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Qatar International Moving Services

Changes in life and emerging circumstances may cause businesses or individuals to relocate. International moving has become even more common in recent times. Professional and reputable moving companies which offer international moving services assist those making such moves to have a hassle-free experience. You can benefit from such services and ship your car to Qatar in a less complex process and with the much needed guidance.

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Moving to Qatar Cost & Time Examples

To/From    2BR    4BREstimated Time
New York to Doha$3,700- $6,200$6,900- $11,5004-8 weeks
Jacksonville to Doha$4,000- $6,500$7,400- $12,3004-8 weeks
San Jose to Doha$4,000- $6,700$7,600- $12,6005-9 weeks
Detroit to Doha$4,100- $6,800$7,700- $12,7004-8 weeks
Dallas to Al Rayyan$4,200- $6,900$7,800- $12,9004-8 weeks
Las Vegas to Doha$4,500- $7,400$8,500- $14,0005-9 weeks
Memphis to Doha$4,500- $7,400$8,300- $13,7004-8 weeks
Chicago to Doha$4,600- $7,700$8,700- $14,2004-8 weeks
Phoenix to Doha$4,700- $7,800$8,800- $14,5005-9 weeks
Denver to Al Rayyan$6,000- $10,000$11,200- $18,3005-9 weeks

*Please note that these estimates do not include taxes, customs fees & duties, insurance & quarantine inspections. They assume easy access to both pick up and drop-off addresses and do not allow for special items such as pianos.

Estimated Weight (based on home size):
1BR=2600 lbs – 3900 lbs
2BR=3900 lbs – 5200 lbs
3BR=6500 lbs – 9100 lbs
4BR=9100 lbs – 14300 lbs
5BR=11700 lbs – 19500 lbs

Can import duties be waived on household items?

Used household belongings can be imported without paying duty, if the monetary value is under $800. Above this amount, you’ll pay a 5% duty that will be levied on the designated value (which the Customs Valuation Committee will determine). An additional charge of $175 (called a legalization fee) will be imposed as well. Customs also requires that all paperwork be in the destination agent’s hands a minimum of five days before your shipment enters port. Failure to comply with this regulation could result in extra fees during clearance (1).

Though the International Association of Movers agrees that a 5% duty is typically charged – they do list one possible exception. For goods that enter Doha port by sea later than six months after you relocate to Qatar, duty will be charged. This implies that shipments which arrive in Doha within six months of your move, could be exempted from duty. This is far from certain, however, so you should speak with customs to learn more (2).

What paperwork will you need for household items?

You are required to show your passport and a Residence Permit or Visa. A letter written by you to the destination agent is also necessary, giving them permission to process your goods for entry (3). It seems this letter must be written in Arabic, so you’ll likely need to employ a translator.

A Letter of Employment (or NOC) is also mandatory, though this can also be written by a sponsor within the country. The Original Bill of Lading or Air Waybill for the shipment and a full packing list must be submitted as well (4). Finally, a comprehensive inventory and Employer Attestation will be required (5).

Can import duties be waived on vehicles?

While no duty exemption exists, the current rate is just 5% on vehicle imports. This is extremely reasonable, especially when compared to far higher rates in many other countries around the world. Duty is levied on the vehicle’s value, and the customs agent will decide this figure during clearance (6).

What are the import regulations for vehicles?

You must follow certain rules when bringing your vehicle into Qatar. These include the stipulation that you already be a resident within the country, before registering the vehicle. Also, vehicles manufactured more than five years ago are not eligible for importation. Right-hand drive vehicles or those which don’t adhere to Gulf standards also cannot be brought into Qatar (7). If you have a driver’s license issued in the United States, this is not sufficient to operate the vehicle in Qatar. You’re required to get a permanent license from Qatar instead (8).

What paperwork will you need for vehicles?

You must show both the title and registration, as well as documents proving ownership of the vehicle. A valid passport, the Original Bill of Lading and a copy of your insurance policy are also required. A purchase receipt for the vehicle and your Residence Permit will be requested as well. Finally, an Import Manifest is mandatory documentation (9).
You should now have an excellent idea of what to expect, when your shipments pass through customs in Qatar. However, this overview is far from complete – and many other regulations, procedures and filing requirements will apply.
For example, bringing in media materials that Qatar deems objectionable, can lead to jail time (10). With such potentially harsh penalties for missteps during clearance, you’re urged to simply contact customs directly. This will ensure that you have all the information you need, to pass through customs without any issues.

Tips on how to make your international move easier

Relocating to any country in the world, Qatar included, is not an easy process. However, you can use the following tips to make your international move easier:

  • Conduct research on all that relates to your move so that you may make well informed decisions. There is plenty of information online such as on the US Department of Transportation (USDOT) website.
  • Prepare, package and label your valuables properly. This makes them more secure and also makes it easier for the team that will be handling them
  • Prepare the required documents well in advance and be ready to present them as and when required for processing.
  • Liaising with the moving company. Maintain a good company-client relationship so as to ensure that your move will be executed easily.


Why you need a professional moving company when relocating overseas

Shipping to Qatar is not complicated thanks to the efficient laws and positive relations between the US and Qatar. You however, still need guidance from a professional moving company that will make the move less complex for you. Such a moving company will aim to make the move easier for you, from start to finish. They will see to it that all your documents are in order and will advise you on all legal requirements to ensure you do not encounter any hitches during the moving process.



A-1 Auto Transport can help you move your household goods internationally. Call 888-509-3213 to get a free, no obligation to buy price quote on interstate moving services.



How to find the best international moving company

The best moving company is one that will meet your needs and still charge shipping costs that match your budget. There are many adverts that create the impression that a shipping company is the best. How then can you choose one before you determine that they are indeed the best? You may consider their experience in offering Qatar International Moving Services and the testimonials given by their previous clients. Looking at their performance and rating in the industry will also give you an idea how they rank against the other moving companies.


Our Qatar international moving services

  • Packing/unpacking: No matter the size of your luggage, we can pack and unpack them for you, assuring you that they will be in good condition.
  • Commercial moving: Setting up base at Qatar? We will get you there in good time.
  • Office moves: Let us handle your office inventory as you focus on expanding your business.
  • Apartment moves: We help you get settled in your new apartment soonest possible.
  • Planning and preparation: We know the benefit that comes from being well prepared. We help you prepare your documents to ensure you benefit from the existing exemptions.
  • Visa and immigration services: We offer guidance and support through your visa application and advise you on entry and exit permits.
  • Housing assistance: Moving from house-to-house need not break your back. Our team is dedicated to help you have a smooth move.
  • Family services: From your current home to your home away from home, we are here to help families relocate safely.
  • Auto transport services: We guide you through the process from start to finish. Should you require any further assistance on what is required from you, you may seek clarification from the US Embassy in Qatar.


Why A-1 Auto Transport?

A-1 Auto Transport is the best moving company with experience that spans over 20 years. Partnering with us assures you that you are making your move with one of the biggest players in the moving industry. We offer great delivery service as well as support, with a team that is there to respond to any of your questions at whichever hour. We are also willing to send a quote to you on our Qatar International Moving Services for free and without any attached obligations.


Get moving!

Please fill-out the form at the top of the page. Call us soon on 888-509-3213 and get moving. We have a professional support team that is ready to give you advice and to answer any questions you may have about our Qatar International Moving Services. You may also drop a message to us using the contact details provided here. We look forward to hear or read from you!

SOURCES:

  1. Found on Atlast Int’l “Importing Personal Property Into Qatar” page.
  2. http://www.iamovers.org/ResourcesPublications/CountryGuides.aspx?ItemNumber=3551
  3. Found Moverscom “Moving to Qatar” page.
  4. http://www.iamovers.org/ResourcesPublications/CountryGuides.aspx?ItemNumber=3551
  5. Found on Atlast Int’l “Importing Personal Property Into Qatar” page.
  6. http://www.iamovers.org/ResourcesPublications/CountryGuides.aspx?ItemNumber=3551
  7. Found on Atlast Int’l “Importing Personal Property Into Qatar” page.
  8. https://www.a1autotransport.com/ship-car-to-Qatar/
  9. http://www.iamovers.org/ResourcesPublications/CountryGuides.aspx?ItemNumber=3551
Joe Webster

Written by Joe Webster

Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.

After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.

With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.

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