You have finally bought your dream car – your Porsche Cayenne, your Range Rover, or your Dodge Challenger. But now you are moving abroad. It’s not easy to part ways with your baby. So, you’re probably thinking of taking her with you and you should! The process isn’t that difficult. And we’ve outlined everything you need to know about car shipping in Dubai (both FROM and TO Dubai).
6 Steps to Car Shipping From Dubai, UAE
Exporting your car from Dubai is super easy. You just need to make sure you have all the right documents to save you any additional trips! The first basic requirement for shipping anything out of the country is to have a valid passport and UAE visa. These two documents are needed everywhere for everything. Therefore, it’s best to take care of them!
Now begins the process. Drive your vehicle to your nearest Road Transport Authority (RTA) office (Umm Ramool, Al Qusais, Bur Dubai, or Al Barsha offices).
Once there follow these steps:
1. At the RTA office premises, remove your license plates (front & back) before you go in. But be sure to carry them with you.
2. The first document to get is an Export Insurance Certificate that costs about AED 70. This is the 14-day insurance period within which you must ship your car.
3. Next, begin the de-registration process. You must have the following items with you:
- Your Export Insurance Certificate
- Your vehicle registration card
- Driving license
- Your vehicle’s number plates
- A mortgage release letter if that applies to you
4. After you submit the documents, pay AED 90 to get the final document, the Export Certificate that allows you to export your car.
5. With the Export Certificate in hand, collect your new blue export license plates from the next counter
6. Fit the new plates on right away
That’s all! You can now move your car for your next adventure.
> If your next destination is Europe, here are 4 Myths About Shipping Your Car to Europe from the UAE.
Important Points Regarding Car Shipping in Dubai:
- Make arrangements to have your car shipped within 14 days of obtaining the important documents. We can help you get quotes from some of the most reputable car shipping companies.
- Do not ship your car with items inside as this is a huge insurance risk, and it’s not permitted.
- Your shipping company or freight forwarder must inform you about draining the fuel tank and disconnecting the battery for fire prevention.
- Some countries have very high customs duties and taxes for imported cars. Make sure you are clear about these extra charges before you plan to ship your car.
4 Steps to Car Shipping to Dubai, UAE
Importing your car to the UAE also follows similar simple procedures as exporting it from the country. You should make multiple copies of your Emirates ID, passport, and UAE residence visa if you have arrived in the UAE for the first time. Also, you should always carry a little stack of passport-sized photos with you. Trust us, you will need these documents for everything! Here are four steps to ship your car to Dubai.
#1. Get Your Vehicle Ownership Certificate
The first document you should be sure to bring with you to the UAE is your original purchase invoice. It’s called the “Vehicle Ownership Certificate.” This will prove that the car is yours. The invoice needs to state the value of your car so that duties and taxes can be applied. They are usually calculated at 5% of the invoice value.
#2. Pay Customs
You need to pay customs clearance charges which are approximately AED 4,700 (USD 1250). This will be in addition to the AED 700 for container examination.
#3. Obtain Your Vehicle Clearance Certificate
You will require the Vehicle Clearance Certificate to release your car from the port. You can get this document from the Road Transport Authority (RTA) at the cost of AED 60. This certificate indicates that your car meets the UAE specifications, and can now be cleared through customs. You can then register it with RTA. If you are not in the country, you can request an agent, or your moving company can apply for the certificate on your behalf. However, note that they may charge you an extra fee.
#4. Register Your Car at RT
Finally, you need to register your car at RTA to receive your local license plates and get a valid UAE driving license. If you have a valid driving license from the approved countries list, you can simply follow the procedure to get it. Otherwise, you will need to take a road test, plus a few classes at any RTA-approved driving school, and follow the listed procedures.
If you haven’t begun the process of car shipping in Dubai yet and are looking to get UAE-based moving companies, we can help.
For moving your car as well as your household items, get quotes from international movers. However, if you just need to move your car, just use freight forwarders or specialized car shipping companies.
> Meanwhile find out the approximate costs for shipping your car from the UAE. It covers 19 destinations!