Import Car from USA to UAE

Importing a Car from the USA to UAE

Importing a Car from the USA to the UAE? Car imports from the USA to the UAE start at a cost of $1,095 USD with an estimated turnaround time of 20 – 35 days, depending on make and model of the vehicle, the nearest departure port in the United States, and your final destination in the UAE. Below, our 2020 guide will explore everything you need to know about importing cars from the USA to the UAE.

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Read on below for our US to UAE Vehicle Import Checklist, Vehicle Import Options, US to UAE Car Import Costs & Time Frame, US to UAE Vehicle Import Options, Ports Served in the US & UAE, and other details how to Import Cars from USA to UAE.


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US to UAE Vehicle Import Checklist

Here’s a rough breakdown of the process you’ll need to go through to import your vehicle to UAE.
  • Before beginning the process of importing and registering a car in UAE, you’ll need a valid residence permit for the UAE to import a car into UAE.
  • After you’ve determined that your vehicle is eligible and selected an import option, gather all necessary vehicle documentation, including:

    New Cars: Original invoice, Original Certificate of Origin

    All Vehicles: US Customs Export Declaration, US Traffic Dept. Certificate of Vehicle Export, Valid Insurance & Identification

  • Understand the costs of importing a vehicle, including:

    • Freight and insurance charges when importing your vehicle

    • Wharf, transport, storage and delivery charges after your vehicle arrives

    • Duties, taxes and fees

    • Cleaning the undercarriage of foreign soil

    • Registration and insurance requirements in the relevant UAE State or Territory

    • Other charges such as import processing, customs brokers’, and logistics service provider charges

  • Select an international car import company and preferred import method to transport your vehicle from the United States to UAE
  • Determine your vehicle’s departure and destination ports
  • Confirm the vehicle’s undercarriage is clean and free of foreign soil
  • If you wish to register your vehicle for road use in UAE, you’ll need to get the vehicle plated

More information on the process of importing a vehicle to UAE can be found here.

Vehicle Import Options

As you engage in the vehicle import process, some of the most important questions to consider include:

  • Whether you plan to permanently keep the car in UAE or if it’s just a temporary move,

  • Whether you have been the owner of the car for at least 6 months.

  • Whether you’re importing a new or used vehicle.

These questions and more will determine whether your car is eligible for import to UAE. You’ll need a valid residence permit for the UAE to import a car into UAE. Also, unless you obtain a commercial register for car sales and imports you’ll be limited to one vehicle import per year. You should never assume your scenario is the same as someone else’s. Our import agents can assist you every step of the way – we’re always just a phone call away.

To obtain an estimate of the cost to import a car to UAE, fill out our free quick quote form.

Vehicle Import Approval

Upon arrival of your vehicle import to UAE, the vehicle must be declared in Customs. You’ll need the following documentation:

  • New Cars: Original invoice, Original Certificate of Origin
  • All Vehicles: US Customs Export Declaration, US Traffic Dept. Certificate of Vehicle Export, Valid Insurance & Identification

Things to Consider

Foreign private motor vehicles (other than those registered in any of the GCC States) can be granted temporary admission license as follows:

  • Six months (180 days) for motor vehicles guaranteed by a valid international passage carnet.

  • Three months (90 days) for motor vehicles not guaranteed by a valid CPD, renewable for similar periods, if the applicant submits a bank guarantee or a deposit equivalent to the amount of the customs duties payable on the motor vehicle.

Requirements for Temporary Admission of Foreign Private Motor Vehicles:

  • Valid License & Registration.
  • Valid insurance coverage throughout the temporary admission period by an approved insurer in the country.
  • An international CPD carnet, approved in any of the GCC States, shall be presented to guarantee the amount of customs taxes/duties.
  • The person shall be the owner of the motor vehicle or authorized to drive it under a duly certified special proxy issued by the country of registration of the motor vehicle.
  • Valid residence permit in the country of registration of the motor vehicle, if not a national of that country.

US to UAE Car Import Costs & Time Frame

Using a baseline of a compact car being shipped using the roll-on/roll-off method from the Port of Los Angeles to the Port of Jebel Ali, our estimate for to Import a Car from USA to UAE starts at a cost of $1,095 USD with an estimated turnaround time of 20 – 35 days.

However, the cost to import a car to UAE can vary according to factors such as the model and make of your vehicle, your current location, the nearest departure port in the USA, your transport method of choice, availability of your chosen services and your final destination. Additionally, you’ll need to consider costs such as storage, cleaning, other vendor fees, and UAE taxes & duties.

Taxes & Duties for UAE Car Imports

Car Imports to UAE pay 5% Customs duties. (Value of the vehicle + 1% insurance + cost of shipment).

  • VAT will be applicable on all service charges which is 5% on CIF value on all cost elements.
  • Vehicle will be inspected by Customs to verify that the export declaration value is accurate. If this estimation is inconsistent or different than stated on the invoice, you may have to pay the difference.
  • After import duties are paid, the Traffic & Licensing Department will issue a VCC (Vehicle Clearing Certificate).

The amount of taxes and import duties payable when importing a car to UAE from the US will vary and depends on the details of your shipment.

To obtain an estimate of the cost to import a car to UAE, fill out our free quick quote form.

US to UAE Vehicle Import Options

Car Imports from USA to UAE can be performed using a shared container, a sole container or a roll-on/roll-off service.


Roll-On/Roll-Off – Our most cost-efficient option! The only added fees are port and customs clearance charges.

Best for vehicles in working condition – your car will be driven onto a large cargo area on the shipping vessel and secured for transport.


Shared Container Service – Several vehicles are shipped together in one 40ft. container. Although there are more fees involved than with our roll-on/roll-off service, these are divided between the multiple vehicle owners using the container. A terminal handling charge, trucking and unloading charges, as well as custom clearance fees are included in the additional fees.

*There might be a longer wait before your vehicle ships out, since we have to wait until there are enough vehicles to fill up the container. However, you have the added benefit and security of a fully enclosed container.


Full Container Load – Like our shared container service, you have the safety of an enclosed 20ft container, yet it is dedicated to a single vehicle. Since we don’t have to wait for other cars to ship, you’ll enjoy the advantage of a shorter wait between departure and arrival. However, you’ll end up paying more in fees.

Fully enclosed containers offer a high level of safety, since vehicles aren’t exposed to the elements. When we receive your vehicle, we’ll document the car’s condition and loading process with photos. All cars are loaded using our environmentally friendly steel loading system, instead of outdated wood ramps used by other companies. This modern system not only reduces the environmental impact of shipping but adds security against damage to your vehicle.

Once loaded, we’ll ensure the container door is locked and secured. This will safeguard against anyone gaining access to the vehicle before it reaches its final destination.

Upon entrance to the UAE, our agent will access the container and photograph the unloading process, as well as document the vehicle’s condition. Due to the vehicle being in a fully enclosed and secure container throughout the import process, clients may pack and transport other items inside the car. Though, all items must be loaded securely, as we will not be responsible for loss or damage of any kind.

Compared to our roll-on/roll-off service, container shipping is a faster method thanks to our frequent weekly departures.

Additional Services


Sourcing Vehicles – With over twenty years’ experience in the car import business, we have an extensive network of car buyers and are ready to assist overseas clients purchasing vehicles, for a nominal fee.


Other Services – Some of the auto transport services we offer in overseas territories include domestic pickup, vehicle import assistance, tracking of your shipment, customs clearance in the USA and a full vehicle inspection report.

Ports Served in the US and UAE

Departure Ports – United States

The location your vehicle will depart from depends on the method of car import to UAE, where your vehicle is located, your budget and which services the nearest port offers. We have multiple departure locations in the USA, including Los Angeles, New York, Houston, Miami, Savannah and more.

Destination Ports – UAE

Here are the United Arab Emirates / UAE entry ports that we can import your vehicle to:

  • Abu Dhabi

  • Ajman

  • Al Ain

  • Al Hamriya

  • Automarket

  • Ducamz

  • UAE

  • Fujirah

  • Jabal Ali


  • Jebel Ali

  • Khor

  • Kizad

  • Hamyirah

  • Khalifa

  • Mussafah

  • Ras al Kaimah

  • Ras Al Kohr

  • Rashid

  • Saeed

  • Sharjah

  • Umm Al Qwaim

  • Zayed

  • Zhanjiang

From Jebel Ali, we can transship to:

  • Aqaba, Jordan

  • Alexandria, Egypt

  • Bahrain

  • Beirut, Lebanon

  • Dar E Salam, Tanzania

  • Damman, Saudi Arabia

  • Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

  • Kuwait

  • Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

  • Sohar, Oman

  • Mombasa, Kenya

  • Umm Qasser, Iraq

Cleaning Your Vehicle’s Undercarriage

Before importing your vehicle to UAE, the undercarriage must be cleaned and free of foreign soil to prevent the introduction of invasive plants, animals, fungi and microorganisms. This can be accomplished through steam cleaning or other thorough cleaning methods. CFR Rinkens can assist with finding an appropriate cleaner to help ensure you comply with this requirement.

We do not recommend washing the interior of the vehicle as it can cause mold during transport. Vacuuming the interior is usually more than sufficient.

Plating Your Vehicle in UAE

Vehicles imported to UAE must be registered to operate on UAE roads. UAE Customs will provide a Vehicle Clearance Certificate (V.C.C.) for the vehicle upon clearing the Customs Import Bill of Entry. This certificate is a mandatory requirement for registration. The V.C.C. should be submitted to UAE Police – Traffic Department for registration. Once registered, you’ll receive a license plate and certificate of registration.

You can request the Vehicle Clearance Certificate (VCC) here.

Other UAE/US Import Options

This information was updated in January 2020. All information, time frames, pricing, and regulations are subject to change. Please contact a sales representative for the most current rates and information.