"The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MOFAIC) announces the beginning of the electronic authentication of commercial invoices for imported goods as of 1st February, 2023. The decision aims to streamline the commercial process and facilitate trade, while at the same time reducing the possibility of fraud and counterfeiting.
The electronic authentication will be provided through the “e-invoice” portal. This portal will be accessible via the National Electronic Single Window (NSW) Online Platform, which includes other trade-related portals as well.
The electronic authentication process will require importers to submit commercial invoices to UAE’s Federal Customs Authority (FCA) through the e-invoice portal. The FCA will then approve, authenticate, and stamp the commercial invoices before they are authorized for use in customs declarations.
The electronic authentication will be mandatory for all commercial invoices issued abroad for any imported goods. Importers are encouraged to register for the e-invoice portal and to familiarize themselves with the authentication process to avoid any potential disruptions to their import activities."