Data Quality Update – HS codes required in UAE from 29 February 2024
Dear all,

Effective February 29th, 2024, UAE customs requires a 6 digit HS code for all shipments imported into, exported from, or transiting through the United Arab Emirates.
DHL Aviation customers must send compliant FWB and FHLs prior to tendering cargo.

* Consolidated Shipments: the HS code must be specified at the House level (HTS line in the FHL/XFZB).
* Direct Shipments: the HS code must be indicated at the Master level (NH line in the FWB/XFWB).

We would like to remind our customers that Customs Authorities require:

  1. Full line item
  2. HS code per line item
  3. Valid goods description (non-generic and accurate). Guidelines on what constitutes an acceptable and unacceptable description can be found on our website.


At DHL Aviation we recognise the importance of compliant electronic data messaging in the efficient and secure handling of your cargo. We request your full support in this important matter and look forward to a much improved data quality environment, delivering improved service quality as a result.

Below are the necessary guidance and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) provided by the UAE NAIC to assist you in complying with these new requirements.

UAE NAIC HS Code Requirements

If you require further clarification then please do not hesitate to contact us.

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