A businessman who seeks opportunities in import and export in the UAE should have a general trade license. If you have multiple trading activities that are in the same or different industry then a general trade licence covers it all. Although costlier, having this license has its own perks and advantages. But there are certain products, like guns, cars, alcohol and medical products, which cannot be permitted to be traded through general trade license as these products require approval from higher authorities or clearances from UAE municipalities. However, those products are traded under a commercial trade license after going through the approval process.