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Import Car from Dubai to USA

Importing Vehicle Into USA From UAE

The allure of setting up a business or working for a multinational in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has seen many people move to the region from countries like the US. Most times, they buy vehicles to make transportation easier when going to work or enjoying the weekends with friends. In the event that the job contract ends or they decide to relocate, many make the decision to go back with home with their cars. However, it is important to be aware that vehicle importation into USA is a process that requires patience and understanding, if you are to be successful. Here are some tips to make it easier for you to import vehicle into USA from UAE.

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Cost & Time Examples for Import a Car from UAE

From/ToOceanGroundEstimated Time
UAE to (California port) to San Jose, CA$3400$20040+5 days
UAE to (California port) to Los Angeles$3400$35040+5 days
UAE to (New York port) to Boston, MA$4300$40030+5 days
UAE to (California port) to Phoenix, AZ$3400$55040+6 days
UAE to (New York port) to Detroit, MI$4300$57530+6 days
UAE to (New York port) to Chicago, IL$4300$67530+6 days
UAE to (New York port) to Atlanta, GA$4300$70030+6 days
UAE to (California port) to Denver, CO$3400$77540+7 days
UAE to (New York port) to Miami, FL$4300$92530+7 days
UAE to (California port) to Dallas, TX$3400$1,02540+7 days
  1. *Prices and times are estimated. They can vary depending on the season and the type of vehicle.
  2. *Save the ground transport cost by delivering the vehicle to the nearest port.
  3. *Allow an additional 10 days to process the documents.
  4. *Prices are for 1 car in a dedicated 20ft container. This is the safest and most reliable way to transport a vehicle internationally. Other items may be included in the container to help save you money when moving.
  5. *Using the RoRo (roll on, roll off) method is less expensive and shipments can be completed in fewer days. Contact us now for a free RoRo quote.
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Confirm eligibility of vehicle

For your vehicle to be allowed into the USA, it must meet the regulations set up by importing authority in the country. Cars must meet the safety and emission standards in the US before owners are permitted to import vehicle into USA from UAE. You will also need to explain the reason for bringing the vehicle into the country and your individual status as well. The rules are quite strict and must be adhered to for importation to be successful. In some cases, getting confirmation that you can import your vehicle takes time, making it important to wait for the go ahead before making decisions that may end up increasing its overall shipping costs.

Hire a reliable shipping company

When you receive confirmation that your vehicle is eligible for importation, you can begin looking for a shipping company. There are many companies that offer auto shipping services in the UAE and United States, making it important to do some research and select the best one for you. Ensure that they are a registered importer and will be able to deliver the vehicle in one piece. They should also advise you on the best way to prepare the vehicle for transportation so as to avoid unnecessary delays. Registered shipping companies often focus on making the move from UAE to America as smooth as possible.

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Get your export insurance certificate

You must go to one of the Road Transport Authority's offices in the UAE if you want to export a vehicle from the nation. The purpose of these departments is to aid both domestic and international auto exporters. An export insurance certificate can be purchased for around AED 70 at the relevant government agency. You have two weeks from the time you receive the insurance certificate to send your car to the United States.

De-register your vehicle

To import vehicle into USA from UAE, car owners must go through a de-registration process while still in the country. They are required to present themselves at the transport authority offices with necessary documents which include vehicle registration card, Export Insurance Certificate, driving license, and current number plates. Once all documents are submitted to the office and payment made, you will be given an export certificate which gives you the go ahead for importation of your car into the United States. The certificate must be presented to the officer in charge, who will then give you blue license plates indicating that your car is ready for export.

Prepare your vehicle

Before handing over your car to a shipping company it is important to remove everything in it. Most insurance companies that cover vehicles that are being shipped to the USA from UAE discourage packing of items such as boxes during shipping and view them as a liability. Also, majority of shipping companies that move vehicles between these two locations often drain fuel from the tank and disconnect the car battery for safety purposes. If unsure of the items that cannot be transported with your vehicle, confirm with your shipping company.

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Arrange for delivery in America

Depending on the shipping company hired to import vehicle into USA from UAE, you may need to arrange for pickup or have it delivered to you. Some companies offer door to door delivery which is convenient for car owners that may already be in the US when the car arrives. However, if you will not be in the country for one reason or another, the best option is to have it dropped off at the terminal of the shipping company for pickup later.

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Joe Webster always knew the auto transport industry would be a great career option. And with decades of experience, Joe is now an established consultant for A1 Auto Transport.

Joe was born in Santa Cruz, California. During high school, Joe worked as a mechanic; a job continued to work part-time during his bachelor's degree.

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