Looking to ship a car from the USA to Dubai, Abu Dhabi, or another destination in the United Arab Emirates?
The actual process is simple and after more than 40 years shipping cars from the USA, we are able to offer some of the most competitive container rates to the UAE in the industry.
Fortunately, there are no age limits for vehicles when importing a car to the UAE. The main difference will be in the form of duties and taxes.
However, as of 2015, conditions have changed slightly when importing vehicles in UAE from the USA and non GCC countries. Read the section below for up to date requirements.
Importing a Car to UAE from USA
The items that we will need from you in order to ship your car include:
- An invoice (bill of sale)
- Valid title
- Valid UAE residence Visa
If you are a resident of the following AGCC countries, then you will not need the residence Visa listed above:
- Saudi Arabia
If you are importing cars in Dubai from the USA, and are not a resident of the above listed Arab GCCs, then you will need to obtain a valid UAE residence visa prior to importing your car.
Our car shipping specialists can best direct you how this can be done.
Three Ways to Ship a Car to the United Arab Emirates
Each and every shipment is different, and the methods used for transporting vehicles are more appropriate in some situations compared to others.
The quickest way to find out the best service option and how much it will cost to ship a car to the UAE is by filling out our quick car shipping quote form.
Container Services to UAE
Our expertise is in consolidated container shipments and this is the method we recommend. Transporting a car to the UAE using this method offers very competitive rates. With this service, we ship multiple customers’ vehicles in the same container. This means the cost to ship a car to UAE is based on the space your vehicle takes up.
If you would prefer to ship a car to Dubai in its own container, we provide this service as well. It costs more but it can cut down the arrival time.
If you are moving to Dubai or Abu Dhabi, this would also allow you to put a reasonable amount of your belongings inside the container.
Ro-Ro to UAE
The port in Dubai does offer this service although not every port does. It stands for roll-on roll-off. Cars are transported inside the shipping vessel and secured within the hull. Car shipping to the UAE via RoRo will involve transhipping. In this case, it means your vehicle will ship to a different destination and then moved onto another ship to go to Dubai.
Air Freight to UAE
Shipping a car to the United Arab Emirates via air freight is by far the quickest way to get it overseas.
So if you absolutely must deliver a vehicle short notice, this is a possibility. However, it is very expensive and you’re better off selecting a container service. When you absolutely need to move a car to UAE in record time, this service will work. Generally, air freight is used to meet tight deadlines for events like races or shows.
*All the cars we ship via ocean container will arrive in Dubai where your vehicle will be unloaded and inspected by customs.
Our UAE Car Shipping Services
If you’ve already decided to ship your car, then you know that there are two different aspects: exporting the vehicle and importing the vehicle.
For the export side here in the USA, we offer:
- US customs clearance
- Domestic pickup (if you need it)
- Inspection at our warehouse with images
- 24/7 online tracking
We’ll also make sure that you have all the necessary documents for importing your vehicle to the UAE before it leaves the U.S.
Once it arrives, our agents will help you with the import process and the associated destination fees.
Costs, Importation, and Customs in Dubai
When shipping a car to Dubai, it is good to be prepared with costs, import process, and customs. Costs are calculated using space and also vary depending on the method of transport. Since it’s impossible for us to know these, we can’t supply an accurate value until we’ve got your location and vehicle information.
To start your car shipping to UAE, please fill out our Online Quote Form today.
However we can give you an idea of what you’ll have to pay once it arrives. Dubai has favorable duties on cars. You’ll have to pay 5% of the total value including insurance and transport. They’ll base this amount on the invoice of the vehicle.
How Long Will it Take to Ship a Car to UAE?
Car shipping to the UAE entails transshipments which mean slightly longer sail times. If you want to move a car from New York or another east coast location, sail times are between 3 and 5 weeks. From the west coast, cars will be on the water between 5 and 7 weeks.
Have more questions about the process? Please call us today or get a free car shipping quote and we will help with the details!