Commercial Document Attestation


Commercial document attestation involves authenticating corporate documents like trade licences, establishment cards, and powers of attorney for legal recognition in foreign countries. The process starts with a Chamber of Commerce attestation, necessary for documents issued in the UAE, performed by an authorised company representative. Subsequently, the document must be attested by the destination country's embassy within the issuing country. For countries part of the Hague Convention (apostille countries), an apostille legalisation is usually sufficient for recognition in member countries. For instance, UK commercial documents can be accepted in the US with apostille legalisation after Chamber of Commerce attestation.

Here is a list of commercial documents commonly attested in the UAE:

  • Trade Licence
  • Establishment Card
  • Power of Attorney
  • Memorandum of Association
  • Commercial Contracts
  • Invoices and bills
  • Financial Documents
  • Trademark Registration
  • Certificates of Origin
  • Export and Import Declarations
  • Commercial Agreements
  • Commercial Invoices

What is an attested commercial document invoice?

An attested commercial invoice is a verified and officially certified document that confirms the authenticity of a commercial transaction. It is typically required for international trade and legal purposes, ensuring that the invoice's details are accurate and legally recognised by relevant authorities and foreign countries.

What are commercial document invoices, and how do you prepare them?

A commercial invoice is a legal document prepared by the seller for international trade transactions. It provides a detailed breakdown of the goods or services sold, including their description, quantity, price, and payment terms. This invoice is essential for customs clearance and helps determine the correct duties and taxes. Typically, the seller, who is also the exporter, prepares the commercial invoice to accompany the shipment.

What is the process for commercial document attestation on the MOFAIC website?

The main points for attesting a commercial invoice in MOFAIC (Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation) in the UAE are:

  • Prepare the original commercial invoice.
  • Get Chamber of Commerce attestation.
  • Visit MOFAIC or use their online portal.
  • Fill out the application form.
  • Submit the required documents.
  • Pay attestation fees.
  • Check the processing time.
  • Collect an attested document.
  • Consider embassy attestation if needed.

What is the cost of commercial document attestation in the UAE?

Commercial document attestation in the UAE is priced at 2000 AED per document. It's important to note that fees can vary based on the type of document and additional services required.

How do I process commercial document attestation in the UAE?

  • Notarization: Begin by notarizing your commercial documents with a UAE Notary Public to verify their authenticity.
  • Verification from the Chamber of Commerce: Submit your notarized documents to the regional Chamber of Commerce in the UAE for examination and stamping.
  • MoFAIC Attestation: After Chamber of Commerce verification, proceed to MoFAIC attestation for your documents.
  • Embassy Attestation: The final step involves attestation by the embassy of the destination country where you intend to use the documents. Submit your paperwork for review and stamping.

How to process commercial invoice attestation (Via eDAS)

  1. Log in to the eDAS portal.
  2. Select "Commercial Invoice Attestation."
  3. Upload the required documents.
  4. Pay the attestation fees online.
  5. Track the status of your request on eDAS.
  6. Receive the attested commercial invoice electronically.

In summary, commercial document attestation is a vital process for businesses looking to use their corporate documents internationally. It involves multiple steps, including Chamber of Commerce attestation, Embassy attestation, and possibly Apostille Legalisation, depending on the destination country's requirements. Choosing a reputable partner like Stanford Global Attestation is essential to ensuring the smooth and secure attestation of your valuable documents.

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