Container Shipping to UAE from USA
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With our 25+ years of dedicated service helping companies ship containers to UAE from the USA, why would you choose anyone else? Trust our professionals to coordinate the details of your container shipping needs, whether you want to ship Industrial Supplies & Materials, Consumer Goods, Capital Goods, Automotive Vehicles (Cars, Parts, and Engines), or Foods Feeds & Beverages. With shipping lines departing from all major ports in the United States, we offer a convenience unparalleled in the industry.

Here’s how it works:

We make the entire process go as smoothly and efficiently as possible, starting with the moment you submit your quote form to us specifying the goods you’re shipping, the container size you’ll need, and location of the goods for pickup. Overall, we are experts at preparing and providing export compliance documents, including licenses and permits, using our nearly three decades of experience to handle all your container shipping needs. In turn, you get to focus more on your business operations and less on figuring out how to get your container to UAE on time. Because we can offer our prospective customers relevant information on container shipping to UAE in a timely manner, we know that you will enjoy having this burden off your shoulders. Our suite of services includes providing price quotes, tracking information, and streamlined shipping operations.

The process begins after you submit your quote and after authorizing funds on your credit card. We’ll actually charge your card later, or you can choose to pay by check or bank transfer instead. Once an order is placed, we can set the wheels in motion by dispatching our truck driver to your location, where you will fill and seal the container that the truck driver provides. Once that is all set, the truck driver transports the container to the assigned port to await loading and shipping to UAE. Our customers must mail a notarized, original Bill of Sale to our office for Customs clearance, plus provide a copy for the driver. We’ll also provide a dock receipt which will also need to be given to the driver.

Rely on our tried-and-true services to assist your company in building and strengthening its export and/or import processes

Information For USA Based Companies –

Do you need a container to ship product to UAE? First off, a license may need to be procured in the event you’re exporting certain types of commodities or goods. Don’t know if you need one? Let us know what you’re shipping and we’ll tell you if a license is necessary in your case. Just be sure to fill out the quote form to better inform us. As the exporter, your company does not have to pay the UAE import duties. Those are paid by the importer (receiver) once the product arrives at port to be unloaded.

The United States Department of Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the agency in charge of making sure all export laws and regulations are followed for all goods leaving the United States, often times delegates its authority onto other government agencies when certain commodities or goods are involved. To illustrate, a pharmaceutical company in the USA shipping a container of prescription drugs to UAE would require a license from the Drug Enforcement Administration.

A list of basic commodities/products which may require export licenses, along with pertinent agency contact information, is available at U.S. Department of Commerce (by far the most commonly used); Bureau of Industry and Security; Department of State; Directorate of Defense Trade Controls; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Drug Enforcement Administration; Nuclear Regulatory Commission; Office of Foreign Assets Control; or the Bureau of the Census websites. These are good resources to learn about export control responsibilities of various government agencies. Those new to the business of international trade importing/exporting containers should refer to this source: US Customs & Border Protection – Basic Importing and Exporting. If for any reason a person in the USA need to find out import duties in UAE, contact the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC.

The cost of shipping a container to UAE is reliant on many factors, so fill out our quote form fully to advise us of what you’re shipping. By clicking the green “Get Rates” button, we can advise you if your export requires a license.

Information for UAE Based Companies –

UAE-based businesses may need a license to import goods – namely, controlled goods. Companies receiving goods in the UAE should prepare beforehand and know the local import duties and/or permits to a T. Being unprepared in this aspect can lead to legal problems upon product arrival. So who pays import duty? The receiver pays this at pickup in UAE. The following are required from the UAE Customs Department: Delivery order, Packing list, Original invoice, Attested original certificate of origin, Bill of lading, Receipt of duties or deposit settled, Inspection report. Contact UAE (Sharjah) Customs Department for the import duty rates.

Shipping Container Measurements – 20ft, 40ft, 40ft HC

Those who are unsure which size container to pick out may want to browse container dimensions here. Plus, the right-hand picture further illustrates the difference in height between a 40ft container and a 40ft HC. Our offered container sizes include 20ft, 40ft, and 40ft HC (High Container) containers, which you need to specify in your quote form. This is to assist us in giving you the most accurate price, as cost does vary on size. If it’s helpful, the most common sizes customers choose are the 20ft container and the 40ft HC.

Marine Insurance – Protecting Your Product

When shipping your goods to UAE, first think about getting the optional marine insurance. Like any other kind of insurance, it will set your mind at ease knowing your products, such as valuable electronics, are protected against loss or damage on the trip to UAE. Although damage and loss are unlikely, this isn’t to say it doesn’t happen. According to COGSA (Carriage of Goods by Sea Act) if damage or loss occurs, legally the person or company on the Bill of Lading is only entitled to $500. So, if you’re shipping a $200,000 (USD) piece of equipment, you might only get a $500 entitlement if the product is damaged while on the ship. The cost of marine insurance relies on the stated value of whatever you’re shipping. We can let you know a set amount once we know what your products are. Properly packing your valuables is also another tip, since the ship tends to rock at sea and may cause damage internally.


Marine insurance allows you to rest easy knowing your assets are protected


Why choose us over the competition?

BBB Accredited

We have a solid track record and are an Accredited Company registered with the Better Business Bureau. Click the BBB image to the left to validate our A+ Accreditation. When shipping a container to UAE, both the sender and receiver should only work with a BBB Accredited business.


FMCWe are registered with the FMC (Federal Maritime Commission). Click the image to the left and Select “Organization Name” and type in “Ship Overseas”. Here is proof of our FMC Certification (also known as a NVOCC License). Never use an international car shipping company who cannot prove they are certified with the Federal Government.



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