Organization of trade under the
UAE flag

Conduct an international trade business from a tax-free jurisdiction. Leverage the
possibilities of transfer pricing, re-invoicing and participating in tenders to optimize your
business processes.

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The UAE provides unique opportunities for international trade through its business-friendly taxation, freedom of capital movement, absence of inflation, guarantees of investment protection and strict confidentiality, favorable geographic location and the country’s prestige on the world stage. SORP Group specialists will help you to gain an understanding of the legislation’s nuances and select the best solutions for successful trade under the UAE flag.

Setting up a trading business in the UAE will
open up new prospects. You can:

transfer pricing

The ability to capitalize on profits to
the maximum within the group.

Use international

Related to the protection of mutual
investments, free trade, avoidance
of double taxation.

Use reinvoicing

Apply legal price regulation to withdraw
profits based on secure business structures
and a control center in the UAE.

Obtain complex

Potential to obtain trade licenses
for difficult-to-license goods
(tobacco, pharmaceuticals, etc.)

in tenders

Present a positive consolidated
financial history to qualify as a
serious bidder.

Create a unified
settlement center

Optimize the activities of the entire
international business: payments for third
parties, offsetting mutual claims.

The uniqueness of the UAE jurisdiction for
international trading companies

Tax-free regime

No corporate taxes when conducting
international activities and no personal
income tax.

Wide sales market

Common customs space within the 6 GCC
countries, free trade agreements.

Tax residency

All business owners can apply for tax resident
status and receive protection from
information exchange.

Respectability of jurisdiction

Despite its tax-free jurisdiction, the UAE is not
included in any of the "black" and "gray" lists of
the OECD and FATF.


Guaranteed anonymity of data on foreign
business people. No exchange of tax

Financial comfort

Lack of currency control, freedom of
movement of funds, simplified KYC procedure
for transactions in dirhams

Available licenses for trading activities
from the UAE

Licensing is obligatory for any business in the United Arab Emirates. Your license in the UAE is a "business card" for banks
and counterparties all over the world, and for the state it is a form of control over the activities of your company.


Licenses for the sale of various food products, including
agricultural products.

Construction Materials

Licenses for the sale of all types of building materials
and components for the implementation of construction and
installation work.

Non-food products

Licenses for the sale of non-food consumer goods and
textile products.

Oil and petroleum products

Licenses for trade in oil and oil products (gasoline,
kerosene, fuel oil, diesel fuel, oils and other refined

Industrial equipment

Licenses for the sale of equipment for the food industry,
plastic industry, oil refining and some other industries.

Precious metals and jewelry

Licenses for the sale of ores, ingots and alloys of
precious metals, precious stones and various jewelry.

Manufacturing raw materials

Licenses for selling certain mineral ores, pulpwood and
other raw materials for various industries.

Medicines and chemicals

Licenses for the sale of medicines, protective equipment
and various products of the chemical industry.

SORP Group solutions for efficient trading under the UAE flag

Local company for complex

Ample opportunity for domestic
or international trade and ease of
opening accounts with leading
UAE banks

Company in FTZ for

Creation of consolidated goods
warehouses, application of zero
customs duties for the import
and re-export of goods

Acquisition of an existing

Turnkey solution for generating
profits as well as for building
business schemes or corporate

Beneficiary concealment

Construction of tiered structures to
protect shareholders, including
elements of an Arab trust tool


Provision of a technical director
with limited rights to perform
various functional corporate tasks

bank accounts

Through close cooperation with
UAE banks and knowing their
process to assist in passing KYC

The global trend towards increased control over business leaves fewer legal methods to minimize the tax burden, optimize cash flows and allocate funds to accounts. To minimize the risk of your international activity being deemed “suspicious” or not legitimate, and possibly having bank accounts suspended, we recommend that you comply with legal requirements to confirm your Economic Presence (ESR) in the UAE.

Integrated solutions for international trade
activities from the UAE

Business hypothesis

Proving the concept provides the
rationale to choose the correct
license, launch a business, and
implement a strategy - with the
potential to expand internationally


Analysis of legal international tax
planning methods based on many
previous successful cases, thereby
offering you optimal solutions for a
tax-free business

Dubai business

SORP business center provides
office space for young businesses
and startups seeking licenses as
well as proof that control and
management occurs in the UAE.

tax planning

Individually tailored solutions for
international business that deliver
more efficient tax optimization
schemes based on UAE legislation

Registration of
tax residency

Support in obtaining a tax domicile
certificate as proof of compliance
with the requirements of belonging
to the UAE tax jurisdiction

Confirmation of
economic presence

Proof that the center of control and
management is at the company’s
registered address and operations
belong in the UAE jurisdiction

Success factors for trading
under the UAE flag

  • Tax freedom

    International trade activities, including re-export, are tax-free. The absence of taxes allows you to extract the maximum profit and create effective trading schemes on world markets. In the international ranking of fiscal freedom for 2020, the United Arab Emirates is in fourth place with an index of 99.

  • Favorable geographical location

    The location at the intersection of global logistics and trade routes, combined with the country's high-quality infrastructure, has made the United Arab Emirates one of the key international transport and trade hubs of global importance, connecting the East and West, and the gateway to the Middle East and North Africa market.

  • High reputation of the country in the world business arena

    The United Arab Emirates enjoys a well-deserved reputation in the global economy. In the IMD 2020 ratings, the UAE ranked 9th in the world in terms of economic competitiveness and 14th in digital. The country’s prestige increases the credibility of companies based here and provides them with access to participate in international tenders and projects.

  • Favorable conditions for doing business

    The regulatory and legal environment of the UAE provides a comfortable environment for creating companies and organizing their activities. In terms of ease of doing business, the Emirates is ranked 1st among the countries of the Middle East and North Africa and 16th in the world, with high indices in many categories, including the level of protection for minority investors.

  • International trade agreements

    International agreements create favorable conditions for foreign trade activities under the UAE flag. The Emirates are part of the common customs space of the GCC and are bound by free trade agreements with the EFTA countries, Singapore and New Zealand. It is in the process of concluding similar agreements with the EU, Mercosur, Australia, Japan, and a number of other countries.

  • Developed transport infrastructure

    The country has 8 cargo airports and 15 sea trade ports, two of which are rated in the world TOP 50. The UAE is ranked 10th in the world in terms of the quality of its trade and transport infrastructure. The wide use of the latest digital technologies provides a high degree of automation of loading and unloading operations, warehousing and cargo handling.

The UAE is not considered by the world community as a “gray” offshore zone with questionable tax rules. The country is not included in any OECD or FATF black or gray lists, has joined the Automatic Exchange of Tax Information Standard (CRS) and enjoys full trust and recognition from major international institutions.

SORP Group offers the benefits of many years of
experience to resolve complex business issues

Comprehensive services

SORP offers comprehensive support for acquired companies and their shareholders: from licensing, maintaining Bank accounts to obtaining the status of a tax resident of the country

Individual approach

Your requirements are unique. That is why we treat every business individually to tailor the right services to achieve your priorities.

15 years of successful work

We have helped thousands of clients acquire, build and develop businesses in the UAE

Banking support

Assistance in choosing a bank that is suitable for your purposes, support with bank accounts opening and passing KYC procedures (know your customer).

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