Air Freight to Qatar

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The volume of air freight to Qatar and ocean freight to Qatar has increased in recent years and it’s due to the fact that Qatar is a high-income country with one of the highest per capita incomes in the world, indicating that the population has a lot of spending power. The country’s economy is heavily reliant on oil and gas, allowing for substantial imports of nearly all goods across all sectors.

Qatar imported goods worth roughly US$25.8 billion in 2020, according to Trade Map, with the United States of America, China, the United Kingdom, Germany, India, Italy, and Turkey as significant suppliers.

Here we focus on air freight to Qatar. Air freight is by far the most secure mode of cargo shipping available today. Air freight offers a set of advantages, including superior shipment speeds, precise tracking via tracking numbers, and global monitoring services.

Air Freight to Qatar Services
Services of air freight to Qatar are divided into three categories: standard, expressed, and deferred.
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Express Service

In express air service, your cargo will be transported directly to its final destination. There’s no waste of time in between. When you choose express air service, you can be assured that your air cargo will be loaded into a plane that will only make one stop and that’s in the destination airport.

Obviously, this method has a lot of advantages. Because your goods will be moved less frequently from one place to another and get less damaged. Also, because it is on a direct flight to its destination, it will arrive much faster than other means of shipping, making this an extremely advantageous mode of air shipping for businesses that need to get their goods to their customers as quickly as possible.

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Standard Service

While a standard air service can fly directly to its destination on rare occasions, it generally makes one or two stops along the way. The purpose of these pauses is to deconsolidate and reconsolidate cargo. While standard air service is slower than express air service, it is still a quick form of transportation.

The most obvious advantage of regular air service is that charges are usually decreased significantly. 

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Deferred Service

“Deferred air service” is the final and the most cost-effective air service type. In  Deferred air service, as you might expect, the plane stops many times along the way.  This is advantageous for air carriers because they can expect high volumes of air cargo shipments to be moved from major airports to smaller airports. This reduces traffic congestion at their major airport and defers work to smaller cargo planes afterward.

Top Cargo Airports in Qatar
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Hamad International Airport

The volume of air freight to Qatar was a total of 13.54 billion ton-kilometers in 2020. Around 2.22 million metric tons were handled at Hamad International Airport alone.

With one of the most advanced cargo terminals in the world, HIA serves as a foundation for Qatar Airways Cargo’s growing worldwide air freight to Qatar business, allowing it to deliver smooth and efficient services to customers and cargo carriers all over the world. The new cargo handling facility is expected to create new service and quality standards not only for the Gulf area but for the whole world.

The cargo terminal at HIA, which is located in the center of the airport, has a capacity of 1.4 million tonnes of cargo per year. Warehouses, Automated Systems, offices, and shops are all part of the two-story cargo complex. The facility has 11 big freighter aircraft stands and 42 Airside loading docks, covering 55,000 square meters.

In addition, 31 landside truck loading facilities will make it possible to move freight in and out of Qatar quickly and efficiently. The advanced scanning technology will assure the facility’s, staff’s, and cargo’s total safety and security.

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Al Khor International Airport

Al Khor Airport (ICAO: OTBK) is a Qatari airport located south of Al Khor. The airport has mostly been used by general and cargo aviation aircraft since 2008. Two runways with a PCN of 45 are available. The northern runway can accept six aircrafts, while the southern runway can accommodate two aircrafts.

The airport appears to be closed as of September 2021. Large crosses can be seen on the runway on Google Earth, suggesting that it is not in use.

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Al Udeid Air Base Airport

Al Udeid Air Base, also known as Abu Nakhlah Airport, is a military base west of Doha, Qatar. It is where the foreign coalition’s people and assets are housed.
For the US Central Command area of operations, Al Udeid and other sites in Qatar serve as logistics, administrative, and basing hubs.


In 2022, Qatar is expected to see an increase in shipping traffic due to the country‘s continued economic growth. Qatar is projected to be the world‘s fastest–growing economy in 2022, with a GDP growth rate of 5.8%. This growth is due to Qatar‘s continued development of its energy and infrastructure sectors.

The country is also expected to host the FIFA World Cup in 2022, which will further increase shipping traffic. According to the Qatar Ports Management Company, the country‘s two main ports, Doha Port and Mesaieed Industrial Port handled a total of 37.5 million tonnes of cargo in 2020. This was an increase of 5% from 2019. Doha Port is the busiest port in Qatar, handling 22.9 million tonnes of cargo in 2020. Mesaieed Industrial Port handled 14.6 million tonnes of cargo in 2020. Qatar‘s ports are expected to see even more traffic in 2022 as the country continues to grow economically.

In 2021, the total volume of air freight to Qatar is reached 1.8 million metric tons. This represents a significant increase of 15% over the 2020 volume of 1.58 million metric tons. The vast majority of this increase can be attributed to the strong growth in Qatar‘s economy, which is forecast to expand by 7.6% in 2021.

This growth is being driven by the country‘s burgeoning construction sector, as Qatar prepares to host the FIFA World Cup in 2022. The top five airlines in terms of market share for air freight to Qatar are Qatar Airways (32%), Emirates (22%), Etihad Airways (12%), flydubai (9%), and Turkish Airlines (6%). Other airlines that operate flights to Qatar include British Airways, KLM, Lufthansa, and Qatar Cargo.

The top five airports in terms of volume for air freight to Qatar are Doha International Airport (36%), Hamad International Airport (30%), Abu Dhabi International Airport (12%), Dubai International Airport (9%), and Bahrain International Airport (3%).

Our Services

We offer ocean freight shipping services that cover the entire container freight transportation process including:

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Pick up and delivery
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Land transportation
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Ocean freight transportation
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Customs clearance
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Rules & Regulations

The State of Qatar has implemented a number of rules and regulations regarding the shipping of goods into the country. These rules and regulations are designed to protect the safety and security of the country, as well as to ensure that all imported goods meet the necessary standards and requirements. All shipments entering Qatar must be declared and accompanied by the appropriate documentation, including a bill of lading, invoice, and packing list. In addition, all shipments must be inspected by the Qatar Customs Authority prior to entry into the country.

The following items are not permitted to be shipped into Qatar: alcohol, pork products, pornography, drugs, and drug paraphernalia, weapons and ammunition, and certain chemicals and hazardous materials. Violation of these rules and regulations can result in severe penalties, including imprisonment.

Import & Export to/from UAE

Qatar is a small country located on the Arabian Peninsula. Despite its small size, Qatar is one of the world’s leading producers of oil and gas. Qatar’s hydrocarbon exports make up the majority of the country’s export earnings and contribute to a large portion of Qatar’s GDP.

Qatar also exports significant amounts of fertilizers, steel, and other products. Qatar’s imports are largely dominated by hydrocarbons, which make up the majority of Qatar’s import bill. Qatar also imports significant amounts of machinery, food, and other manufactured goods.

UAE and Qatar are two countries located in the Middle East. They are both members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). The GCC is a political and economic union of Arab states that was formed in 1981. UAE and Qatar have a trade relationship that is based on the GCC. The trade relationship between UAE and Qatar is strong. In 2016, trade between the two countries totaled $6.1 billion. The majority of this trade was in the form of Qatar exports to UAE, which totaled $5.2 billion.

Qatar exports to UAE include crude oil, natural gas, and petrochemicals. UAE exports to Qatar include machinery, food, and live animals. The trade relationship between UAE and Qatar is expected to grow in the future. This is due to the fact that both countries are members of the GCC and have a strong trade relationship.

Banned Products

In June 2017, Qatar imposed a ban on the import of certain products from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and Bahrain. The products banned include live animals, fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, poultry, dairy products, and certain types of fish. The ban was imposed in response to the blockade of Qatar by these countries.

Documents & Customs Clearance

The cargo customs clearance process in Qatar is fairly simple and straightforward. All shipments entering the country must be cleared through customs, which involves paying any applicable taxes and fees. Customs officials will also inspect all shipments to ensure that they comply with Qatar’s import regulations. This process can be completed online, and once all the required documentation has been submitted, shipments usually clear customs within a few days. However, complex or high–value shipments may take longer to clear.

In Qatar, all imported goods must be cleared through Customs before they can be released for delivery. To clear goods through Customs, importers must submit a range of documents, including a commercial invoice, packing list, and bill of lading. These documents must be submitted in English, and must include detailed information about the shipped goods, such as quantity, value, and HS tariff code. In some cases, additional documents may be required, such as a license or certificate of origin.

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