Export Documents

Our Export Documentation services are an important asset for companies engaged in Arab-British trade. It is vital to fulfil all the documentation requirements accurately. Any errors could lead to costly delays when clearing goods through customs and postpone payment, with the potential to result in a non-payment scenario.

Exporting to the Arab World

Member governments of the League of Arab States entrust the Chamber with the task of standardising and co-ordinating the preparation and submission of commercial documents for the export of goods from the UK to their countries.

We provide the only Arab League endorsed certification services required for the export of goods to Arab countries. The Chamber’s unique export documentation service is an important asset to Arab-British trade. With our extensive experience, we are ideally positioned to assist exporters entering the Arab market, encompassing all your certification and legislation needs.

Trade Services Department

  • ALGERIA
  • BAHRAIN
  • COMOROS
  • DJIBOUTI
  • EGYPT *
  • IRAQ
  • JORDAN
  • KUWAIT
  • LEBANON
  • LIBYA
  • MAURITANIA
  • MOROCCO
  • OMAN
  • PALESTINE
  • QATAR
  • SAUDI ARABIA
  • SOMALIA
  • SUDAN
  • SYRIA
  • TUNISIA
  • UAE
  • YEMEN

*To process documents for EGYPT, please refer to the Egyptian – British Chamber of Commerce for more details

Legalisation requirements

For a guide to Arab Embassy requirements and Embassy legalisation fees, please select the country you require from the list below. Please note that these details are subject to change – any changes will be posted directly on the website.

You will see that each country makes reference to Stream I and Stream II. Stream I means that the document is certified only by the ABCC. Stream II means that the document is legalised and certified by the Arab-British Chamber of Commerce. For some countries, you have the option of Stream I or Stream II, for others you do not.

ALGERIA DOCUMENTATION REQUIREMENTS

Stream 1: Certificate of Origin and Invoice / Other Documents

Stream 2: Certificate of Origin and Invoice / Other Documents + EMBASSY COPY

DocumentOriginalCopy
Certificate of origin£60£5
Invoice £1/ (Invoice value x Algerian exchange rate) ÷ 10000 = X
(rounded up to nearest £)

2/ X x 1.28 = Leg fee (rounded up to nearest £)
£5
Invoice other currency1/ [(Invoice value ÷ GBP) x Algerian exchange rate] ÷ 10000 = X
(rounded up to nearest £)

2/ X x 1.28 = Leg fee
(rounded up to nearest £)
£5
Other document£60£5

Last updated 16th august 2021

BAHRAIN DOCUMENTATION REQUIREMENTS

Stream 1: Certificate of Origin and Invoice / Other Documents

Stream 2: Certificate of Origin and Invoice / Other Documents

For invoices in US dollars or Euro and other currency, these must be evaluated in pounds by multiplying the value of the invoice by the daily exchange rate in order to calculate the fees. • The Bahrain Embassy will only legalise Certificate of Origin which has been issued on a Bahrain Certificate of Origin, the ABCC will not certify it, courier fees apply. • The invoice must be certified by the ABCC.

DocumentFee
Certificate of Origin (Original & Copy)£40
All Other Documents (Original & Copy)£40
Invoice (Original & Copy) 
Invoice value from 1 to 1000 BHD£40
Invoice value from 1001 to 5,000 BHD£60
Invoice value from 5,001 to 10,000 BHD£120
Invoice value from 10,001 to 20,000 BHD£240
Invoice value from 20,001 to 50,000 BHD£360
Invoice value from 50,001 to 100,000 BHD£600
Invoice value more than 100,000 BHD£800

• For invoices in US dollars or Euro and other currency, these must be evaluated in pounds by multiplying the value of the invoice by the daily exchange rate in order to calculate the fees.

• The Bahrain Embassy will only legalise Certificate of Origin which has been issued on a Bahrain Certificate of Origin, the ABCC will not certify it, courier fees apply.

• The invoice must be certified by the ABCC.

Last updated 04th April 2022

COMOROS DOCUMENTATION REQUIREMENTS

Stream 1:

  • Certificate of Origin and Invoice
  • Certificate of Origin only with a copy of the invoice as a back up
  • Other document

Stream 2: NOT APPLICABLE

Last updated 16th august 2021

DJIBOUTI DOCUMENTATION REQUIREMENTS

Stream 1:

  • Certificate of Origin and Invoice
  • Certificate of Origin only with a copy of the invoice as a back up
  • Other document

Stream 2: NOT APPLICABLE

Last updated 16th august 2021

IRAQ DOCUMENTATION REQUIREMENTS

Stream 1: Certificate of Origin and Invoice / Other Documents

Stream 2: Certificate of Origin and Invoice / Other Documents + EMBASSY COPY (ODs only)

DocumentFee
Certificate of Origin (Original & Copy)£100
Invoice (Original & Copy)£100
All other document (Original & Copy)£160

Legalisation Instructions – Certificate of Origin and Invoice

  1. The Iraqi Commercial Attaché will only legalise the Certificate of origin and the Invoice, after they have been stamped by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Arab-British Chamber of Commerce.
  2. The invoice should be issued by a company based in UK and its address should / appear on the invoice and the final destination of the goods should be Iraq in addition the goods full details and total amount should appear as well. Note: Commercial invoice with address outside UK even if it refers to (on behalf of UK address company) is not accepted.
  3. The commercial invoice should hold one address in UK or Ireland, any extra address (printed or stamped) will not be accepted.
  4. The Certificate of Origin should include the following details:
  • Original /Copy
  • Consignor should be a company with full address in UK.
  • The consignee should be in Iraq (final destination)
  • Invoice number and date should appear in the certificate of origin and      should match with the original invoice.
  • The origin of the goods should be UK or Ireland, in case of the origin of the goods other than UK or Ireland, the consignor company must submit a letter stating the goods have been produced for their benefit.
  • Manufacturer details must appear on the original certificate.
  1. For each invoice, the Embassy legalises one original certificate of origin.
  2. The Embassy legalise as many copies as the customer wants as long as accompanied with the originals.
  3. All documents should have a recent date.
  4. Submit a copy of the packing list related to the documents or a transport document.
  5. If the goods are chemical materials, medicine, food or foodstuff, agricultural or animals products the company should provide a valid import licence. Note: The embassy accepts only import license issued by the State Company for the Iraqi Fairs and Commercial Services. – requirement suspended until 08/06/2022
  6.  The company should provide a copy of a valid contract if the goods will be supplied to the public sector (governmental companies).

OTHER DOCUMENTS

  • All documents must be presented to the FCDO.
  • Embassy copies for all other documents.

Additional requirements

When submitting an OD, please enclose a separate sheet which contains:
• The name of the UK company who has issued the document
• The company’s address
• The name of the company’s director(s)
• Their email address(es) and telephone number(s)

For commercial powers of attorney:
When submitting a commercial power of attorney, the director or one of the directors of the UK company must write and sign a letter verifying the authenticity of the power of attorney. The information in the list above must also be stated.

Last updated 22nd April 2022

JORDAN DOCUMENTATION REQUIREMENTS

Steam 1: Certificate of Origin and Invoice / Other Documents

Stream 2: Certificate of Origin and Invoice / Other Documents + EMBASSY COPY

DocumentFee
Certificate of Origin (Original & Copy)£63.20
Invoice (Original & Copy)£63.20
All other document (Original & Copy)£63.20

Last updated 16th august 2021

KUWAIT DOCUMENTATION REQUIREMENTS

Stream 1: Not Applicable

Stream 2: Certificate of Origin and Invoice / Other Documents

DocumentFee
Certificate of Origin (Original & Copy)£45
Invoice (Original & Copy)£30
Packing list (Original & Copy)£45
All other document (Original & Copy)£15

Last updated 16th august 2021

LEBANON DOCUMENTATION REQUIREMENTS

Stream 1: Certificate of Origin and Invoice / Other Documents

Stream 2: Certificate of Origin and Invoice / Other Documents + EMBASSY COPY

DocumentOriginalCopy
Certificate of origin
(With only 1 invoice)
£18£18
Certificate of origin
(With more than 1 invoice)
£36£18
Invoice in GBP*Invoice value / 1000£18
Invoice in USD*(Invoice Value / 1.4) / 1000£18
Invoice in other currency*(Invoice Value / Current GBP) / 1000£18
Other document£161£161

* Invoice Minimum fee: £33.00
* Invoice Maximum fee: £2,233.00

Note: For the rounding of decimals, please round up to the nearest pound

Other Documents: Agency agreements, documents of information concerning a company, documents appointing a representative of a company in Lebanon and analysis/health certificates (if not accompanying CofO) all require Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) Apostille prior to presentation for legalisation.

N.B: Memorandums and Articles are charged separately

Last updated 04th April 2022

LIBYA DOCUMENTATION REQUIREMENTS

Stream 1:

  • Certificate of Origin and Invoice
  • Certificate of Origin only (with a copy of the invoice as a back up)
  • Other document

Stream 2:

  • Certificate of Origin and Invoice + EMBASSY COPY & TRANSLATION
  • Certificate of Origin only (with a copy of the invoice as a back up) + EMBASSY COPY & TRANSLATION
  • Other document + EMBASSY COPY & TRANSLATION
DocumentOriginalCopy
Certificate of origin [(Invoice Value in £) / 1000] + 50£50
Invoice£50£50
Other document£50£50
  • Value of invoice in pound sterling to be typed in box 11 of the Certificate of Origin.
  • Legalised documents are required to be translated into Arabic.

Last updated 16th august 2021

MAURITANIA DOCUMENTATION REQUIREMENTS

Stream 1:

  • Certificate of Origin and Invoice
  • Certificate of Origin only with a copy of the invoice as a back up
  • Other document

Stream 2: Not applicable

Last updated 16th august 2021

MOROCCO DOCUMENTATION REQUIREMENTS

Stream 1:

  • Certificate of Origin and Invoice
  • Certificate of Origin only with a copy of the invoice as a back up
  • Other document

Stream 2: Not applicable . The embassy legalisation is not required. Instead, all document(s) must be legalised by the FCDO. Note that ABCC certification is still required.

Last updated 16th august 2021

OMAN DOCUMENTATION REQUIREMENTS

Stream 1: Certificate of Origin and Invoice / Other Documents

Stream 2: Certificate of Origin and Invoice / Other Documents
The embassy will not legalise any document that has the FCDO Apostille.

DocumentOriginalCopy
Certificate of origin£60£30
Invoice
Invoice $1 - $10,000£150£75
Invoice $10,000 - $50,000£210£105
Invoice $50,000 - $100,000£300£150
Invoice above $100,000£450£225
Other Document
Commercial power of attorney£180.00£90.00
General Power of Attorney£60.00£30.00
Authorisation of Agent£180.00£90.00
Commercial Contract£120.00£60.00
Distribution Agreement£120.00£60.00
Letter of Appointment£120.00£60.00
Article of association£120.00£60.00
Deed of Assignment£120.00£60.00
Registration of company£120.00£60.00
Certificate of declaration£90.00£90.00
Certificate of change of name£90.00£90.00
Certificate of free sale£90.00£90.00
Bank statement£90.00£90.00
Health certificate£90.00£90.00
Medicine certificate£90.00£90.00
Certificate of analysis£90.00£90.00
Company act £90.00£90.00
Replacement of lost document£90.00£90.00
Academic education certificate£30.00£30.00
Experience / reference certificate£90.00£90.00
Packing list£90.00£90.00

PALESTINE DOCUMENTATION REQUIREMENTS

Stream 1:

  • Certificate of Origin and Invoice
  • Other document

Stream 2:

  • Certificate of Origin and Invoice
  • Other document
DocumentOriginalCopy
Certificate of origin £80£80
Invoice£80£80
Other document£80£80

ODs must be legalised by the FCDO before being authenticated by the Mission

Last updated 16th august 2021

QATAR DOCUMENTATION REQUIREMENTS

Stream 1: Not applicable

Stream 2: Certificate of Origin and Invoice / Other Documents

DocumentOriginalCopy
Certificate of origin£33£33
Invoice GBP
£0 - £3,333£111£111
£3,334 - £22,222£222£222
£22,223 - £55,556£556£556
£55,557 - £222,222£1,111£1,111
above 222,222invoice value x 0.006invoice value x 0.006
Invoice EURO
0 - 3,846£111£111
3,847 - 25,641£222£222
25,642 - 64,103£556£556
64,104 - 256,410£1,111£1,111
above 256,410[(inv value x 3.90) x 0.006] / 4.5[(inv value x 3.90) x 0.006] / 4.5
Invoice US DOLLAR
0 - 4,109£111£111
4,110 - 27,396£222£222
27,397 - 68,489£556£556
68,490 - 273,958£1,111£1,111
above 273,958[(inv value x 3.6502) x 0.006]/ 4.5[(inv value x 3.6502) x 0.006]/ 4.5
Invoice Q.A.R
0 - 15,000£111£111
15,001 - 100,000£222£222
100,001 - 250,000£556£556
250,001 - 1,000,000£1,111£1,111
above 1,000,000(inv value x 0.006) / 4.5(inv value x 0.006) / 4.5
Other documentsOriginalCopy
Commercial Contracts£33£33
Certificates of Registration or Incorporation£33£33
Company Record of Achievement£33£33
Company Trade or Financial Reports£33£33
Memorandum and Articles of Association£33£33
Certificate of Goods Standing£33£33
Commercial Powers of Attorney£33£33
Assignment or Authorisation for Registering
Trademarks and Patents
£33£33
Assignment or Authorisation for the Purpose
of Transferring or Selling Commercial Shares
£33£33
An Undertaking Certificate£33£33
Product Price £33£33
Packing list£33£33
Health certificate£22£22
Export health certificate£22£22
Export declaration£22£22
Halal certificate£22£22
Radiation analysis certificate£22£22
Radiation analysis certificate£22£22
Environmental certificate£22£22
Certificate of free sale£22£22
Declaration of origin£22£22
Declaration of origin£22£22
Declaration of origin£22£22
Other commercial documents£33£33

Note: For the rounding of decimals, please round up to the nearest pound

  • For food and drink shipments, it is a requirement that a health certificate, radiation analysis certificate or halal certificate (whichever is applicable) is submitted for legalisation along with the corresponding Arab-British Certificate of Origin and invoice.
  • Health certificates, radiation analysis certificates, halal certificates or any other certificates relating to food/drink safety, cannot be submitted for legalisation on their own. They must accompany their corresponding Arab-British Certificate of Origin and invoice, and all three documents are to be legalised.

Last updated 04th April 2022

SAUDI DOCUMENTATION REQUIREMENTS

Stream 1: Certificate of Origin and Invoice / Other Documents

Stream 2: Other Documents Only

DocumentOriginalCopy
Other document - Enjazz receipt£17.40 (incl. Saudi form fee)£17.40 (incl. Saudi form fee)

All ODs submitted for legalisation must be presented to the FCDO.

Documents with liabilities such as contracts, agreements, powers of attorney will require supplementary evidence from the signatories of these documents by way of copy of passport from the UK signatory and ID number for Saudi nationals.

Last updated 04th April 2022

SOMALIA DOCUMENTATION REQUIREMENTS

Stream 1:

  • Certificate of Origin and Invoice
  • Certificate of Origin only with a copy of the invoice as a back up
  • Other document

Stream 2: Not applicable

Last updated 16th august 2021

SUDAN DOCUMENTATION REQUIREMENTS

Stream 1:

  • Certificate of Origin and Invoice
  • Other document

Stream 2:

  • Certificate of Origin and Invoice
  • Other document
DocumentFee
Certificate of origin (Original & Copy)£155
Invoice in GBP (Original & Copy)£155 + [(Invoice in £) x 0.005]
Invoice in Foreign Currencies (Original & Copy)£155 [(Invoice value / currency rate) x 0.005]
Other Document (Original & Copy)
Commercial Certificate£155
Power of Attorney£40
Exporters Certificate and their Agents£155
Importers Certificate and their Agents£155
Agreements between companies£230
Documents for setting up companies£230
Manufacturing Certificate£155
Health Certificate and Analysis Certificate£230
Radiation free Certificate£75
Medical certificates£40

Note: For the rounding of decimals, please round up to the nearest pound

All ODs submitted for legalisation must be presented to the FCDO.

Last updated 16th august 2021

SYRIA DOCUMENTATION REQUIREMENTS

Stream 1:

  • Certificate of Origin and Invoice
  • Other document

Stream 2: Not applicable

Last updated 16th august 2021

TUNISIA DOCUMENTATION REQUIREMENTS

Stream 1:

  • Certificate of Origin and Invoice
  • Certificate of Origin only with a copy of the invoice as a back up
  • Other document

Stream 2:

  • Certificate of Origin and Invoice
  • Certificate of Origin only with a copy of the invoice as a back up
  • Other document
DocumentFee
Certificate of Origin (Original & Copy)£85
Invoice (Original & Copy)£85
All other document (Original & Copy)£85

Last updated 16th august 2021

UAE DOCUMENTATION REQUIREMENTS

Stream 1: Not applicable

Stream 2:

  • Certificate of Origin and Invoice
  • Other document + EMBASSY COPY
DocumentFee
Certificate of Origin Original & Copy£37.50
Invoice Original      
Value in €Value in $Value in £Fee
FromToFromToFromTo
0.50 €2,466.50 €$0.50$2,500£0.50£1,250£25
2,467.00 €7,400.00 €$2,500.50$7,500£1,250.50£3,750£50
7,400.50 €14,800.00 €$7,500.50$15,000£3,750.50£7,500£100
14,800.50 €22,200.00 €$15,000.50$22,500£7,500.50£11,250£150
22,200.50 €37,000.00 €$22,500.50$37,500£11,250.50£18,750£200
37,000.50 €61,666.50 €$37,500.50$62,500£18,750.50£31,250£250
61,667.00 €123,333.00 €$62,500.50$125,000£31,250.50£62,500£375
123,334.00 €246,666.50 €$125,000.50$250,000£62,500.50£125,000£375
246,667.00 €493,333.00 €$250,000.50$500,000£125,000.50£250,000£500
Invoice copy£37.50
Other document (Original & Copy)Fee
Packing list *£37.50
Employment Contract£37.50
Court Issued Certificate£37.50
Document of Fingerprint£37.50
Good Conduct Certificate£37.50
Work Experience Certificate£37.50
Other Personal document£37.50
A commercial agency attested before£500
A commercial agency to franchise a product to be sold inside the country£500
A decision of board of director / Meeting Minutes£500
Achievements of projects that have been completed each individually£500
Agreements£500
Any copy of the trading license£500
Article of association£500
Cancel Commercial Licenses£500
Cancelling commercial agency£500
Certificate of Good Standing£500
Commercial brand£500
Commercial agency£500
Commercial licenses£500
Company Capital£500
Company Closed£500
Company set up contract£500
Company commercial registrar£500
Corporate financial budget of each fiscal year£500
End-user certificate£500
Entering a new partner£500
Financial Statement£500
Free Sale Certificate£500
ISO Certificate£500
Partner withdrawal£500
Patent registration£500
Pledged certificate to open a branch of a company£500
Price List£500
Private or public commercial agency (extraction a licenses / appointing manager / open a branch / quotas circuit)£500
Recording a new product£500
Other Commercial documents£500

* Packing list: if submitted alone must be presented to FCDO first.
If accompanied with C/O and invoice, FCDO is not necessary.

  • All ODs submitted for legalisation must be presented to the FCDO, or other relevant local authority (such as the Governors’ Offices of Jersey, Guernsey & Isle of Man, Irish Apostille, Iceland Apostille – BVI Apostille is not accepted).
  • Power of attorney and similar legal documents must be original and signed in the presence of a UK notary public prior to submission to the FCDO.
  • Documents apostilled in a bundle are not accepted. They must be attested separately with separate payments.
  • Memorandum and articles of association documents must be attested separately with separate payments.

Last updated 16th august 2021

YEMEN DOCUMENTATION REQUIREMENTS

Stream 1:

  • Certificate of Origin and Invoice
  • Other document

Stream 2:

  • Certificate of Origin and Invoice
  • Other document
DocumentOriginalCopy
Certificate of origin£200£200
Invoice (over £60,000 an extra £20 for every £10,000)£400£300
Other Document
Packing list£200£100
General Power of Attorney£400£400
Distribution Agreement£400£400
Commercial Assignment deed£400£400
Certificate of change of name£400£400
Certificate of free sale£400£400
Health certificate£400£400
Medicine certificate£400£400
Certificate of analysis / Conformity£400£400
Company act / Registration of Company£400£400
Certificate of incorporation£400£400
Price certificate£400£400
Certificate of Manufacturer£400£400
Setting up trading agency in Yemen£400£400
Endorsement of contract£400£400
Endorsement of trade mark certificate£300£300
Endorsement of commercial certificate£300£300
Endorsement of quality certificate£300£300
Endorsement of arbitration documents relating to amicable resolution of
commercial disputes
£300£300
Endorsement of translation of commercial contracts and agreements£200£200
Endorsement of marine transport documents£400£400
Endorsement of cargo manifest£400£400
Court rulings£200£200
Bond resolution£400£400
Letter of credit, banking draft, banking certificate for opening a bank
account or confirming existing of a bank account
£400£400

All ODs submitted for legalisation must be presented to the FCDO, or other relevant local authority (such as the Governors’ Offices of Jersey, Guernsey & Isle of Man, British Overseas Territories).

Last updated 16th august 2021

Arab British Certificate of Origin

An Arab Certificate of Origin is issued for goods that are being sold and permanently exported to Arab League countries. The Chamber uses this unique, bilingual (English/Arabic) Certificate of Origin which conforms to international regulations and is accepted by all governments. Swift processing of documentation is ensured by the Chamber’s nationwide network consisting of Agent Chambers who verify documents prior to submission to the ABCC for certification.

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