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The Syrian Arab Republic

Syria – Fact File
Country name Syrian Arab Republic
Population 19 million – July 2007 estimate
Languages Arabic [official], English and French are widely spoken
Currency Syrian Pound [£S] = 100 piastres
Official Religion Islam
Capital Damascus
Business Hours Government Offices & States Enterprises:
08:00 to 14:00 [Saturday to Thursday]
Commercial Offices: Times vary.
Christian businesses tend to close on Sundays.
Muslim firms on Fridays.
Embassy requirements and legalisation fees
All shipments to Syria must be covered by an Arab-Irish Certificate of Origin and, along with an Invoice, must be certified by the JA-ICC and then legalised by our Chamber at the Syrian Embassy in London. Please note all shipments for Syrian must be legalised.
Either of the following statements must appear on all Invoices submitted:-

"We hereby certify that the goods enumerated in this Invoice are not of Israeli origin and do not contain any Israeli materials".

If the above statement cannot be typed the following statement must be typed on your company's letterhead, originally signed and addressed to the Consignee in Syria and legalised.

"We, [Name of Company] are [State nationality of company] based [State address] and we cannot adhere to the negative clause requested. We hereby certify that the goods enumerated in this invoice is manufactured by [state manufacturer] and that the goods supplied are 100% [state country of origin] and they do not include materials from other countries."
Every Invoice is required to be accompanied by a separate Joint Arab-Irish Chamber of Commerce Certificate of Origin.
Currency should always be written in front of the total Invoice value.
Agency Agreements, Contracts & Registration Certificates etc. must be stamped by a Notary Public and the Dept. of Foreign Affairs, before submitting for legalisation. The Chamber can offer this service.
An Invoice with printed matter on the reverse is not acceptable.
Please note that the Syrian Embassy will not accept any documentation with amendment stamps/erasures on them either from the exporting company or a local Chamber of Commerce. All documents must be typed/printed in the same print.
Health Certificates are often required.
A Halal Certificate stating that slaughter was according to Muslim law must accompany fresh, frozen meat and poultry.
Certificate of Origin & other documents
- [original and/or copy]
€ 14.00
For Invoices legalisation fees, please check with the Chamber first, as these are calculated on a daily rate.
If an error is spotted once documents have been certified and legalised, then a complete new set must be submitted. The same fees will be charged again. Please note that a replacement Cert. of Origin or Invoice cannot be done, i.e. both must be done again.
Federation of the Syrian Chambers of Commerce
Moussa Bin Nussair St.,
Facing Méridien Hotel,
P.O.Box 5909,
Tel.: (+963 11) 33 37 344 or 33 11 504
Fax: (+963 11) 33 31 127
Damascus Chamber of Industry
P.O.Box 1305,
Tel: (+963 11) 22 22 205 or 22 15 042
Fax: (+963 11) 22 45 981
Please note that Embassies rules and regulations can and do change overnight. We bear no responsibility for any such changes. Any changes that do take place will be passed directly to our customers.
We regret that we cannot under any circumstances, intercede or take responsibility for any transactions initiated directly between an exporter and an Embassy.
The Joint Arab-Irish Chamber of Commerce [JA-ICC]: 60 Merrion Square, Dublin 2
Tel: + 353 1 662 4451 / 662 1577        Fax: + 353 1 662 47 29        Email: 
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