So you’ve finally bought your dream car – your Porsche Cayenne, your Range Rover, or your Dodge Challenger – but now you have to move 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 both FROM as well as TO Dubai.
“I’m looking to move my car 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 for personal use is that you will need to have a valid passport and UAE visa. These documents are needed everywhere for everything, so make copies!
- Start your process by driving your vehicle to your nearest the Road Transport Authority (RTA) office (Umm Ramool, Al Qusais, Bur Dubai, or Al Barsha offices). You can go to your nearest one too, but it’s guaranteed that everything you need will get done in one go at these locations.
- Remove your license plates from the front and back of your car before you go in, and be sure to carry them with you (save the extra trip to walk back out for them later). Don’t worry you’ll get new ones once you’re done!
- The first document you will need to get is an “Export Insurance Certificate,” which provides insurance for your car for 14 days and costs about AED 70. The two week limit is also the time period you have to have your car shipped.
- The next step is to begin the de-registration process. You will take your Export Insurance Certificate along with your vehicle registration card, driving license, and your number plates (that you should be carrying with you). You might also need additional documents such as a mortgage release letter if that applies to you.
- Once you’ve submitted all the documents required, you will need to pay AED 90 to get the final document which simply allows you to export your car. This document is called the “Export Certificate.”
- Finally, walk over to the next counter with your fresh new Export Certificate to collect your new blue export license plates. When leaving the building, be sure to fit the new plates on right away.
That’s it! Now your car is ready to be moved with you for your next adventure.
> Here are the 3 Questions You Must Ask Your Car Shipping Company.
- Make arrangements to have your car shipped within 14 days of obtaining these documents. If you’re looking for car shipping companies we can help you to get quotes from multiple reputable companies.
- Do not ship your car with other items inside such as boxes as this is a huge insurance risk and it’s not permitted.
- The freight forwarder or the shipping company you hire should also inform you that they will drain the fuel tank and disconnect the battery to prevent risk of fire.
- There are some countries that have very high custom duties and taxes for imported cars, so make sure you are clear about these extra charges before making the decision to ship your car.
“I’m looking to move my car to Dubai, UAE”
Importing your car to the UAE also follows similar simple procedures as exporting it from the country.
If you’re new to the UAE, our first tip is to make multiple copies of your passport, Emirates ID, and UAE residence visa. You should also carry a little stack of passport sized photos with you. Trust us, you’ll need these documents for everything!
- The first document you should be sure to bring with you from back home to the UAE is your original purchase invoice to prove that the car is yours. This is also called the “Vehicle Ownership Certificate,” which your mover or freight forwarder should remind you of. The invoice needs to state the value of your car so that duties and taxes can be applied, which are usually calculated at 5% of the invoice value.
- You need to pay customs clearance charges which are approximately AED 4,700 (USD 1250), plus an additional AED 700 for container examination.
- Your car will still not be released from the port unless you provide another document called the “Vehicle Clearance Certificate,” which can be obtained through the Road Transport Authority (RTA) at the cost of AED 60, either online or at their branches. This certificate indicates that your car meets the required UAE specifications, allowing it to be cleared through customs and you will then be able to register it with RTA. If you will not be in the country you can request for an agent or your moving company can apply for the certificate for you, and they may charge you an extra fee.
- 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 transfer your license through the procedure outlined on their site. However, if you’ve never driven before or hold a license from a country not mentioned on this list then you will need to take a road test and possibly a few classes at any RTA approved driving school and follow the procedures listed.
If you haven’t begun the process of shipping your car to Dubai yet, and are looking to get UAE based moving companies to take care of your move then we can help you start the process.
For moving your car as well as your household items you need to get quotes from international movers, but if you just need to move your car then simply use freight forwarders or specialized car shipping companies.
> We also have another blog article that you should check out which tells you the approximate costs for shipping your car from the UAE. It covers 19 destinations!
Did we miss anything? Is there anything else you had to do (or didn’t) to move your car from or to Dubai? Tell us in the comments below!