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Trade in Qatar

Qatar was the world’s 41st largest exporter of goods and 46th largest exporter of commercial services in 2021. Export values were $87.2 and $17.7 billion USD respectively. Qatar’s top export category was fuels and mining products, followed by manufactures, and agricultural products. In 2020, Qatar’s main export destination markets for goods and services trade were to Japan, China and India, with trade representing 90.02 per cent of GDP. In terms of imports, Qatar’s import values were $28.0 and $32.9 billion USD respectively in 2021. Qatar’s top import category was manufactures, followed by agricultural products and fuels and mining products. Leading import partners were the United States, China and the the United Kingdom. Qatar is part of 4 different Regional Trade Agreements, such as EFTA – Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) – Singapore.
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General Information

This section includes general information on the economy, legal system, official languages and links to additional demographic information.

Official Name

State of Qatar

Abbreviation

QA

Capital

Doha

WTO Membership Date

13 January 1996

Legal System

mixed legal system of civil law and Islamic (sharia) law (in family and personal matters)

Language

Arabic

Number of Time Zone(s)

1

Additional Information

Financial Information

This section includes financial information such as the currency, exchange rate lookup and local banks issuing trade finance.

Currency

Qatari riyal

Exchange Rate

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GTFP Confirming Banks

Through the IFC's Global Trade Finance Program (GTFP) bank network, local financial institutions can establish working partnerships with a vast number of major international banks in the Program that can broaden access to finance and reduce cash collateral requirements. This extends and complements the capacity of banks to deliver trade finance by providing risk mitigation on a per-transaction basis in challenging markets where trade lines may be limited.
  • BNP Paribas Qatar - Doha, Qatar - SWIFT: BNPAQAQA

  • ICICI Bank Limited, QFC Branch Doha - Doha, Qatar - SWIFT: ICICQAQA

  • Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Doha - Doha, Qatar - SWIFT: ICBKQAQA

  • The Commercial Bank of Qatar (Q.S.C) - Doha, Qatar - SWIFT: CBQAQAQA

  • Qatar National Bank HO - Doha, Qatar - SWIFT: QNBAQAQA

Contact Information

This section includes contact information for business support organizations and national resources.

Business Support Organizations

Government MSME Agency

  • Qatar Development Bank (QDB)

  • Qatar National Tourism Council

  • Investment Promotion Agency

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  • Ministry of Commerce and Industry

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  • Qatar Business Incubation Centre Tourism

  • Qatar Free Zones Authority (QFZA)

  • Qatar's Central Bank

  • Qatar's Communications Regulatory Authority

  • Tasdeer

  • Tenders and Auction Law

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Copyright Offices

  • Intellectual Property Department

  • Ministry of Commerce and Industry

Industrial Property Offices

  • Patents and Integrated Circuits

  • Intellectual Property Department

  • Ministry of Commerce and Industry

SPS Enquiry Points

Sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) enquiry points are government agencies designated to answer questions about trade requirements.
  • The Ministry of Public Health
    Phone: +(974) 441 7111

    P.O Box 42

TBT Enquiry Points

Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) enquiry points are government agencies designated to answer questions about trade requirements.
  • Qatar General Organization for Standards and Metrology (Q.S)
    Phone: + (974) 40344 555

    P.O. Box 23277
    Doha

    [email protected]

Additional Information

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Links to other helpful resources

This section includes additional links to trade-related resources.

National Tariff Finder

https://www.ecustoms.gov.qa/qccsw/jsf/tariff/EXPublicHSCodeSearch.jsf

Last Reviewed: June, 2023

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