How To Start a Clothes and Goods Supply Company In The UAE

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Starting a clothing and goods supply company offers a promising opportunity for entrepreneurs. A wealthy population and a large expatriate community fuel the UAE’s thriving and developed economy, driving high levels of consumer spending.

This generates a strong and diverse demand for various clothing and goods, providing abundant market opportunities for both retailers and wholesalers. The UAE’s strategic geographical location serves as a pivotal point connecting the Eastern and Western regions, establishing it as a prominent centre for international trade and business activities.

Furthermore, the regulations and incentives render the UAE a compelling choice for entrepreneurs seeking to launch their enterprises either as wholesalers or retailers. The country is renowned as a worldwide hub for shopping and tourism, witnessing a continuous flow of potential customers, encompassing both residents and visitors, thereby offering retailers and wholesalers a diverse and lucrative customer base.

If you are interested in starting a clothes and goods supply business, you should opt for a license with SPC Free Zone, which allows you access to a wide range of business activities under a single license. With SPC Free Zone, you gain access to a streamlined process to kickstart your business and other value-added services. Below is the list of activities you can select under this single license:

4640.00 Wholesale of Textiles, Clothing, and Footwear

The category highlights the activities that entail the purchase and sale of textiles, clothes, and footwear in large quantities to retailers or other businesses rather than initiating transactions with individual customers.

A key component of this type of venture is the practice of wholesalers negotiating lower prices with manufacturers to later sell the items to end users at higher prices. This is a strategy that enables the production of goods in large quantities and efficiently delivers them to multiple retail locations. One of the key aspects of this category is the supply chain, which guarantees a consistent flow of goods from producers to the final consumers.

Third-party Approval: This business activity does not require third-party approval.

Filing of Economic Substance Returns: This requirement does not apply to Business Activity 4640.00.

Anti-Money Laundering Compliance: This requirement does not apply to Business Activity 4640.00.

4641.01 – 4641.40 – Wholesale of Textiles, Clothing, and Footwear

This is a broad category that covers a wider range of activities that pertain to the wholesale of textiles, apparel, and footwear. This type of business plays a significant role in the distribution process by serving as a middleman between manufacturers and retailers. The key parameter in this field includes negotiating acceptable pricing terms for the goods from manufacturers and effectively distributing them to retailers and other businesses.

Wholesalers gain an advantage through this strategic process because it allows them to purchase goods in large quantities and take advantage of economies of scale. i.e., they obtain more favourable pricing for a greater quantity of the goods supplied. Consequently, these types of businesses become more efficient and cost-effective as they increase their buying and selling. As a result, these goods are provided to clients at competitive prices while maintaining healthy profit margins.

This vast category encompasses a plethora of forty distinct activities (4641.01–4641.40), each of which offers wholesalers the chance to utilize their professional knowledge and personal interests. The potential applications range from the wholesale distribution of high-end yarns and fabrics to the retail sale of indispensable domestic linens and haberdashery items such as sewing thread and needles. Furthermore, wholesalers possess the potential to explore the ever-evolving realms of apparel and footwear, providing a wide array of products, including fashionable accessories such as ties and mittens, as well as trendy athletic apparel. Wholesalers, regardless of their speciality (fur products, umbrellas, wax candles, uniforms), have the ability to customize their products to accommodate the varied demands and inclinations of their customers. By offering an extensive selection of products that appeal to various lifestyles, including leather goods, ready-made clothing for children, and professional attire, wholesalers have the ability to carve out a niche in the market. Every product in this ever-evolving industry, from sophisticated leather purses to the practical medical shoes, presents a unique opportunity for wholesalers to establish their reputation by delivering high-quality items that appeal to a wide range of consumers.

Note, here, the broad category does not include the wholesale of jewellery and leather goods or the wholesale of textile fibres.

Third-party Approval: This business activity does not require third-party approval.

Filing of Economic Substance Returns: This requirement does not apply to business activities under 4641.00–4641.40.

Anti-Money Laundering Compliance: This requirement does not apply to business activities under 4641.00–4641.40.

4649.00 Wholesale of Other Household Goods

Under this category, the wholesale operation of other household goods involves a diverse range of products that are essential for daily life. This dynamic business setup is most notable for the large-scale purchase and sale of a wide range of commodities, catering to both consumers and enterprises.

Wholesalers play a vital role in procuring high-quality products, encompassing a wide range of items from household furnishings to consumer electronics, cutlery to glassware, wellness to beauty products, stationary to optical goods, watches to jewellery, musical instruments to sports goods.

Wholesalers of these types of household goods are crucial, as they provide retailers with access to a wide variety of products to meet the ever-changing demands and lifestyle needs of consumers. Wholesalers enhance the availability and affordability of important home items by effectively procuring, distributing, and cooperating within the supply chain.

Distributors of consumer electronics and household furniture at the wholesale level are capable of curating collections to satisfy the diverse requirements and desires of their clientele. By approaching industries such as cutlery, illumination equipment, and China, wholesalers possess the opportunity to influence the supply of indispensable components that usually involve daily requirements. Furthermore, the business’s scope includes the bulk distribution of pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and medical supplies, making it an essential component of the healthcare supply chain. Wholesalers are essential in the distribution of a wide range of products, including stationery, eyeglasses, bicycles, and musical instruments. Their contributions play a part in a consumers’ quality of life and propel the growth of commerce. Wholesalers establish themselves as essential contributors to a consumer’s demands by integrating quality, convenience, and access to innovation into the tapestry of each product they distribute.

This category does not include the following activities: wholesale of blank audio and video tapes, CDs, and DVDs; wholesale of radio and TV broadcasting equipment; wholesale of office furniture.

Third-party Approval: After acquiring the license for this business activity, third-party approval is required from the Sharjah Health Authority/ Ministry of Culture and Youth/ Security Industry Regulatory Agency (SIRA).

Filing of Economic Substance Returns: This requirement does not apply to business activities under 4649.00.

Anti-Money Laundering Compliance: This requirement does not apply to business activities under 4649.00.

4771.00 – Retail Sale of Clothing, Footwear and Leather Articles in Specialized Stores

This category covers the activities of a particular type of business set up to cater to customers with various fashion and lifestyle demands through the retail sale of apparel, footwear, and leather goods at specialized stores. To meet the various styles and preferences of customers, these types of businesses provide a selected assortment of clothes, shoes, and leather products.

These types of retail setups offer a one-of-a-kind shopping experience with a diverse selection of products, from contemporary to renowned trend-setting brands. Whether consumers are looking for the newest styles or classics, these retailers offer high-quality products that meet the demands of the market. Specialized retailers that focus on shoes, apparel, and leather goods have an important role to play in influencing consumers’ fashion and improving lifestyles through great customer service and knowledge of the products they sell.

This category does not include the activity of retail sales of textiles.

Third-party Approval: This business activity does not require third-party approval.

Filing of Economic Substance Returns: This requirement does not apply to business activities under 4771.00.

Anti-Money Laundering Compliance: This requirement does not apply to business activities under 4771.00.

4771.01- Retail sale of articles of clothing

This category includes the retail sale of clothing items, as they play an essential role in the fashion industry because they offer consumers a diverse range of apparel that is tailored to meet their tastes and demands. These types of retailers offer a wide range of clothing, from everyday basic apparel to trendy designer pieces, from premium or upscale to budget-friendly outlets.

Retailers who have expertise in this field usually offer a vast or dedicated array of clothing, from casual basics like t-shirts and trousers to formal wear like suits and gowns. They often curate a collection based on seasonal tastes, client demand, and modern fashion trends.

This category does not include the activity of retail sales of textiles.

Third-party Approval: This business activity does not require third-party approval.

Filing of Economic Substance Returns: This requirement does not apply to business activities under 4771.01.

Anti-Money Laundering Compliance: This requirement does not apply to business activities under 4771.01.


4771.02- Retail sale of articles of fur

This category covers the type of activity that involves the retail sale of fur, a specialized business directly providing consumers with a variety of fur-based products. These retail establishments encompass high-end boutiques, specialized stores, and luxury department stores, where they usually cater to customers who desire opulent and stylish fur apparel and accessories.

Retailers that possess expertise in this type of business curate and display collections of fur-based clothing and accessories such as coats, jackets, caps, and scarves. They often prioritize craftsmanship and quality that showcase the inherent beauty and warmth of the fur. Although opinions on fur in fashion have changed throughout time, the retail sale of fur goods continues to be a niche market for consumers who appreciate the sophistication and luxury that fur represents.

This category does not include the activity of retail sales of textiles.

Third-party Approval: This business activity does not require third-party approval.

Filing of Economic Substance Returns: This requirement does not apply to business activities under 4771.02.

Anti-Money Laundering Compliance: This requirement does not apply to business activities under 4771.02.

4771.03- Retail sale of clothing accessories such as gloves, ties, braces etc.

This category covers the activities of a type of retail business that revolves around the sale of clothing accessories and constitutes a dynamic subset of the fashion industry. This type of business focuses on accessories such as braces or suspenders, gloves, ties, and other items that are usually used to enhance and add a touch of functionality to an outfit.

Retailers who specialise in this type of business curate trendy to classic collections that cater to a wide range of preferences and demands. These accessories are usually found in specialized stores, boutiques, or retailed online. The retailers usually provide a professional shopping experience with personalized services such as styling advice and tips. Retail sales of clothing accessories are crucial because they allow customers to show off their particular style and improve their overall appearance.

This category does not include the activity of retail sales of textiles.

Third-party Approval: This business activity does not require third-party approval.

Filing of Economic Substance Returns: This requirement does not apply to business activities under 4771.03.

Anti-Money Laundering Compliance: This requirement does not apply to business activities under 4771.03.


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