting up and dont want to spend huge amounts on registration charges and all) i will be mainly operating it from outside the country and s

Posted 28 March, 2018

Online SEO Checker Says Zero Pages Indexed?

Hi guys, I'm a little confused. My site used to be ranking around spot 3 for a competitive local term in a medium sized major US metro. Recently, we've dropped out of the top 100. I'm not super surprised by this as we have no backlinks. However... I just used a free online SEO checker and it is say

Posted 28 March, 2018

Mutual funds investment with NBD bank

Very limited knowledge when it comes to investment (first time to have little extra money that I want to invest), unfortunately investing back home isn’t an option not even having a bank account. I was looking into BeeHive and now I noticed that Enbd provides Mutual Funds investment option, ha

Posted 21 March, 2018

2 months into VAT living, has it affected you? How much longer do you see yourself staying in Dubai?

Just interested to hear some opinions. Definitely makes a difference!

Posted 21 March, 2018

Aliexpress shipping to UAE (Update with VAT)

Today received my 10$ earphones from aliexpress in Central Post office Abu Dhabi .. Below are the list of charges i have to pay. Public PO Box Fees : 15 AED Admin Fees : 10 AED Declared Value VAT : 0.75 (Seller declared 3 $ as item price) VAT Amount : 1.25 AED Total : 27 AED So i end up paying aro

Posted 21 March, 2018

Salik Tag Activation

I just got a text from Salik saying my account number and the PIN, but for the life of me, I can't find where I put it in on their website. I might be dumb, but I did go to the Tag Activation and there wasn't anywhere to put them in. Any help would be much appreciated!

Posted 21 March, 2018

Shipping from abroad and VAT?

Hello everyone. I moved recently to Dubai. I was already living in the GCC but now with VAT, how does receiving shipments work? I used to order a lot from AliExpress and and never had any issues having it delivered at a PO Box. Now I have read some stories of shipments being "deta

Posted 21 March, 2018

Local Service Business... Need Help!

I own a Landscaping company in Vancouver BC, Canada. I service 3 main cities which are Surrey, Richmond and Vancouver. Should I create three separate websites focused specifically on each city to dominate each city?

Posted 28 February, 2018