Are you hoping to export goods to Qatar from Australia? Have you made some business deals in Qatar and are now looking for a professional freight forwarder to assist you in transporting goods? TSL Australia can help. We can provide great-value and highly efficient freight forwarding services for businesses looking to export to Qatar. Our wide-ranging services cover everything from packing to distribution, and from customs clearance to warehousing. Our aim is to be an air & sea freight forwarder Qatari and Australian businesses can really depend on.
If you’re an Australian business wanting to find new markets for goods exports, why not consider Qatar? There are many good reasons that choosing to export goods to Qatar, a tiny country with just 2.6 million inhabitants, is a wise move. For starters, Qatar is one of the most economically secure countries in the Gulf because of its huge oil and gas reserves. It has been a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO), the body regulating international trade, since 1996. For more information about this Middle Eastern country, please see the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Austrade).
If you are an Australian business hoping to trade with Qatar, it’s worth knowing a few things about how things operate. Firstly, Qatar is an Islamic country which follows Sharia Law. The official language is Arabic, and while English is used for business purposes, many documents need to be in Arabic by law – for examples invoices and product labels.
Setting up business deals can be quite involved in Qatar – so don’t rush things. Many visits the country and multiple meetings may be needed before deals are reached and papers are signed.
Because Qatar is more conservative than Australia, men should always wear a shirt, suit and tie during business meetings. Women should dress modestly in long-sleeved tops and skirts below the knee (although headscarves are not necessary).
As for etiquette between the sexes, men should shake hands with other men, but don’t touch women unless they’ve given a clear sign that this is OK.
One last bit of information is that the working week in Qatar is Sunday to Thursday, so don’t expect any responses on Mondays.
If you’re going to carry out freight forwarding to Qatar, you need to know you’re doing it with a service provider you can fully trust. Freight forwarding is a specialised industry, and operations between Australia and the rest of the planet are made all the more complicated because of our geographical distance from the majority of other countries. While Papua New Guinea, our nearest neighbour, is just 6km away at the nearest point, Qatar is a colossal 10,500km away. This is huge compared to Asian and European countries who often share borders, making importing and exporting goods much more straightforward.
If you’re looking to export to Qatar from Australia, you’ll need to decide whether sending the items via sea or the ocean is the best option for your needs. As a quick guide, air freight to Qatar takes around 1-6 days with TSL Australia and is the more expensive option. It is best used for cargo that is relatively light and does not take up too much space. Sea freight takes longer – think in terms of 35-45 days – and is more suited to consignments that are heavy, oversized or bulky. To find out more about TSL’s services as an air & sea freight forwarder to Qatar, please fill out our Free Freight Review and we’ll get back to you within 24 hours.