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Filipinos in UAE warned against selling, distributing cooked food without permit


DUBAI – Filipinos in the UAE have been warned against selling or distributing cooked food without a permit as the emirates saw a proliferation of social media posts advertising home cooked meals amid the coronavirus pandemic.

In a recent video interview, Philippine Consul General Paul Raymund Cortes warned Filipinos against selling or distributing cooked meals without obtaining necessary permits.

“[I know our compatriots are] very eager to help our fellow kababayans but of course we have to keep in mind that the UAE has very strict laws on food selling,” Cortes said.

The business activity “has to have proper clearances from the Ministry of Health and with Department of Economic Development,” he added.

“So [if we don’t have license] to distribute food or cooked meals, please let’s refrain or think about other ways we can help our kababayans. Again this is the law and policy of the UAE,” Cortes said.

Up to Dh500,000 fine for online selling without license in UAE

Under UAE law, selling items on social media without a license can invite a fine of up to Dh500,000. Sellers need to have a trade license in order to carry out commercial activities online.

Individuals conducting online selling without official approval or license put themselves at risk of incurring fines and possible criminal sanctions.

To get a license for selling goods online, residents need to obtain an e-commerce license from the Department of Economic Development. ICA/Expat Media

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