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Shipping Goods to U.A.E

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For anyone looking to ship goods to the U.A.E as part of your relocation, dealing with the paperwork, customs and trying to figure out what you’re going to bring can be a big challenge.

There are also certain specifications and requirements certain items must meet in order for them to be eligible for importation.

That’s why the easiest way to find out the specific requirements is to talk with a specialist. No matter what you need transported; be it a vehicle, furniture or even an entire household, we’ll be able to answer your questions and give you a great rate for shipping your goods to the U.A.E.

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The United Arab Emirates has seen huge growth in the recent years and as this growth continues, so will the amount of relocations and international shipments.

The majority of relocations and household moves in the region are bound for two locations: Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

It’s important to note that most steam lines use Dubai as the port of entry. This is where your shipment will enter and clear customs when shipping with us.

* Need your belongings shipped somewhere else? Other cities in the Gulf Countries are also available.

Some of Our More Frequent Shipments Include:

Cost of Importing Goods to the U.A.E

Before you import goods, we always recommend you reference the nearest consulate.

We try to remain as up to date as possible, however duties and taxes can change. Different costs are associated with shipping goods to the U.A.E depending on the contents.

For those bringing a motor vehicle, certain restrictions apply to the vehicle’s history as well as driving specifications. If the car meets the import requirements, then to clear customs in Dubai expect to pay 5% tax on the total value of the vehicle.

For other goods, as long as they are in an amount acceptable for personal use then there is no customs tax just an inspection fee.

You may also have to present a permit or an import license for certain items.

For more information on U.A.E. Importing and Exporting click here.

Time Frames for Transporting Personal Effects

Whenever you are shipping internationally, there are a lot of steps, especially when shipping to a region as far away as the middle east.

The U.A.E is no exception. Depending on which U.S departure port your belongings are shipping from, ocean times can vary by a few weeks.

Those moving goods from the west coast, such as our warehouse in Los Angeles, can expect the container to be on the water for 5-7 weeks usually, as it will be a transshipment.

Shipping from the east coast generally takes between 3-5 weeks on the water depending on the shipping service used and it will also be a transshipment.

This means it will be transferred from one vessel to another. The feeder vessel usually picks up within one week and then moves containers and other cargo to the final destination.

Import and export transactions

What you need to know before shipping to the United Arab Emirates.

Any goods being imported through either land, sea or air customs zones shall be subject to the following specific general customs procedures:

  • Submit a detailed customs declaration as per the approved form including all information about the goods and accompanied with all documents required.
  • Declaration of goods and cash for passengers.
  • Register customs declaration with the competent customs officer.
  • Transfer goods to examination, checking and inspection.
  • Evaluate goods for the purposes of payment of customs duties.
  • Release of goods.

Import

Import of goods from outside the country into local market.

Transactional processing:

  • Receive and check the documents required for customs declaration processing.
  • Implement customs tariff and regulations.
  • Collect customs duties and registration fees.
  • Deliver client's own copies and retain customs copy.

Documents required for transactional processing:

  • Import goods declaration form.
  • Delivery order from a shipping agent addressed to a licensed company by licensing agencies in UAE.
  • Original bill of lading (for seaports).
  • Import permit from the competent agencies in the event of importing restricted goods.
  • Original invoice from the exporter addressed to a licensed importer in the country detailing total quantity, goods description and total value for each item.
  • Original certificate of origin approved by the chamber of commerce at the country of origin detailing the origin of goods.
  • Detailed packing list as per weight, method of packing and HS code for each individual article contained in the shipment.
  • A form or letter of exemption from customs duties in case the exemption requirements are fulfilled including - Local Purchase Order (LPO).
  • Copy of the trade license of buyer and seller.

Import of goods from outside the country for re-export.

Transactional processing:

  • Receive and check the documents required for customs declaration processing.
  • Write all information required on the banking guarantee if payment under banking guarantee.
  • Collect registration fees and deposit amount if in cash.
  • Deliver client's own copies and retain customs copy and the banking guarantee copy.

Documents required for transactional processing:

  • Import goods declaration form.
  • Delivery order from a shipping agent addressed to a licensed company by licensing agencies in UAE.
  • Original bill of lading (for seaports).
  • Import permit from the competent agencies in the event of importing restricted goods.
  • Original invoice from the exporter addressed to a licensed importer in the country detailing total quantity, goods description and total value for each item.
  • Original certificate of origin approved by the chamber of commerce at the country of origin detailing the origin of goods.
  • Detailed packing list as per weight, method of packing and HS code for each individual article contained in the shipment.
  • Copy of the trade license of buyer and seller.

Temporary Admission

The entry of goods through customs zones into the country on temporary basis for the purposes of taking part in an exhibition or repairs and maintenance of equipment and machineries. A deposit equivalent to customs tariff on total value of goods shall be collected against such type of transactions.

Transactional processing:

  • Receive and check the documents required for customs declaration processing.
  • Write all information required on the banking guarantee if payment under banking guarantee.
  • Collect registration fees and deposit amount whether in cash, by cheque or banking guarantee.
  • Deliver client's own copies and retain customs copy and the banking guarantee copy.

Documents required for transactional processing:

  • Import goods declaration form.
  • Delivery order from a shipping agent addressed to a licensed company by licensing agencies in UAE.
  • Original bill of lading (for seaports).
  • Import permit from the competent agencies in the event of importing restricted goods.
  • A letter from the licensed company showing the purpose of exit, period, total quantity, description and detailed value of each item showing their serial numbers.
  • Original invoice from the exporter addressed to a licensed importer in the country detailing total quantity, goods description and total value for each item.
  • Original certificate of origin approved by the chamber of commerce at the country of origin detailing the origin of goods.
  • Detailed packing list as per weight, method of packing and HS code for each individual article contained in the shipment.
  • Copy of the trade license issued in UAE.

Call us today to speak with an expert at (562) 408-6677 or get get a rate for your shipment here.

Written by Martyn Cohen

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