Shipping a Car to UAE

Shipping a vehicle to the United Arab Emirates, or UAE for short, is easy when you partner with the premier shipping company in the United States: Ship Overseas. Here, we will cover:

Shipping Car from USA to UAE

Ship Overseas, Inc. is happy to answer your questions regarding the shipping process to UAE, including Pricing, Documents, Departure and Arrival Ports. Please call us directly if you don’t see your specific question answered here. Backed by more than 40 years of experience, Ship Overseas is your go-to source when you want to ship a car to UAE.

To get the most accurate price quote, please give us the Year/Make/Model of your car, Pickup Zip Code or Departure Port, and Destination Country (in this case UAE).

Pick Up

Upon receiving your quote to ship your car to UAE, there will be an optional charge listed that shows the cost for us to pick up your car and transport it to the port for you. The other option is to get your own car to the port, but keep in mind you will have to pay for your own 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.

Departure Shipping Ports

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


  • Tacoma, WA
  • Port Hueneme, Ventura County
  • San Diego, CA
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Brunswick, GA
  • Galveston, TX
  • Newark, NJ


  • Long Beach, CA
  • Houston, TX
  • Newark, NJ

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 UAE

Our shipping lines stop in the ports of Jebel Ali & Abu Dhabi Hamad, with container shipping only going to Jebel Ali. Have your designated pick up person meet the car at one of those ports, where they will also pay in cash for Vehicle Import Tax & Duty, if applicable.

Port of Jebel Ali is the world’s ninth busiest port, the largest man-made harbor, and the biggest and busiest port in the entire Middle East. Abu Dhabi Port is based in the capital of the UAE and is one of the region’s largest holding companies.

How Much Does It Cost to Ship a Car to UAE

Keep reading to learn all about the costs to ship a car to UAE. Remember, the prices will vary with the size of car, method of shipping and other factors.

Cost to ship a car to UAE starts at $1326 from Baltimore, MD to Jebel Ali. It costs $1620  from Brunswick, GA to Abu Dhabi. See a list below.

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

The estimated transit time to ship a car from the USA to UAE is 6 weeks from the West Coast and 7 weeks from the East Coast.

Note: The Estimated Time does not include the time involved for the trucker to pick up your car vehicle and bring it to the port. Rather, it starts when your car arrives at the shipping terminal.

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

  • $1626 from West Coast USA Tacoma, WA; Port Hueneme, Ventura County; and San Diego, CA
  • $1326 Baltimore, MD to Jebel Ali
  • $1476 Baltimore, MD to Abu Dhabi
  • $1466 Brunswick, GA to Jebel Ali
  • $1620 Brunswick, GA to Abu Dhabi
  • $1466 Galveston, TX to Jebel Ali
  • $1616 Galveston, TX to Abu Dhabi
  • $1635 New Jersey to Jebel Ali and Abu Dhabi

The year/make/model of your car and which departure port you select are two big factors dictating cost, as is the choice to have us pick up your car instead of dropping it off yourself.

Other factors when it comes to pricing include:

  • Shipping large SUVs costs more than shipping compact cars.
  • You will save money initially if you personally drop off your car at the departure shipping port. However, don’t forget to factor in the price of getting home, such as hotel arrangements, food, lodging, etc.
  • Shipping a car from the West Coast generally costs more than shipping a car from the East Coast USA.

Vehicle Import Tax & Duty & Destination Handling Charge

You will pay 4% Duty on CIF Value. Ship Overseas does NOT collect the import duty.

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

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

US Military

We are authorized shippers for the US military to UAE. In fact, we work very often with members of the military and government in aiding them to transport their cars to their new base assignment. The military will usually cover the cost of your shipment, but you will have to pay for a second car to be shipped (i.e., spouse’s car).

POV Transfer Requirements for Military

The car you plan to ship must:

  1. Be owned or leased by a member of the military or a dependent.
  2. Be legal on public highways and self-propelled.
  3. Feature four wheels or more (only exceptions: mopeds and motorcycles).
  4. Have written consent for transport from the third party if it’s a lease.

For more information, read about military car shipping.

Storage Fees

Should your designated person be unable to pick up your car at the port on time, storage fees will be charged by the ports in UAE. Contact us for the latest storage fee amounts.

Optional Marine Insurance

This is optional but it is highly recommended. That’s because accidents happen on the open seas that are out of our control, especially during hurricane season (June 1 through November 30). While damage and loss are very rare, this option is recommended if you wouldn’t be able to afford out of pocket cash for repairs or losses. We offer 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. Please learn more about Marine Insurance here.

Shipping Car to UAE 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 but should secure prior authorization from the lender. This is necessary to pass through US Customs, and if skipped, the car could be considered stolen.

US Military and Dependants

At the two UAE ports, a destination offloading fee of $300 USD for sedans and SUVs will be charged. (Prices subject to change.) To obtain a release of your vehicle, visit the Officer at your Base in charge of Transport to get the required documents for your Military Tags so you can then drive to your base. Once there, you will have to show your ID.

Want us to arrange the forwarding of your vehicle right to the base? Just 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 UAE

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

Shipping Methods

We offer both RoRo shipping and container shipping to UAE.

RoRo Shipping is available from these U.S. ports: Tacoma, WA; Port Hueneme, Ventura County; San Diego, CA; Baltimore, MD; Brunswick, GA; Galveston, TX; and Newark, NJ.

RoRo (Roll On Roll Off)

RoRo (short for roll on, roll off) vessels allow your vehicle to be tied down in a designated spot securely. Basically, anything with tires that can Roll On and Off the ship of its own power can be loaded in this manner. It’s great for vehicles such as cars, motorcycles, motorhomes, campers, trailers, buses, construction vehicles, and boats, and most people use RoRo when shipping just one vehicle. These ships resemble a big parking garage on the inside, so your vehicle has to be able to go up and down the ramp with no assistance.

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. In fact, new car manufacturers prefer to use RoRo shipping due to the speed and promise of additional protection against external elements. All vehicles are securely tied to the deck.

Container Shipping

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

Container shipping is just what it sounds like: your car shares a container with other vehicles. While not as fast as RoRo shipping because the containers don’t ship until they are full, many people choose this option who have to transport cars that are not in working order or who aren’t in a rush.

Payment Methods / Options

You don’t have to pay for the shipment until 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 located outside the USA, wire transfer or cashier’s check is the most common method of paying.

Credit Card & Zelle

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

Canceling Your Order

If you need to cancel your shipment, please email us as soon as possible. We can refund your payment with the original payment method, less a $300 cancellation fee.

Additional Information

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

USA Customs Clearance

Ship Overseas, Inc. will clear US Customs for you. While most US Customs agents just look through the car’s window, some will open up the trunk.

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Who Can Pick Up The Vehicle in UAE

Anyone you want. We ask that you tell us their name well before the sailing date so they can be listed 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. Should you notify the shipping line of changes after your cargo has been loaded on the vessel, a fee will be assessed.