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Article 51 - Designated zones

Designated zones


1. Any Designated Zone specified by a decision of the Cabinet shall be treated as being outside the State and outside the Implementing States, subject to the following conditions:


a. The Designated Zone is a specific fenced geographic area and has security measures and Customs controls in place to monitor entry and exit of individuals and movement of goods to and from the area.


b. The Designated Zone shall have internal procedures regarding the method of keeping, storing and processing of Goods therein.


c. The operator of the Designated Zone complies with the procedures set by the Authority.


2. Where the Designated Zone changes the manner of operating or no longer meets any of the conditions imposed on it that led to it being specified as a Designated Zone under the Cabinet Decision, it shall be treated as if being inside the State.


3. The transfer of Goods between Designated Zones shall not be subject to Tax if the following two conditions are met:


a. Where the Goods, or part thereof, are not released, and are not in any way used or altered during the transfer between the Designated Zones.


b. Where the transfer is undertaken in accordance with the rules for customs suspension according to GCC Common Customs Law.


4. Where Goods are moved between Designated Zones, the Authority may require the owner of the Goods to provide a financial guarantee for the payment of Tax, which that Person may become liable for should the conditions for movement of Goods not be met.


5. Where a supply of Goods is made within a Designated Zone to a Person to be consumed by him or another person, then the place of supply shall be the State unless the Goods are to be incorporated into, attached to or otherwise form part of or are used in the production of another Good located in the same Designated Zone and itself is not consumed.


6. The Place of supply of Services is considered to be inside the State if the place of supply is in the Designated Zone.


7. The Place of supply of water or any form of energy shall be considered to be inside the State if the place of supply is in a Designated Zone.


8. Goods located in a Designated Zone which the owner has not paid Tax on will be treated as Imported into the State by the owner if:


a. The Goods are consumed by the owner unless the Goods are incorporated into, attached to or otherwise form part of or are used in the production of another Good located in a Designated Zone which itself is not consumed.


b. The Goods are unaccounted for.


9. Any Person established, registered or which has a Place of Residence in a Designated Zone shall be deemed to have a Place of Residence in the State for the purposes of the Decree-Law. 
 

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