UAE Excise Tax List

UAE Excise Tax List

Complete UAE Excise Tax List

Federal Tax Authority (FTA) has issued a complete list of excise tax in UAE along with the standard excise tax rate on all the excise goods. The goods that will be charged under excise tax in UAE will be:

UAE excise tax rate

Carbonated Drinks

This includes any aerated beverage and any concentrations, powder, gel, or extracts intended to be made into an aerated beverage. Carbonated drinks are subject to 50% excise tax in UAE. Unflavored aerated water is exempted.

Tobacco and Tobacco products

Federal Tax Authority (FTA) has levied 100% excise tax on all kinds of tobacco products. These products include:

  • Cigarettes
  • Cigarette rag
  • Chewing tobacco
  • Cigars
  • Cigarillo
  • Hand rolling tobacco
  • Expanded tobacco
  • Herbal smoking products
  • Reconstituted tobacco sheets
  • Snuff

Energy drinks

Any beverages which are marketed, or sold as an energy drink, and contains stimulant substances that provide mental and physical stimulation or includes caffeine, taurine, ginseng and guarana, will fall in this category. 

Substances that have similar effects as the ones mentioned above and any concentrations, powder, gel or extracts intended to be made into an energy enhancing drink will also be levied with 100% excise tax.

Electronic smoking devices and tools

Electronic smoking devices and tools shall include all electronic smoking devices and tools and the like, whether or not containing nicotine or tobacco.

All liquid used in electronic smoking devices and tools used in such devices even if they contain nicotine or not will be levied 100% excise tax.

Sweetened Drinks

If a sugar or sweetener is added in the product, it will be considered as ‘sweetened drinks’ and will be levied 50% excise tax.

Source of sugar includes white sugar, soft white sugar, powdered sugar, soft brown sugar and glucose syrup. Whereas sweeteners include saccharin and its salts, aspartame, sorbitol, and neotame.

  • A ready to drink beverage or
  • Concentrates, powders, gel, extracts or any other similar product that can be made into a sweetened drink

Sweetened drinks that are excluded from Excise Tax

  • Ready to drink beverages that contain at least 75% milk or its substitutes
  • Baby formula, follow up formula or baby food
  • Handling of Foods for Special Medical Purposes
  • consumed for special dietary needs
  • Beverages which include alcohol
UAE Excise Tax List

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