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In the fast paced and professional life of UAE, everyone is constantly on the move and every hour there’s a new deal being made either it’s “Moving Service” or warehouse storage. If you are starting a moving or movers and packers services business in UAE, which is a great idea, you need a few things ready and a few checkboxes ticked so that there’s one less thing to worry about. UAE is a huge, lucrative market with a lot of competitors and there’s only one thing which can make you stand out in the crowd of competitors and that’s credibility. After all, people tend to prefer businesses with credibility proofs, either its reviews or in this article’s case “Certifications”.
Certifications acts like a proof of your commitment to your business and if you thinking of operating beyond UAE or offer your services to other countries, than you need to let people and others involved in the business such as shipping and cargo companies know that you are a committed and legit business and you have gone through all the grind before you reached here and got those certs.
There’s no definite complete list of certifications you need to get but there are a few you can get to operate your business in UAE. Do note that these certs are mostly required in UAE and may or more not work in other countries to start or operate the business. You will need at least one of them
Ministry of Economy (MoE) License: This is the most important certification required to operate a movers and packers business in the UAE. The MoE license is issued to businesses that meet certain criteria, such as having a registered office in the UAE, having a valid trade license, and having a qualified and experienced management team.
Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Certificate: This certificate is issued by the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE). It is required for all businesses that employ UAE nationals. The OSH certificate ensures that businesses have taken the necessary steps to protect the health and safety of their employees.
ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System Certificate: This is an international standard that specifies the requirements for a quality management system. It demonstrates the ability of a company to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and regulatory expectations. It also helps to improve customer satisfaction, operational efficiency, and performance.
ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management System Certificate: This certificate is similar to the ISO 9001:2015 certificate, but it is focused on environmental management. The ISO 14001:2015 certificate can be a valuable asset for movers and packers businesses, as it demonstrates to customers that they are committed to protecting the environment.
WCF Accredited Movers and Packers Certificate: This certificate is issued by the World Confederation of Freight Forwarders (WCF). It is a globally recognized certificate that demonstrates that movers and packers businesses have met certain standards of quality and service. The WCF Accredited Movers and Packers Certificate can be a valuable asset for businesses that want to expand their operations internationally.
International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 18001:2007 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems (OHSMS) Certificate: This certificate is issued by an accredited certification body and is internationally recognized as a benchmark for occupational health and safety management systems. It is a valuable asset for movers and packers businesses as it demonstrates that they are committed to providing a safe and healthy work environment for their employees.
International Air Transport Association (IATA) Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR) Compliance Certificate: This certificate is issued by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and is required for businesses that transport dangerous goods by air. It ensures that businesses are aware of and comply with the IATA DGR, which is a set of regulations governing the transport of dangerous goods by air.
FIDI-FAIM: This is a quality mark awarded by FIDI, the largest global alliance of international moving and relocation companies. It indicates that a company follows the high standards laid down by FIDI in terms of professionalism, reliability, safety, and customer service. It also requires periodic audits and validations by an independent third-party, EY.
IAM: This is a membership status granted by the International Association of Movers, the largest trade association for the moving industry. It signifies that a company is part of a global network of movers that share best practices, resources, and information. It also provides access to various benefits, such as education, training, events, and advocacy.
RIM: This is a certification program created by the American Moving & Storage Association (AMSA). It involves rigorous training and testing on all aspects of an international move, such as packing, customs, documentation, insurance, etc. It also includes a code of ethics and a dispute resolution process.
United Nations (UN) Model Regulations for the Transport of Dangerous Goods (TDG) Compliance Certificate: This certificate is issued by the United Nations (UN) and is required for businesses that transport dangerous goods by road, rail, sea, or air. It ensures that businesses are aware of and comply with the UN TDG, which is a set of regulations governing the transport of dangerous goods by all modes of transportation.
Conclusion: So the credibility is what stands you out from the crow and gives you an edge over your competitors, most companies actually look for these certs and consider than side by side or sometimes, above the usual credibility checking perks such as reviews, reputation, licenses etc. while you can start your business with just the MoE license, the MoE, OSH and ISO 900:2015 the basic you must have in order to get the movers business going smoothly in UAE at least but if you are thinking about going international, than do consider adding in to your certifications list.
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