Gulf News (United Arab Emirates), 11 September 2023: The UAE’s Economy Ministry has issued a Decision specifying the administrative penalties which will be imposed for Commercial Agency Law (Federal Decree-Law No. 3/2022) violations.
Among other penalties under Cabinet Decision No. 89/2023, an international business who sells its goods and services to entities or individuals other than the contracted commercial agent will receive a warning first and may then be fined between 100,000 and AED 400,000. Their goods may also be seized by UAE Customs.
In addition, other offences may see a warning given first and then fines of between 100,000 and 200,000 AED imposed. Goods may also be seized by UAE Customs.
Some repeat offences could see offenders fined up to 400,000 AED.
In addition, the new legislation will apply automatically to existing commercial agency contracts drafted before the new Commercial Agency Law came into force in June. Only contracts not being renewed or being terminated early will be exempt..
The Cabinet Decision has been published in the Official Gazette.
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