Shipping a Car to Qatar


If you are just beginning your search on how to ship a car from the USA to Qatar, Ship Overseas is here to guide you through. This is what we will cover:

Shipping Car from USA to Qatar

Ship Overseas, Inc., the top industry expert in car shipping, gives you proven guidance through all stages of the process, thanks to more than 40 years of experience. Let us answer your questions regarding the shipping process to Qatar, including Pricing, Documents, Departure and Arrival Ports. Please call us directly if you have more questions!

To get the most accurate price quote, we will need the Year/Make/Model of your car, Pickup Zip Code or Departure Port, and Destination Country (in this case Qatar).

Pick Up

Upon receiving your quote to ship your car to Qatar, you will notice an optional charge listed for us to pick up your car for you and transport it to the port for you for a fee. This option may be best if you live far from the port, as otherwise you would be responsible for the costs of gas and food, time off work, getting back home, and staying in hotels. Many people pay us to come get their vehicle from their home or work rather than driving it themselves to the nearest port, in the majority of cases. But sometimes they ask us to drive their car to the nearest port in the USA, which we can do for a couple hundred dollars extra.

Departure Shipping Ports

The U.S. departure shipping ports that ship to Qatar include:

Tacoma, WA
Port Hueneme, Ventura County
San Diego, CA
Baltimore MD
Jacksonville, FL
Freeport, TX  
Houston, TX
Newark, NJ
Long Beach, CA

Bring your car to one of these ports or we can pick it up for you at an additional cost.

Arrival At Shipping Terminal in Qatar

Our RoRo ships arrive in Hamad, while our container ships arrive in Doha. These ports are where your designated pick up person will retrieve your vehicle, and they should bring cash with them to pay for Tax or Duty. See the section below for Vehicle Import Tax & Duty.

The Hamad Port is Qatar’s main seaport, located in the Umm Al-Houl area. It can handle up to 7.8 million tonnes of products annually. The Doha Port is located in Doha, next to some of the country’s most popular tourist destinations.

How Much Does It Cost to Ship a Car to Qatar

To learn more about the costs to ship a car to Qatar, please read below. Costs will vary with the size of car, method of shipping and other factors.

The cost to ship a car to Qatar starts at $1626 from west coast USA and ranges from $1805 – $1885 from the east coast.

Departure & Arrival Ports, Starting Costs, & How Long Shipping Takes

The estimated transit time to ship a car from the USA to Qatar is 2 months from the West Coast; 5 weeks from Baltimore; 4 weeks from Jacksonville, FL; and 5 weeks from Freeport, TX.

Keep in mind, the Estimated Time does not include the time involved for the trucker to pick up the vehicle and get it to the port — it starts when your car arrives at the shipping terminal.

The base cost to ship a car from USA to Qatar is:

  • $1626 from West Coast USA
  • $1805 from Baltimore, MD
  • $1885 Jacksonville, FL
  • $1885 Freeport, TX

The year/make/model of your car and which departure port you choose are two main factors dictating cost. Your decision to have us pick up your car instead of dropping it off yourself is another factor.

Other cost factors when shipping a car to Qatar from the U.S. include:

  • While you will technically save money if you personally drop off your car at the departure shipping port, you still have to make travel arrangements for getting back home — at your own expense.
  • It costs more for us to pick up your car at your house.
  • Shipping compact cars costs less than shipping large SUVs.
  • Shipping a car from the East Coast USA is less costly than shipping from the West Coast.

Vehicle Import Tax & Duty & Destination Handling Charge

You will pay 5% of CIF and Legalization tax. Ship Overseas does NOT collect the import duty.

The destination handling charge for shipping a car from USA to Qatar is approximately $300.

If you are in the USA, contact the Embassy of Qatar by phone if you need the latest information.

US Military

We are authorized shippers for the US military to Qatar. We frequently work with members of the military and government to transport their cars to their new base. The military typically covers the cost of your shipment, unless you want to ship a second car (such as your spouse’s) too, but you will have to pay for that shipment.

POV Transfer Requirements for Military

  1. Please note, the vehicle you are shipping must:
    1. Have four wheels or more (exception: mopeds and motorcycles).
    2. Have written consent for transport from the third party if it’s a lease.
    3. Be owned or leased by a member of the military or a dependent.
    4. Be legal on public highways and self-propelled.
    For more information, read about military car shipping.

Storage Fees

If the designated person is not able to pick up your car at the port on time, storage fees will be charged by the ports in Qatar. Contact us to learn the latest storage fees.

Optional Marine Insurance

This is optional but we highly recommend it. Accidents happen on the open sea that are beyond our control, particularly during hurricane season (June 1 through November 30). However, please note that damage and loss are very rare. You can choose to get our full coverage Marine Insurance against Loss or Damage, which lasts from the time your car is loaded onto the ship until you take possession of it. The cost is 1.75% of the value you want to insure the car for. This option is recommended if you wouldn’t be able to afford out of pocket cash for repairs or losses. Here’s where you can learn more about Marine Insurance here.

Shipping Car to Qatar Military, Government Contractors

Members of the US Military and Government employees (or contractors) are allowed to ship a car overseas while carrying a lien on the car. However, they must secure prior authorization from the lender, as this is required to pass US Customs. The car could be considered stolen if this step is skipped.

US Military and Dependants

At the two Qatar ports, you will be charged a destination offloading fee of $300 USD for sedans and SUVs. (Prices can change, so call us for the latest.) To obtain a release of your vehicle, visit the Officer at your Base in charge of Transport. This person will also provide you with documents to complete for your Military Tags so you can then drive to your base. Once there, you will have to show your ID.

If you would like us to arrange the forwarding of your vehicle right to the base, request delivery service from us for an extra fee.

Government Contractors

Government contractors follow the same procedures as US military active-duty personnel.

Documents Required to Ship Car to Qatar

Shipping a car to Qatar from the USA will require you to bring the Original Title and an ID.

Vehicle Registration in Qatar

  • Provide a Bill of Sale or a Notarized Bill of Sale, depending on the port the vehicle is sailing from.When purchasing a new vehicle, please provide an original Certificate of Origin from the Dealership that sold you the vehicle. This will allow it to pass Customs Clearance.
  • No Sales Tax is payable to the Seller; proof of export will be given to the Seller if requested.
  • If the vehicle is used or pre-owned, the existing Certificate of Title should be endorsed by the seller to the new owner.

Shipping Methods

We offer both RoRo shipping and container shipping to Qatar.

RoRo Shipping is available from these U.S. ports: Tacoma, WA; Port Hueneme, Ventura County; San Diego, CA; Baltimore MD; Jacksonville, FL; Freeport, TX.

RoRo (Roll On Roll Off)

RoRo is short for roll on, roll off. Basically, anything with tires that can Roll On and Off the ship of its own power can be loaded in this way. Able to accommodate vehicles such as cars, motorcycles, motorhomes, campers, trailers, buses, construction vehicles, and boats, most people use RoRo when shipping one vehicle. These ships look like one big parking garage on the inside, so your vehicle has to be able to go up and down the ramp with no assistance. Once loaded on the RoRo vessel, your vehicle will be tied down in a designated spot securely.

New car manufacturers prefer to use RoRo shipping due to the promise of additional protection against external elements. All vehicles are securely tied to the deck.

A highly efficient and cost-effective option, you get the most reliable departure and arrival dates with this method, with the precision of an airline flight schedule.

Container Shipping

Container Shipping is available from these U.S. ports: Houston, TX; Newark, NJ; and Long Beach, CA.

This method involves your car sharing a container with other vehicles. It’s not as fast as RoRo shipping because the containers don’t ship until they are full. However, if you have a car that does not work, this is the option you would choose.

Payment Methods / Options

You are responsible for payment upon the vehicle’s arrival at port.

Wire Transfer or Cashier’s Check

We will provide our bank information after you have placed your order. If you are outside the USA, this is the most common method of paying.

Credit Card & Zelle

There are no service fees with Zelle. There is a 3% service fee for credit card payments.

Canceling Your Order

If an order cancellation is necessary, email us as soon as possible. We will be happy to refund your payment with the same payment method you used, but you will have to pay a $300 cancellation fee.

Additional Information

  • The destination handling charge is approximately $300.
  • You must provide a clear Title of Ownership with no Liens on the Title.
  • If you bought the car new, your name must be listed as the registered owner on the front of the Title.
  • For safety and weight reasons, your vehicle should not have more than a ¼ tank of gas.
  • If the vehicle has been sold, both the Seller and Buyer have to sign the back of the Title in the designated spaces.

USA Customs Clearance

Ship Overseas, Inc. will clear US Customs for you, with most US Customs agents just looking through the car’s window. Some will look inside the trunk though.

Who Can Pick Up The Vehicle in Qatar

Anyone you designate. Prior to the sailing date, let us know their name so we can list them as the Receiver or Consignee. They will have to show proof of identification with a picture ID, offering the Title of Ownership and a letter of permission. If the shipping line is notified of changes after your cargo has been loaded on the vessel, you will be charged a fee.