Yes, you read that right! It is actually usually cheaper to ship your car from the UAE to Europe than to buy a new one in the destination country. There is a lot of speculation around car shipping to Europe, but our expert car shipping partner Volker Risse, CEO of International Car Bridge (ICB) Dubai, has helped us debunk many of those myths.
ICB, which has been operating in Dubai since 2003, is under German management and has over 20 years of experience in the car sales and transport business. They have shared valuable advice on car shipping in Dubai and enlightened us with their experience.
Let’s Debunk 4 Widespread Myths About Car Shipping in Dubai
Getting a car shipped can be challenging and overwhelming. The cost associated with the move and safety of the vehicle is one of the concerns for many. So, let’s clear the air and dispel some myths around this area.
Myth 1: Car Shipping from Dubai to Europe Is Expensive
The Truth: Actually it’s cheaper to ship your car from the UAE to Europe than buy a new one.
Usually, shipping goods to a different country involves lots of taxes and it’s natural to think that the same goes for sending your vehicle to a different country. Yes, normally, there is a 10% customs tax applied on the value of your car and there is a VAT tax of about 20% as well. However, if you are relocating to Europe, these charges DO NOT apply to you!
“All other Europeans have to pay huge customs and taxes when buying a car in Europe, but you don’t!” explains Volker. “In my experience with car sales, it is also very difficult to achieve a reasonable resale price when selling your used car in the UAE, so I always tell my customers to take their car with them to Europe, if its value is still over AED 50,000.”
> Find out more about the prices and procedures for car shipping to Europe
Myth 2: The EU Has Tons of Restrictions on Which Cars Can Be Shipped
The Truth: No, there aren’t as many restrictions as you may think.
Principally, you can ship ANY car to Europe. If you’re relocating to Europe and want to ship your car with you, you have the opportunity to ship it import and customs-free as a relocation good.
“But the restrictions that come with this is that you’re not allowed to sell your car again in Europe for 12 months and you may need to pay high taxes because of the low exhaust emissions classification,” explains Volker.
He further explained that when relocating you can also get a certificate of exemption. However, if you register your car with that certificate then you’re not allowed to sell your car again within the EU forever. Now before you worry, ICB specializes in attaining European car registration approval for GCC spec cars, and for 99% of their customers, they’re successful in getting registration approval the regular way, even with a high exhaust emissions standard for your car.
Myth 3: Car Shipping in Dubai Requires a Lot of Documentation and Approvals
The Truth: Again, no. The process is pretty standard.
The only documentation required includes your passport copy, car invoice, and the Export Certificate (obtained from RTA or DoT). However, if you plan on moving it as a tax-free relocation good, you need a few documents such as:
- Your residence visa copy
- Mulkia copy (It’s a proof of car registration under your name for at least 6 months)
- Employer/embassy letter stating you lived in the UAE for at least 12 months
- Registration card copy from your native country
Myth 4: Good Car Shippers Are Hard to Find
The Truth: Just go to ServiceMarket and see top companies for car shipping from Dubai to Europe listed there.
Lots of companies handle car shipping in Dubai these days. However, only a few have the experience, proper licenses, and certifications to handle something as personal and valuable as moving your car. Researching and finding the right company can take hours or perhaps days. But don’t worry! You can save the hassle and manage to find yourself just the right movers with ServiceMarket. Simply browse our partner car shipping companies, read their reviews, and contact them for quotes. Settle for the company that meets your needs as well as your budget.
Do you have any questions about shipping your car to Europe? Let us know in the comments below!