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What happens when companies do not have
Exit Certificates?

An Exit Certificate for Goods is an official document issued by UAE ports to confirm that all goods being exported have met all the necessary requirements and standards for departure. It is also known as a Customs Exit Certificate or a Shipment Release Certificate, and it is mandatory for every shipment to obtain this certificate before leaving any UAE port.

The Exit Certificate serves as proof that the shipment has fulfilled all the legal and administrative requirements and has complied with all the rules and regulations of the port authorities. It confirms that the goods have been inspected, cleared for export, and that all relevant taxes, duties and fees have been paid.

Overall, the Exit Certificate is a crucial document that helps to ensure the safety and compliance of goods leaving UAE ports and plays an essential role in facilitating international trade and business operations.

If companies do not have the Exit Certificates for ships or goods, they may face various consequences depending on the specific circumstances and the severity of the non-compliance.

Here are some potential consequences:

  • Delay in Departure: The port authorities may refuse to allow the ship or goods to leave the port until all necessary requirements have been met and the Exit Certificate has been obtained.
  • Fines and Penalties: Companies may be fined or penalized for non-compliance, including failure to obtain the required documents or violating any regulations or standards.
  • Legal Action: In severe cases of non-compliance, companies may face legal action, including civil or criminal charges, depending on the nature and severity of the violation.
  • Loss of Reputation: Non-compliance can also result in a loss of reputation and credibility for the company, which could affect its ability to conduct business in the future.
  • Risk of Seizure: In some cases, non-compliance could lead to the seizure of the ship or goods by the port authorities, resulting in further delays and costs for the company.


It is essential for companies to obtain the Exit Certificates for ships and goods to avoid any potential consequences, including delays, fines, legal action, and damage to reputation.

Companies should work closely with freight forwarders or customs brokers to ensure compliance with all applicable regulations and standards and to obtain all necessary documents before departing from UAE ports.

This article was published on  21 April 2023

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