How to Start a Fruit And Vegetable Trading Business in Dubai with Meydan Free Zone?

Nicky Peng

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Fruits and vegetable trading in Dubai refers to buying, selling, importing, exporting, and distributing fresh, preserved, or dried produce. Trading Fruits and vegetables involves sourcing fruits and vegetables from various local and international suppliers and selling them through different channels to meet the demand of consumers, businesses, and the hospitality sector.

4721.01 – Retail sale of Fresh or preserved Fruit and vegetables

Apply for a business license under Retail sale of food in specialized stores and choose business activity Retail sale of Fresh or preserved Fruit and vegetables with activity code 4721.01.

The retail sale of fresh or preserved fruit and vegetables refers to selling these food items directly to customers in a retail setting. It involves offering a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables and preserved or processed forms to consumers.

Fresh fruit and vegetables are unprocessed, natural produce typically sold in its raw state. This includes many items such as apples, oranges, bananas, berries, leafy greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, and more. Preserved fruit and vegetables, however, undergo processing or preservation techniques to extend their shelf life and make them available longer. This can include canning, freezing, drying, pickling, or juicing.

As a retailer, you can typically procure your stock from wholesalers, distributors, farms, and suppliers. You can operate in various retail formats, including grocery stores, supermarkets, farmers’ markets, specialized fruit and vegetable stores, or online platforms.

Inclusions

The Retail Sale of Fresh or Preserved Fruit and Vegetable trading license from Meydan Free Zone allows you to retail a wide range of food products. Your license covers the retail sale of fresh or preserved fruit and vegetables, dairy products and eggs, meat and meat products (including poultry), fish, other seafood, bakery products, sugar confectionery, and other food products.

With this license, you can sell fresh fruits and vegetables to customers. This includes a diverse selection of produce such as apples, oranges, bananas, tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, and more. You can choose both locally sourced fruits and vegetables as well as imported ones.

Exclusions

The scope of your trade license or business activity is limited to the retail aspect of fresh or preserved fruits and vegetables. You cannot perform other activities, such as manufacturing of bakery products.

4721.83 – Dried Vegetables & Fruit Trading

Apply for a business license under Retail sale of food in specialized stores and choose business activity Dried Vegetables & Fruit Trading with activity code 4721.83.

The Dried Vegetables & Fruit Trading license from Meydan Free Zone provides you with a comprehensive scope of retail opportunities, allowing you to cater to customers’ diverse preferences and demands across various food categories.

With your Dried Vegetables & Fruit Trading license, you can resell vegetables and fruit dried through the sun or through dryers or dehydrators. As a licensee, you are permitted to sell a variety of dried products, including but not limited to figs, pineapple, peaches, and apricots. Subsequently, you can offer these dried products to consumers through various retail channels such as specialty stores, supermarkets, online platforms, or other appropriate distribution channels.

Inclusions

The Dried Vegetables & Fruit Trading license from Meydan Free Zone allows you to retail a wide range of food products. Your license covers the retail sale of fresh or preserved fruit and vegetables, dairy products and eggs, meat and meat products (including poultry), fish, other seafood, bakery products, sugar confectionery, and other food products.

Exclusions

Your trade license or business activity involves the retail aspect of Dried Vegetables & Fruit Trading. This means your license explicitly permits you to participate in retail selling dried vegetables and fruits. However, it does not grant permission for other undertakings like manufacturing or producing bakery products.

4781.91 – Fruit & Vegetable Seller 

Apply for a business license under retail sale via stalls and markets of food and beverages and choose business activity Fruit & Vegetable Seller with activity code 4781.91

Your Fruit & Vegetable Seller trade license from Meydan Free Zone lets your retail sale of food and beverages via stalls or markets. You can use benches and small kiosks in popular markets to sell fresh fruits, dried fruits, dates, lemons, medical herbs, etc.

Inclusions

As a Fruit & Vegetable Seller trader, you can engage in the retail sale of food, beverages via stalls or markets. 

Exclusions

Your Fruit & Vegetable Seller license excludes the retail sale of prepared food for immediate consumption and activities of mobile food vendors. 

Third-Party Approval – Post License

Upon issuance of your business license, you must obtain approval from the Dubai Municipality’s Food Safety Department to engage in fruits and vegetable trading.

Business activities Retail sale of Fresh or preserved Fruit and vegetables (4721.01), Vegetables & Fruit Trading (4721.67), Dried Vegetables & Fruit Trading (4721.83), and Fruit & Vegetable Seller (4781.91) require this additional approval from the Food Safety Department of the Dubai Municipality.

The Food Safety Department of Dubai Municipality regulates and monitors the food industry within the city. They enforce guidelines and standards to safeguard public health and ensure food businesses comply with hygiene, handling, and storage practices.

Economic Substance Return

Business activities Retail sale of Fresh or preserved Fruit and vegetables (4721.01), Vegetables & Fruit Trading (4721.67), Dried Vegetables & Fruit Trading (4721.83), and Fruit & Vegetable Seller (4781.91) are not subject to specific regulatory requirements like Ultimate Beneficial Ownership (UBO) or Economic Substance Regulations (ESR).

According to the Dubai Economic Substance Regulations (ESR), companies conducting certain business activities in the UAE must maintain adequate economic substance within the country to comply with international standards and prevent unfair taxation. In addition, Dubai’s regulations require companies and entities to keep accurate records about their ultimate beneficial owners (UBOs), who truly own or control the company or entity. However, the trading of fruits and vegetables in Dubai is not subject to the regulations of the UBO or ESR.

Anti-Money Laundering Compliance

Business activities Retail sale of Fresh or preserved Fruit and vegetables (4721.01), Vegetables & Fruit Trading (4721.67), Dried Vegetables & Fruit Trading (4721.83), and Fruit & Vegetable Seller (4781.91) are not subject to AML regulations in the UAE.

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