Authentication/Certification Services

The US-Qatar Business Council is handling the authentication of commercial documents for the Embassy of the State of Qatar in the United States. USQBC has partnered with Velox Global Services to perform the Document Authentication Services. To learn more about Velox, visit www.veloxvisa.com

Commercial Documents Include:

  • Certificates of Origin
  • Commercial Invoices
  • Halal Certificates
  • Health Certificates
  • Letters of Credit 
     

Certification Requirements: 

  • All shipments require a Certificate of Origin (â„…) and a Commercial Invoice (C/I). Other required and related documents should be replaced under the C/O and the C/I. 
  • All commercial documents must be signed by an authorized person or agent of the company and notarized by a local notary public (unsigned documents will be rejected and returned). Local Chambers of Commerce certification is not required on any of these documents unless used as a notary.
  • All Certificates of Origin must state the full name and address of the manufacturer in the USA (or other country with an appended declaration to C/O) on company letterhead.
  • All Commercial Invoices should contain at least six-digit Harmonized System (HS) Codes (i.e. Schedule B Number) for items in that shipment.
     

Certification Fees:

  • The US-Qatar Business Council charges $45.00USDper certification stamp. 
  • Velox charges a $35.00USDcourier fee per document package for the Washington, DC consulate's jurisdiction, and $75.00USDper document outside of the DC consulate's jurisdiction. The Velox fee includes the facilitation of documents between clients, USQBC and the Qatar Consulates.  Please contact Velox Global Services via QatarServices@veloxvisa.com or at the number listed below for further inquiries. 
  • Velox accepts money orders only.  All money orders should be made out to Velox Global Services, including the fee for the US-Qatar Business Council and the Consulates.  
  • The Embassy of the State of Qatar fees are included below, or can be viewed at http://washington.embassy.qa/en/services/consular-services#attestation-of-commercial-documents
     

For application submission and processing, please contact Velox Global Services at: 

Email:
 
ProcessingCtr@usqbc.org
 
Phone:
 
(202) 791-8400
 
Address: 99 Canal Center Plaza, Suite 460
  Alexandria, VA 22314
 
Business Hours: 9:00AM-5:00PM EST


Attestation of Commercial Documents (Click Here for Embassy Website)


Beneficiaries of this service:
Citizens, Expats, Business, Investors & Visitors.


Service Procedures:
The service aims to provide a legal approval of the commercial documents to be used in and outside Qatar, documents such as:

  • Country of Origin
  • Bill of Lading (Manifesto)
  • Commercial Contracts
  • Invoices
  • Terms & Requirements

The Department of Consular Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or one of its branches ratify the stamp or Signature of the chamber of commerce or any other ministry or authority approved by the Department of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs .


General Instructions:

  • The document sent for attestation must include a group of stamps and signatures ending with a stamp and signature approved by Department of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • The authorities of the Government of the State of Qatar are responsible for ratification of documents issued by them, as well as copies of those documents.
  • Qatar Chamber of Commerce approves stamps and signatures of some translation offices.
  • If the information on an attested document or any of its signatures or stamps, turns out to be incorrect, the attestation will be considered void and null, in which case the department of consular affairs will reserve the right to file claims to the concerned authorities in Qatar.

The Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and its affiliates are not responsible for the contents of the document. However, they will refuse to ratify any document of which the content proves to be contrary to the regulations of the State of Qatar.

Statement
 
Qatari Riyal   US Dollar  
Certificate of origin, bill of lading, commercial contracts, commercial agencies
(all types). 
QAR 150 $41
Documents (civil, personal, judicial, medial and academic certificates, or any document, contract, certificate not mentioned in this table). QAR 100 $27
Price of the fixed exchange rate of the Qatari Riyal against the US Dollar. 3.64

Fees for Other Commercial Documents:

  Fees in Qatari Riyal   Fees in US Dollars
From Up To Fee From Up To Fee
0.00 15,000 QAR 500 0.00 4,121 $138
15,001 100,000 QAR 1,000 4,122 27,473 $275
100,001 250,000 QAR 2,500 27,474 68,681 $687
250,001 1,000,000 QAR 5,000 68,682 274,725 $1,374
1,000,001+ 0.6% 274,726+ 0.6%

 

The US-Qatar Business Council develops, supports, and advances the bilateral relationship between the United States and the State of Qatar.

The Council envisions a seamless relationship between the US and Qatar; a permanent partnership built on a foundation of mutual interests and strong political, business, cultural, and security relations. The Council is the leading organization dedicated exclusively to enhancing the bilateral relationship between the US and Qatar.

The Council achieves this vision primarily, but not exclusively, through improving the commercial and economic relationship between the US and Qatar. The Council offers business advisory services, consultancy services, and coordinates trade missions for US and Qatari companies to facilitate bilateral business.In addition, the Council supports this vision through publishing a weekly newsletter to high-level recipients in government, business, and academia, highlighting news, events, and developments in the US-Qatar relationship. The Council utilizes various vehicles to highlight Qatari happenings and engage stakeholders, including partnerships, events, and articles.