Ship a Car to Middle East

How to Ship a Car to Middle East

Need to ship a car to the Middle East for any reason? Today is your lucky day. Get a free quote now from Ship Overseas, where we have more than 35 years of experience in the car shipping business. We ship to the Middle East all the time. From Bahrain to Jordan, check out all the Middle Eastern countries we ship to.

Don’t worry if you don’t know where to start. Whether this is your first time or fifth time shipping a car, we are here to take the worry and stress out of the process, vowing to keep you as well informed as possible.

This page was crafted to guide you in gaining the answers you seek to all your questions. But as always, if you have more questions after reading through the information, call us.

The best way to start shipping a car to the Middle East from the USA is to obtain a free quote right here on our website. Be prepared to give us the Year/Make/Model of your car, Pickup Zip Code or Departure Port, and Destination Country (in this case Middle East) and we will handle everything else.

How Much Does it Cost to Ship a Car to the Middle East?

Pricing ranges on many factors. We will also want to know how you will get it to the port, which part of the country you plan to ship it from, and which method of shipping you want. Once we have that from you, we will be better able to estimate costs. 

Here are some examples that play into the final price. It’s more affordable to:

• Ship via RoRo shipping than container shipping.
• Ship a compact car vs. a large SUV or truck.
• Ship to the Middle East from the East Coast rather than the West Coast.
• Drive your car to the port yourself rather than have us pick it up from your home.

We ship cars from the USA to the Middle Eastern countries listed below:
  • Bahrain
    We ship to Bahrain, Manama in Bahrain. Only vehicles 8 years and younger can be exported to Bahrain. No accident vehicles. Read more ›
  • Iraq
    We ship to Um Qasar in Iraq. No Vehicles older than 2 Years and Construction Equipment older than 5 Years.No Accident damage vehicles allowed.
  • Israel
    We ship to Ashdod, and Haifa in Israel. Taxes are approx. 115%-120% if he is a returning citizen and can import a vehicle not older than 4 years! For new immigrant it is approx. 75%.
  • Jordan
    We ship to Aqaba in Jordan. No vehicles older than 5 Years allowed into the country and Trucks Not older than 10
  • Kuwait
    We ship to Kuwait in Kuwait. No Vehicle older than 5 Year
  • Lebanon
    We ship to Beirut in Lebanon. No acceptance of Car/Vans/Bus older than 8 years from year of manufacture & Road tractors & trailers older than 5 years from year of manufacture.
  • Oman
    We ship to Sohar in Oman. Prior permission to import a used auto must be obtained from the Ministry of Commerce and Industry
  • Qatar
    We ship to Hamad in Qatar. No vehicles older than 5 years and Antique Vehicles not older than 35 Years. Taxes are 5% of CIF value + Legalization Read more ›
  • Saudi Arabia
    We ship to Dammam, Jeddah, and Riyadh in Saudi Arabia. No vehicles older than 5 years and 10 years for high and heavy units.No Salvage Titles or accident damaged vehicles allowed Read more ›
  • UAE
    We ship to Abu Dhabi, and Jebel Ali in the UAE. The importation of motor vehicles is allowed provided the vehicle meets UAE specifications. Vehicles new or used are subject to 4% duties on CIF value Read more ›

Additional Information

  • Visit the page of the the Middle Eastern country you’re shipping to, for information on vehicle age restrictions to import a car into that country.
  • If you bought a car new, then your name must be listed on the front of the Title as the registered owner.
  • If the vehicle has been sold, then both the Seller and Buyer have to sign the back of the Title in the spaces as detailed on the back of the Title.
  • For safety reasons, the vehicle cannot have more than a ¼ tank of gas.

Vehicle Import Duty For Middle East

Please visit the country’s page to read more about its Import Duty rules.

Offering weekly sailings from ports in the USA to the Middle East

Our shipping vessels depart on a weekly basis from U.S. seaports to a variety of ports in each Middle Eastern Country. We ship to Bahrain, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and United Arab Emirates (UAE). Click on each country to find out more about the specific ports in each.

As your go-to freight forwarder, we take pride in shipping to Middle Eastern ports on a regular basis, using one of these two methods:

RoRo Shipping – RoRo ships, the most affordable way to ship a car to Middle East, are meant to transport wheeled cargo such as cars and motorcycles. This involves vehicles being driven onto the ship of their own power (like a giant parking garage ramp).

Container Shipping – Your car is shipped inside a container with other cars to offset cost, if you select shared shipping;or it can travel in its own container if you prefer (you will pay more for this though).

Your Trusted Military Partner

If you are an active member of the military and need to ship a car to the Middle East, depend on us to get it there affordably. We are proud to serve the Active Military community with attention to detail and quality services, as your go-to provider of international car shipping services.We will help you determine the price you will pay, with many factors coming into play like modifications, weight, time limits and licensing.

We happily ship cars, SUVs, RVs, motorhomes, heavy machinery, boats, yachts and motorcycles to Middle Eastern ports for military members. Plus, we also import cars internationally into the USA from the Middle East.

Two Types of Shipping Methods

The international car shipping business runs on two main methods:

RoRo Shipping (Roll On/Roll Off)

Thanks to its predictability and affordability, many of our clients select this option. RoRo is short for Roll On and Roll Off, which means (just like it sounds) the cars are driven onto and off of the ship of their own power. So, your car must be in sound working order to select RoRo.
If you have a wheeled vehicle, such as a car, motorcycle, motorhome, camper, trailer, bus, construction vehicle or boat, this method is extremely efficient and cost-effective, featuring the most reliable departure and arrival dates. New car manufacturers enjoy this method and trust it to ship their own vehicles overseas. All vehicles are protected against external elements,tied to the deck for security and getting little exposure to the ocean.

Container Shipping

Your other option is to choose shipping container to ship your car to the Middle East, of which there are two more options: shared or exclusive container shipping.

Shared Container Shipping

This is the more affordable of the two. Why? The cost is offset over four vehicles in the same container. However, there is a drawback to this method, and that is the fact that you will likely have to wait until the whole container is filled with other vehicles before it can be loaded onto the container ship and set sail. On the down side, there’s no way to know when the departure date will be for certain.

It’s not uncommon to find yourself waiting on standby an extra week until the container is filled with more cars.If you have two or more vehicles to ship to the Middle East, or if you don’t care when the ship sets sail, this method is the best to choose.

On the plus side, you can ship additional items in the trunk or the backseat of your vehicle, which you can’t do with RoRo. You are also able to ship vehicles that are not in good working order, as the car is placed in the container rather than driven.

Exclusive Container Shipping

Exclusive container shippingis more expensive but you pay more to have your car be the only one in the container. This option is ideal for transporting exotic, expensive or rare vehicles like Bentleys, Ferraris, Aston Martins, etc., giving you added protection and attention to detail. You’ll pay more for this than RoRo or Shared Container shipping, but if peace of mind is important to you, then try this.


• Each container holds a single vehicle.
• You can ship vehicles that do not work.
• You can include personal belongings along with your car.


There are two ways to get your car to the departure port of your choosing in the USA.

Open and Enclosed Auto Shipping

When you can’t get your car to the port on your own, we will do it for you,transporting your car via open and enclosed auto shipping. Our drivers will pick up the car from your location and deliver it to the port for shipping to anywhere in the Middle East.

Open Auto Shipping – This is the most popular type of car transportation method, ideal for standard cars, compact cars, sedans and minivans.You pay less overall because the cost is split among all cars.
It’s the most cost effective but your car is loaded on a transport truck with up to nine other cars or as few as five cars. The driver will load and unload the truck of vehicles while making his or her way across the country.

Enclosed Auto Shipping – Your car is shipped together with two other vehicles, driven onto the truck on a special ramp or lift-gate. This will cost you more but you have more protection during transport because the cars are enclosed. Opt for this if you have to transport luxury, exotic, specialty, or vintage cars to the Middle East. For the higher price, you get lower risk due to the fact that your car doesn’t come into contact with the elements.

In a nutshell, yes, as we heavily recommend buying the optional marine insurance because you just don’t know what could happen! Damage or loss is rare, to be sure, but accidents can and do happen, especially when the seas are rough during hurricane season between June and November.

We offer FULL COVERAGE Marine Insurance against Loss or Damage from the time your car is loaded onto the ship. The cost is 1.75% of the value you wish to insure the car for.

Now that you have read this guide, we hope you feel confident shipping your car to the Middle East. For answers to additional questions, we welcome you to call us call toll free at 888-805-4994 or 858-547-0840.

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