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What's in this article?
  1. Car Shipping United Arab Emirates
  2. Shipping A Car To Uae (United Arab Emirates)
  3. Typical Shipping Prices – How Much Does It Cost?
  4. Cost & Time Examples For Shipping A Car To Uae
  5. Regulations When Shipping A Vehicle To The United Arab Emirates
  6. Shipping A Motorcycle To The United Arab Emirates
  7. Selecting The Right Shipping Method
  8. Crate Shipping
  9. Container Shipping
  10. Roro Shipping
  11. Shipping An Rv To The United Arab Emirates
  12. Selecting The Right Shipping Method
  13. Roro Shipping
  14. Lolo Shipping
  15. Shipping Vehicles Overseas
  16. Popular Uae Shipping Destinations
  17. Importing A Vehicle To Uae
  18. Required Documents For Shipping A Vehicle To The United Arab Emirates
  19. More Information And Resources
  20. Other Services
  21. Related Information
Ship Car To UAE (United Arab Emirates)

Car Shipping United Arab Emirates

Shipping A Car To UAE (United Arab Emirates)

Typical Shipping Prices – How Much Does It Cost?

  • Shipping a car to the United Arab Emirates from the U.S. usually costs from$3,500 to $6,000 for most vehicles.
  • Specialty services (such as door-to-door delivery) and shipment of larger vehicles carry an additional cost.

Cost & Time Examples For Shipping a Car to UAE

Los Angeles to (California port) to Jebel Ali$350$2,3005+37
Boston, MA to (New York port) to Jebel Ali$400$2,1005+25
Las Vegas, NV to (California port) to Sharjah$450$2,4005+37
Seattle, WA to (California port) to Jebel Ali$550$2,3006+37
Detroit, MI to (New York port) to Jebel Ali$575$2,1006+25
Chicago, IL to (New York port) to Jebel Ali$675$2,1006+25
Denver, CO to (California port) to Sharjah$775$2,4007+37
Memphis, TN to (New York port) to Jebel Ali$800$2,1006+25
Miami, FL to (New York port) to Jebel Ali$925$2,1007+25
Dallas, TX to (California port) to Sharjah$1,025$2,4007+37

*Prices and times are estimated. They can vary depending on the season and the type of vehicle.

*Save the ground transport cost by delivering the vehicle to the nearest port.

*Allow an additional 10 days to process the documents.

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*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.

*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.

The United Arab Emirates commonly referred to as Emirates, or the UAE is located right on the southeast end of the Arabian Peninsula. The region is known for its tropical weather with its sweltering summers and warm winters. While the capital of the country is Abu Dhabi , Dubai is a popular capital and a trendy area for vacationing.

Regulations When Shipping A Vehicle To The United Arab Emirates

In addition to the 5% import duty imposed by customs, it seems that a 5% value-added tax (VAT) will also be charged. According to reputable international moving organization FIDI, if you fail to submit original documents to customs - then you’ll be billed a further $300 (1). Be aware that customs doesn’t allow vehicles manufactured more than 10 years ago to be imported, without special approval from the local office processing your shipment. Right-hand drive vehicles or vehicles with tinted glass also cannot be brought into the United Arab Emirates.

In your vehicle shipment paperwork, you must include the color, year, model (with model number), chassis number, gross weight, market value and engine number. During processing, be sure to obtain the required vehicle clearance certificate from customs, as this must be given to the traffic department after entry. Finally, you’re advised to expect long clearance times in the large port of Jebel Ali, with up to 2 weeks being a typical processing window (2).

Shipping A Motorcycle to The United Arab Emirates

The same paperwork and regulatory requirements covered above, should apply when shipping a motorcycle to the UAE. Keep in mind that customs apparently enforces a limit of just a single personal vehicle (of any type) per year (3). This means that if you choose to import a car into the country, you won’t be permitted to also bring in a motorcycle for at least one year.

Selecting The Right Shipping Method

In most cases, crate, container or roll-on/roll-off (RoRo) shipping will be the most appropriate choice for your motorcycle.

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Crate Shipping

This method involves crating up your bike and setting it on a pallet for easy loading and unloading. The custom crate size allows for a snug fit - meaning your motorcycle shouldn’t shift (or fall) during the ocean crossing. The crate also provides a measure of protection from the salt in the sea air, plus it shields the motorcycle from being dented or scratched by other cargo on board. Though some countries mandate that all wood crates undergo fumigation per ISPM 15 certification guidelines - the United Arab Emirates does not require this step (4).

Container Shipping

While container shipping provides the same advantages, it also offers much more interior space for other goods. This makes it a convenient choice, if you wish to ship other household belongings along with your motorcycle. Standard shipping container lengths are 20 and 40 feet.

RoRo Shipping

A common solution for shipping a vehicle overseas, roll-on/roll-off vessels feature folding ramps - allowing vehicles to drive right onto the ship. This approach eliminates the need for much preparation before shipping, and it greatly speeds up the loading and unloading process (5). RoRo shipping can also be an economical choice. Once in place, your motorcycle will be secured using tie-downs, or with a securement rig built into the deck.

Shipping An RV to The United Arab Emirates

With its much larger dimensions, your available shipping options are a bit different, when shipping an RV to the United Arab Emirates.

Selecting The Right Shipping Method

Since container or crate shipping won’t work with an RV, you can select either roll-on/roll-off or lift-on/lift-off shipping.

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RoRo Shipping

RoRo ships are designed to accommodate different sizes of vehicles, so this method is a viable one - as long as your RV isn’t larger than the maximum allowable dimensions for a specific RoRo vessel. Keep in mind that height clearance could be an issue for your RV - so be sure to check beforehand that your particular model will fit comfortably on board.

LoLo Shipping

An alternative is lift-on/lift-off (LoLo) shipping, which uses a derrick, gantry or jib crane built into the ship to load cargo on board. Since LoLo vessels are usually designed with flexible cargo areas, they can often handle even extremely large loads (6).

In fact, this method is used to transport large sailing vessels around the world - so it may well be the perfect solution if you own an oversized Class A RV. With the upper limit for RVs standing at 45 feet in length and upwards of 15 tons, LoLo shipping may be your only feasible choice (7).

Shipping Vehicles Overseas

For many, the thought of shipping a vehicle that they’ve paid thousands of dollar for, from the United States to another country sounds scary. Your fear can be eliminated with a healthy dose of research and by obtaining the help of a reputable auto shipping company.

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Importing a Vehicle to UAE

Shipping a vehicle internationally has it's challenging. Before you begin the process it’s important to make sure, you have the necessary documents required by UAE custom’s department. To avoid any delays in the customs clearances be sure that you have acquired the appropriate documents for you MVC.

Click here to learn more about vehicle registration process in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Required Documents For Shipping A Vehicle To The United Arab Emirates

  1. Proof of insurance for the vehicle being imported
  2. Export declaration from the U.S customs department
  3. Original invoice or certificate for new vehicles
  4. Trade license of the company exporting the vehicle and documents identifying the importer
  5. Bill of lading
  6. Passport
  7. Visa or residence permit

Special conditions for importing a foreign vehicle into the United Arab Emirates include:

  • You must have a valid residence permit
  • The depreciation of the vehicle being imported cannot exceed five years

You will also be required to pay a custom’s duty fee of 5% of the market value of your vehicle.

More Information and Resources

Tourist Travel Certificate for Vehicles – Tourist must apply for a special certificate to import their vehicle into the United Arab Emirates for tourism purposes only.

Fee Structure – When importing a vehicle from outside the UAE you will incur special fees and taxes.

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(1) https://www.fidi.org/sites/default/files/public/2020-03/M_Svcs_Customsregulation_United%20Arab%20Emirates_0.pdf



(4)Found on Atlas Int’l “Importing Personal Belongings Into The United Arab Emirates” page.




Frequently Asked Questions

I have relocated to the UAE for my job and I need to import my car there, what are some of the important shipping ports here that can handle shipments coming from the USA?

How much will I have to pay for shipping my car from the USA to the UAE?

When should I expect my car shipment from the USA to pull through and reach the UAE?

What documents do I have to have at hand for importing my car from the USA to the UAE?

How should I prepare my car for shipping to the UAE?

I am not sure how this whole thing works, can you give me a breakdown of the whole shipment process for importing my car from the USA to the UAE?

What shipment options do I have when shipping my car from the USA to the UAE, and should I really bother about such details?

Are there any special import regulations I need to know of when importing my car from the USA to the UAE?

What are the import requirements for bringing in your car temporarily in the UAE from the USA? 

What amount of import taxes and customs duties should I expect to pay for importing a car from the USA to the UAE?

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