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International Trade and Free Zones
International Trade and Free Zones
International trade: VAT on cross border and free zone transactions
VAT is here!

VAT is a consumption based tax and the GCC VAT is applicable on certain transactions where goods or services are consumed within the GCC.
In this course participants will get an insight into how VAT should be accounted for with respect to cross border transactions, both between different countries within the GCC and trading with entities outside the GCC.

1 day
CPE credits
CPE credits
International Trade and Free Zones

This course will help participants gain an insight into the VAT treatment within designated zones. By the end of this course they have will have a greater understanding of the meaning of International Trade 

International Trade and Free Zones

PwC has a proven track record of helping solve tomorrow’s problems today and at the heart of that is our belief in the importance of training. We aim to equip you with the knowledge and skills to embrace the many challenges of this new regime.

Our global network of expert professionals bring their knowledge and practical experience, gained from working within leading organisations, including many in jurisdictions with established VAT systems, into the classroom to give an insight into the commercial and practical realities of working with VAT.

It is of vital importance to prepare early. Our award winning Academy has a proven track record in finance and business training, and 100% pass rates* in our tax professional qualifications, so we can support our client’s business and people in preparation for January 2018, and beyond.

Practical learning. Using practical examples, quizzes and case studies, and supplemented by e-learning support tools, our courses enhance the learning experience and help improve retention and on-the-job application.

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International Trade and Free Zones

This course is suitable for directors, department heads, chief financial officers, and entrepreneurs. It will also benefit any individual who works in the finance or tax department of the organisation or is involved in VAT implementation and compliance.

We have the following discount options available:

  • 5%  Early bird 
  • 10% Professional body/ Corporate discount 
  • 15% Group discount: 3-4 people- Corporate and self paid 
  • 20% Bulk discount (5 or more)
*Terms and conditions apply
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Course structure

Participants will get a clear understanding of:

The meaning of International Trade

  • Trading with countries outside the GCC
  • Trading with countries within the GCC
  • The concept of Distance Selling
  • Intra GCC movement of goods

Supply of Goods and Services

  • How to determine the place of supply rules for goods
  • How to determine the place of supply for services
  • The concept of place of residence, place of establishment and fixed establishment

The reverse charge mechanism and the recoverability of input Tax

Trading within Designated Zones – Free Zones

Documentation requirements with respect to cross border transactions

Practical scenarios and Case studies: Illustrative examples and their VAT treatment

Can input VAT on imports and acquisitions from GCC countries be reclaimed


There are no scheduled dates for this course. Fill out the form to check future dates or deliver the course in-house

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