How to associate your Tax Registration Number (TRN) with Dubai Customs
The Federal Tax Authority (FTA) and the UAE Customs Departments have joined forces to streamline the collection of VAT on imported goods. For all businesses registered under VAT, it is imperative to furnish their Tax Registration Number (TRN) to the customs department during the import clearance process. The customs department will then cross-verify the TRN’s validity within their system, granting businesses the privilege to clear imported goods without immediate VAT payment at customs if the TRN is up-to-date and valid.
In simpler terms, if your Tax Registration Number (TRN) is linked with your Customs Registration Code (CRN), you can clear imported goods at customs without VAT payment at the time of import. Instead, you can pay the VAT when filing your VAT Returns for that specific period.
For VAT-registered businesses that have yet to synchronize their TRN with the Customs department, there are several options available to establish this link:
**Option 1:** Update Your Customs Registration Number in the FTA Portal
To do this, access your FTA Profile and log in to the FTA’s e-Services portal using your login credentials. Then proceed to update your Customs Registration Number (CRN) from this URL: [https://eservices.tax.gov.ae/en-us/](https://eservices.tax.gov.ae/en-us/)
**Option 2:** Via the Import Declaration Form (VAT301)
Upon submission of the Import Declaration Form VAT301, the CRN will be automatically updated in the Customs System. Follow these steps to complete the form:
– Log in to the FTA’s e-Services portal using your TRN-associated username and password.
– Navigate to the VAT section on the FTA e-Services Portal and select “VAT301 – Import Declaration Form for VAT Payment.”
– Specify the port of entry, customs declaration number, declaration date, and click ‘Fetch associated registration number’ to auto-populate the TRN number.
– Complete the declaration process and submit the form.
Upon completion, the FTA will electronically update the customs declaration at the customs department to reflect that VAT payment has been made.
**Option 3:** Update Through the Customs Department
Alternatively, you can provide your TRN directly to the customs department office. A customs officer will then log into the e-service portal to verify your TRN. Once verified, the customs department will update your TRN within their system.
Linking your TRN with your CRN is a critical step for VAT-registered businesses, particularly those engaged in frequent imports. This linkage facilitates the swift and hassle-free clearance of goods at customs ports and significantly aids in effective cash flow management.
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