Car Shipping to UAE from USA

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Shipping Cars to UAE from the USA

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 20 years shipping cars from the USA, we are able to offer some of the most competitive container rates 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)
  • Identification
  • 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:

  1. Bahrain
  2. Kuwait
  3. Oman
  4. Qatar
  5. Saudi Arabia
  6. UAE

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.

Container Services

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.

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.


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.


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.

*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

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 cost until we’ve got your location and vehicle information.

We can however 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.

For further information or to find out how much it costs to ship your vehicle to UAE, Contact us or Ask a Car Quote

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