Sector Impact > F&B

The F&B sectors includes a combination of goods and services which may fall under different tax rates depending on the nature of the items.


  • Imports will attract VAT under the Reverse Charge Mechanism unless certain ingredients are zero-rated. Essential and staple food items are Zero rated.
  • Outsourced manpower, which is quite common in this sector, will be subject to VAT but can be claimed as Input tax credit.


  • Supply of food items referred to in Article 31 of the unified GCC Agreement i.e, on food items mentioned in a list of Goods approved by the Financial and Economic Cooperation Committee will be zero-rated.
  • Supply of food items other than the basic food items mentioned in article 31 of GCC agreement will be charged at standard rate i.e., 5%.
  • Restaurant and catering services will charge at standard rate 5%.

The final impact of VAT on F&B as revealed by the government will be as follows:

Impact on F&B VAT Rate
Food and Bevarages 5%

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Sector impact analysis is provisional based on the GCC Draft and may change when the country issues the relevant VAT laws.