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The Federal Tax Authority (FTA) and the UAE Customs Departments are working in collaboration to collect VAT on the import of goods. All the businesses registered under VAT should provide the Tax Registration Number (TRN) to the customs department in the process of clearing the imported goods. The customs department will verify the validity of Tax Registration Number (TRN) in their system and allow the businesses to clear the imported goods without payment of VAT at customs if TRN is updated and found valid.
In other words, if Tax Registration Number (TRN) is linked with Customs registration code (CRN), it allows the businesses to clear the imported goods without payment of VAT at customs and pay later at the time of filing VAT Returns for that period.
If you are registered under VAT but yet to update TRN with Customs department, the following are the options for you to link your Tax Registration Number (TRN) with Customs Registration Number (CRN).
You can update the Customs Registration Number (CRN) in your FTA Profile. Login to FTA’s e-Services portal using your login credentials and update the CRN from.: https://eservices.tax.gov.ae/en-us/
On submitting the Import Declaration Form VAT301, the CRN will be updated in the Customs System. The following are steps to complete the Import Declaration Form.
Following this process, the FTA will electronically update the customs declaration at the customs department that the VAT payment has been completed.
Using this option, you can provide the TRN to the customs department office. The customs officer will verify the TRN by logging to the e-service portal. Once the officer verifies the TRN, the customs department can update your TRN on the customs department system.
Linking of TRN with CRN is one of the key action for VAT registered businesses, especially for those who are engaged in frequent import of goods. This helps them in the faster and smoother clearance of goods from the customs port and also greatly help in cash flow management.