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).
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.
The U.S. departure shipping ports that ship to UAE include:
Port Hueneme, Ventura County
San Diego, CA
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 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.
I feel bad as I see a lot of people writing bad comments about this company. I've NEVER had a problem with them. NEVER.(Regarding the negative reviews..)Ship overseas is not an insurance provider, but rather a shipping company -- you must make sure to get insurance when shipping your vehicle so that no damages occur to it. They don't own the ship, nor workers, and of course as a result cannot guarantee the people on the ship won't damage your car.ShipOverseas is my go-to when I have to ship my cars. Which sounds funny to say, but I've actually shipped my car multiple times with them.Jack, one of the agents and owner is always very helpful, and does a great job of putting in trust in clients by making sure you understand the process in detail.I've transported my CLA45 AMG from the US to Belgium, without a problem, and have shipped it back, and am now buying a new car and shipping it back!You could say I'm somewhat of a (very happy) repeat customer – Photos for reference!
We highly recommend Shipoverseas services! Not only are they specialized in shipping gas/diesel motor operated cars but also specialize in shipping EV vehicles as well. We used there International shipping services to ship a 2022 Porsche Taycan to Dubai. The car arrived in less than a month in perfect shape, same as leaving our location. We worked with both Jack and Gary, both were great communicating and providing a timely status update. We will definitely be a regular customer! Thank you Jack and Gary!
Thank you Miron and Ship Overseas Team for helping me ship my car to Finland. I appreciate your response when I needed answers. Also many thanks for helping me find an agent in Kotka, Finland.I will definitely refer your company to my friends and colleagues.
We got a really good services. Jack always answers your so many questions with a short delay , for sure in the day , most of the time in the hour ( and in the minute too ). Really good communication. That's why we choose Ship Over Seas from the other company quotes we received. Good services , good prices , that's the criteria for our choice we don't regret at all. Thanks again.
Shipped my car from NC to Puerto Rico. They took care of the transport of my car from NC to the port in FL, and then on the ship from FL to PR. The staff was very responsive to all communications I sent, especially while my car was in transit. I always knew exactly where my vehicle was. Very kind and helpful staff, especially when I was just calling to inquire in the beginning. Will use them again if I ever need to ship my car back stateside.
Very helpful, quick response to questions. Shipped my car to Costa Rica, no issues what so ever. I had shipped cars previously with other companies but Ship Overseas helped with the best solution which for my needs was RORO. I will definitely ship with them again, thanks again SHIP Overseas..
Shipped my vehicle from Newark, NJ to Southampton, United Kingdom safely and quickly. All the complicated paperwork was laid out clearly for me to figure out the process. I was able to drive my own car in England a few weeks after dropping it off in the US. Would recommend!
I used Ship Overseas back in 2019 to ship my 2008 Harley Softtail from Galveston Texas to Belgium. I forget exactly how long it took, perhaps in the two month range. However, the bike did eventually arrive and was completely ready for me at pickup. They even handled all the import paperwork etc. My only complaint would be that somehow the bike had accumulated almost 100 extra miles on it from when I dropped in off, and picking it up. Perhaps they needed to run it around the boat a few 1000 times. Also, there were a couple of parts missing from my saddle bags. Lesson: NEVER leave anything that can't be bolted to the object you are shipping. Otherwise, great service and a very good shipping experience.
ShipOverseas was a great partner in shipping a Chevy Bolt EV to Helsinki Finland. The representatives provided easily understood descriptions of the roll on-roll off process, required paperwork, payments, etc. We drove the car onto the Galveston, TX dock with an accompanying guide. It was 100% smoothly accomplished. The car was transferred in Germany without problems (it is an electric vehicle with some unique starting characteristics) and offloaded near Helsinki, Finland. The photo shows incredibly clean conditions at the destination despite weeks at sea. I can highly recommend ShipOverseas for safe, economical, and successful vehicle shipping.
If you never had your car shipped before, I can tell you that it can be a very fearful, and stressful event, but I can vouch 1st hand that this agency took all the thought fear and stress away! We moved my XT-5 from DFW to overseas (Bahrain). We didn't have any issues, and it was relatively fast considering it's been shipped across the seas. I will 100% recommend this company to anyone and everyone. Hassle-free and delivers what was promised. I'll definitely be using them whenever we decide to return stateside!
i shipped an 89' Land Rover Defender from italy to the US without troubles, they took care of all docs and around 60 days later the car was at the port in VA. i'd definitely use them again in the future.
I shipped two cars from Savannah to Germany. Super easy process and the rates were better than anyone elses that i was getting for the same route. Would recommend them to anyone for their shipping needs. They helped along the way to get the documents needed and explained the process clearly so i knew exactly what needed to be done to have my cars on the boat that I needed them to be on. Pickup on the other side was easy as well with who shipoverseas was partnered with where my vehicles arrived. They were in contact with me often so i knew that the vehicles were on time and when to have everything ready. I will certainly be in touch again when it's time to return from my oversea travels. Thanks for the smooth process!
My car purchase and shipping to the Middle East was full of challenges and complications, however the one thing that was 100% smooth was the part handled by Miron from Ship Overseas. Great service and communication from beginning to end. Highly recommend.
This company and team were tremendously professional & also the least expensive company I found. I researched quite a few before settling on ShipOverseas. I’m glad I chose them, they were able to deliver my vehicle to my destination port in Korea when others said they could only deliver to one port in Korea and for less money. I will definitely use them again and recommend anyone shipping anyone to consult with ShipOverseas.com. Well done!
Hello Tere! Last summer I sent my car to Estonia. I was scared little bit because it was my first time ( maybe even last!) to do this kind of thing. But it went very smoothly - unexpectedly . Most difficult thing was driving myself to the port, but I did it! I could order somebody from Ship Overseas, but it cost money. And paperwork was pretty normal. The same day, I left to the airport, I got phone call that they sent car title to my old address. Wow! I thought that this title goes directly to the Estonian port, but I was wrong. They sent this very important paper over to my son.It arrived on time when I was ready to show car documents to the toll office. Everything ended very well ! Thanks to Ship Overseas. And , by the way, sending my car to Estonia was much, much cheaper than other companies offered. I am thankful !!!
I have worked with this company for many years. We started shipping cars overseas in 2004. They are the BEST! They take a serious interest in making sure your car gets where it needs to go and will walk you through all the steps to make it a smooth move! We have shipped many cars to the UK and Germany as well as several to Bahrain, I cannot imagine using anyone else. Jack, Paul, Miron and April all made my job a lot easier for over 18 years
Om my GOSH! Words can't express how grateful I am for the experience I had with Ship Overseas. Living and working overseas can be a challenge but when I called they knew exactly what to do. Other shipping companies gave a long list of the things I needed, the paperwork, questions, and the costs. Overseas got me situated in one phone call. It was fabulous!!
Ship Overseas has great rates and staff! After using them to ship my car to Germany I knew I would use them when returning to the US as well. I did get quotes both times from numerous companies but no one could beat Ship Overseas. Shipping is a breeze with them and their staff are great at getting back to you in a timely manner!
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.
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.
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).
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.