Update on shipping to Qatar

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If you sell to the Middle East you should be aware that deliveries to Qatar are getting a little more difficult. Neighbouring countries such as Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates along with other countries are cutting ties with the Arab country and all postal services have been suspended until further notice.

Whilst shipping directly to Qatar shouldn’t be impacted by their neighbours actions it’s worth noting that the list of prohibited items to the country is relatively large and includes a wide range of goods varying from printed books, newspapers, pictures to clothing and even toys, games and sports equipment and photographic equipment. Looking at the range of banned items that can’t be sent by mail it’s likely that products from most sellers would be illegal to export to Qatar even under normal circumstances.

There are a number of companies such as Borderlinx who specialise in enabling residents of Qatar to purchase on sites like eBay (even if the merchant doesn’t ship to Qatar). This should cause an issue for online sellers as they’ll ship to a virtual shipping address and in most circumstances you won’t even realise the product you are supplying is destined for the Middle East.

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