Required Trade Documents

Certain business documents, such as company registration papers, must be in Arabic. There have been moves to require that all correspondence with the Omani government be in Arabic; as of mid-2000 this was not enforced across the board, though putting documents in Arabic will assist in speeding processing.

All Shipments

Commercial invoice:
The original commercial invoice must be legalized by consular officials if the shipment is valued at more than USD 2,500.

The invoice should contain the following:

  • Exact description of the goods,

  • Weights, quantities; and

  • Values.

  • Statement regarding origin country of products and a “true and correct” statement should be endorsed on the invoice.

The invoice must be certified by the appropriate chamber of commerce.

Certificate of origin:
Required for all shipment valued at more than $2,500 (the original certificate of origin only). The certificate of origin must be certified by the appropriate chamber of commerce.

Bill of lading: (or the Airway bill in case of cargo).
It should be detailed (Shipper, address, consignee, port, charges, goods, date,..etc), endorsed and certified by the related body or the Chamber of Commerce in the country of origin and corresponds to what is shown on the invoices and packages.

Special documents:

Health certificate:
Required for shipments of some food products including vegetables & fruits, seeds and cereals from the government authorities in the country of origin. Plants and plant products must be approved by agriculture quarantine authorities. During importation, if the plants or plant products are found to be damaged by a higher percentage of what is allowed by law, the shipment will be destroyed with no compensation or return to exporter.

Shipments of animals, meat, and related products, also require a medical certificate from authorities/vet declaring that they are fit for shipping. Besides, all edible meat & poultry must have a certificate called “HALAL” stating that animals were slaughtered according to Islam procedure.

Imported animals should also be accompanied with reports certifying that they disease free and have not been contacted or passed by diseased area during shipment. All documents should be submitted to health authorities by the importer immediately upon arrival of shipment.

Certificate of conformity:
A certificate of conformity regarding compliance with Omani standards in general and GCC standards in particular is required for all types of transportation vehicles like cars, …etc and house hold electrical equipment.

General Certificate: Assurance that the shipment complies with Israel boycott law adopted by all Arab Countries.