Ship a Car to UAE

How to Ship a Car to UAE

Searching for the best way to ship your car to United Arab Emirates? Ship Overseas can help you achieve your goals. It’s just what we do: after all, it’s right in our name! We make the process seamless, positive and quick, to get you on your way as soon as possible. Here, we’ll let you know all about your options, from methods of shipping your vehicle to how much it will all cost.

Did you know we have been shipping cars to and from UAE for more than 35 years? Booking our services with confidence starts with a free estimate on our site. And if you have additional questions about the process after reading this guide, call us up on the phone and our friendly representatives will be happy to assist you.

To start shipping your car from the USA to UAE, click the free quote button here, then provide us with the Year/Make/Model of your car, Pickup Zip Code or Departure Port, and Destination Country in UAE.It’s that simple!

How Much Does it Cost to Ship a Car from USA to UAE?

  • Typical costs to ship a car to UAE ranges from $1240 to $1650, for sedans or regular SUVs.
  • New or used cars are subject to 4% duties on CIF value.
  • No salvaged title cannot enter.

Pricing depends on many factors. First off, where in the USA will you ship the car from? For example, it’s cheaper to ship from the East Coast than from the West Coast.

Will you be bringing your own car to the port or do you want us to pick it up from your home and bring it to the port? The former is more affordable; the latter is more convenient.If you intend to personally drop off the car and meet us at the departure shipping port, you will have to make your own travel arrangements for getting back home. This will save you money over us coming to get it from you.

Additional Information

  • 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.
  • Vehicles with a Salvaged Title will not be allowed entry.
  • A clear Title of Ownership with no Liens on the Title.
  • 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 UAE

Customs taxes in UAE are applicable to all imports and the charge is 4% which is determined from the Bill of Sale from the seller. This is subject to change without notice and should be checked with the UAE Embassy periodically.

Embassy of the United Arab Emirates
3522 International Ct NW #400
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 243-2400

If you are in UAE, contact the Dubai Customs Department.

Offering weekly sailings from ports in the USA to UAE

Our shipping vessels depart on a weekly basis from U.S. seaports to the two main ports in UAE: Abu Dhabi and Jebel Ali. To get your car there, we offer two main shipping methods to choose from:

RoRo Shipping – Short for Roll On, Roll Off, these are vessels meant for shipping wheeled cargo. Vehicles are driven onto the ship via a ramp, sort of like a parking garage.

Container Shipping – Cars are placed in a container, either alone or with other cars, and strapped down for shipping.

Keep reading this guide for more information on these methods and which one would be best for you.

Ship Your Car to Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi, the capital and the second most populous city of the United Arab Emirates, is the largest of the UAE’s seven emirates. It’s located off the Persian Gulf from the central western coast, home to 2.9 million. Its central location on the coast makes it a primary port for anyone wishing to ship vehicles to the UAE.

Ship Your Car to Jebel Ali

Jebel Ali Port, located 22 miles southwest of Dubai, is the world’s ninth busiest port, the largest man-made harbor, and the biggest and busiest port in all of the Middle East. It was made in the late 1970s to supplement the facilities located at Port Rashid. It serves as a gateway hub, enabling trade across the region and beyond. It’s also a primary port for vehicle shipments.

Two Types of Shipping Methods

We understand things can get confusing if this is your first time shipping a car to UAE. There are many advantages to both options, which we will explore further here:

RoRo Shipping (Roll On/Roll Off)

Our most popular option, this method is affordable and convenient, best for wheeled vehicles such as motorcycles and cars. Keep in mind, this method is also good for shipping motorhomes, campers, trailers, buses, construction vehicles, and boats. However, vehicles using this method must be able to make it up and down the ramp on their own power without any assistance.

Once on the ship, your vehicle will be securely tied down in a designated spot. Choose this method when shipping a single vehicle to UAE, when you want a predictable departure date, and when your car is in good working order.

This happens to be a highly efficient and cost-effective option, something many new car manufacturers choose when looking to ship their own vehicles. RoRo shipping offer secure tie-down with no exposure to the ocean for top-notch protection against external elements.

Container Shipping

Another way to ship a car from the USA to UAE is via container. Under this umbrella, there are two further categories: shared and exclusive container shipping. Here are the details on each.

Shared Container Shipping

This is just like it sounds: your car shares a container with other people’s cars. Each container fits about four vehicles. You are also allowed to ship additional items in the trunk or the backseat of your vehicle, a big advantage over RoRo, where you cannot do this.With shared containers, you can also ship vehicles that do not work. For example, those who buy classic cars in the USA that need repair often choose shared container shipping when shipping to UAE.

Now the drawbacks. Each container must be filled with vehicles in order for it to be loaded onto the container ship and to set sail. Translation: you can’t be guaranteed of a fixed departure date like you are with the RoRo method. This makes it more difficult to plan, as you could be waiting an extra week until the container is filled with the rest of the vehicles.As a result, you would be best off choosing this method when shipping two or more vehicles.

Exclusive Container

Got exotic vehicles like Bentleys, Ferraris, Aston Martins, ship? Want added peace of mind knowing your car will get personalized attention and extra protection? Choose this option. You’ll pay more, but you get the convenience. Just as with shared containers, you are allowed to ship personal belongings along with your car.

This option gives you more space and peace of mind knowing your car is the only one in the container. And as with shared container shipping, you can ship vehicles that do not work.

Trusted Military Partner

Find out why so many military members choose us to ship their cars, SUVs, RVs, motorhomes, heavy machinery, boats, yachts and motorcycles to UAE. We proudly serve the Active Military community as a trusted provider of international car shipping services with more than three decades of experience as a freight forwarder.

We also import cars internationally into the USA from UAE, so if you are active in the military and want to ship your car to UAE, consider factors such as modifications, weight, time limits and licensing. We can go into this in more detail when you give us a call.


Like we briefly mentioned above, you have two main options to explore. Either bring it to us or we come get it from you.

Open and Enclosed Auto Shipping

Sometimes it’s just not convenient for you to drive your vehicle to the port for shipping. In that case, we will gladly pick up the car from your location and deliver it to the port for you, using either open or enclosed auto shipping.

Open Auto Shipping – This is the most common car shipping method as well as the least expensive. It’s a safe and cost effective way to ship vehicles like sedans and minivans.

Our transport trucks can hold nine or 10 cars at a time and as few as five cars. The transport truck driver will load and unload vehicles, filling these transport trucks to full capacity. As a result, you get a lower shipping cost because you’re sharing that cost with everyone else on board.

Enclosed Auto Shipping – This is more expensive for a few reasons: your vehicle is placed onto the truck via a special ramp or lift-gate and it is not exposed to the elements for the ride.It’s shipped with only two other vehicles. You’ll pay more but it’s a safer way to transport your luxury, exotic, specialty, or vintage cars, with a higher price tag but lower risk.

We say yes. That’s because it’s always a good idea to protect your investment, especially if you can’t afford to pay out of pocket for any unfortunate repairs, damage or loss to your vehicle (and who can?). We strongly suggest you buy the optional Marine Insurance. 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.

Of course, the chance of something unfortunate happening to your car is very rare, where the only time it would pose a real issue being during hurricane season. This lasts from June till November. Learn more about Marine Insurance by clicking on the link below.

We hope this page has served as a helpful guide as you learn about shipping a car to any port in UAE. If you have additional questions, give us a call toll free at 888-805-4994 or 858-547-0840.

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