History and Facts of Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Jebel Ali, UAEIn 1985, a port named Jebel Ali was establish in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is located 22 miles southwest from the city of Dubai. Jebel Ali is surrounded by a free zone called Jafza which has an exemption from corporate tax, no income tax, no import or export duties/taxes, no currency restrictions and easy labor recruitment. In 2011, Jebel Ali was named 9th in terms of the busiest port in the whole world. This port has become most visited by the United States Navy and holds their semi-permanent liberty facilities.

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Documents Required

Some of the documents that are required to ship items to Dubai include:

  • A copy of the original Bill of Lading
  • A commercial Invoice
  • The Packing List
  • Certificate of Origin
  • Commercial invoice from the exporter addressed to the importer including total quantities, the description of the goods shipped and the total value for each item as well as the weight, method of packing and HS code for each individual item
  • A certificate approved by the chamber of commerce detailing the origin of goods

Options for shipping to Aqaba, Jordan

Shipping to Dubai is simple and there are options to suit anyone’s needs. The first method is a shipping container measuring in either 20ft or 40ft. This type of shipping is called the Full Container Load. The sizes for a container shipment are 20ft by 40ft and 40ft by 40ft.

containerThe Full Container Load (FCL) method is a great option if you are sending a lot items at once. The FCL option is great if you have 12 pallets or more. Other advantages of using the Full Container Load are: there is no damage from other cargo and there is no need for the LCL consolidation/deconsolidation process. If you have fragile goods, the FCL is the way to go. International ISO standards have drastically improved the quality of the shipping experience so your container will be treated with care. The FCL shipment process can be done in a few different ways: Door to Door, Door to Port, Port to Door, and Port to Port.

The FCL shipment process is up to you and your consignee at the other end. Certain options are cheaper, faster, and depend on what your situation of shipping is.

The second method is to use the RORO Method which stands for Roll on Roll off pertaining to the shipment of vehicles. The latter is a better alternative to shipping cars, vans, minibuses, tractors, etc. as the customer is only charged for the space the vehicle occupies on the vessel. An important note to know: the vehicle must be completely empty in compliance for the RORO method.


Duty Rates

A duty rate an import tax that is subject on all imports to Dubai. The way that this tax is calculated is based on the cost of the imported goods, the cost of freight, and the cost of insurance. All of those together combined are referred to as CIF (Cost, Insurance and Freight). When importing to Dubai, a duty tax is applied to most imports. Duty rates in Dubai vary drastically from 0% to 100%, however the average duty rate is 4.61%.  Some goods can be imported duty free like laptops and other electronic products. There is no sales tax applicable on imports to the United Arab Emirates and imports with a CIF value up to AED1000 are exempt from duty.

5 Tips on saving money Shipping a vehicle Overseas

Some of the tips for shipping your vehicle overseas include shipping your vehicle via RORO, having your gas tank on low, bringing your vehicle to the nearest port, buying vehicles near the departure port, and comparing the costs of bringing the car yourself verses having the shipping company pick it up for you.

1Shipping the vehicle RORO (Roll on Roll off) method is the most cost effective way to ship a vehicle overseas. If you are shipping more than one car, then a shipping container may be the easiest route however, if you are only planning to ship one vehicle, this method makes the most sense.



2Make sure you only have ¼ of the gas tank full. This will ensure that your gas will not be suctioned at the port and will save you money.



3Bringing your vehicle to the port by yourself will save you money on having to use the shipping company’s drivers.



4Next, if you are buying a car, make sure to buy the vehicle as close to the departure port as possible. Buying a car next to the departure port will ensure that the designated driver will not have to drive so far and will save you money.

Some of the Departure Ports for shipping in the United States to Aqaba are Long Beach, CA, Los Angeles, CA, Seattle, WA, Houston TX, New York, NY, Savannah, GA, Hampton Roads, VA, Charleston, SC, and Miami, FL.

5And finally, make sure that you compare the costs of bringing the car to the port yourself verses having the shipping company pick it up for you. If you live close to the port and are available to drop off your vehicle this is a great way to save money. But if you live far away and have to take time off and maybe even rent a hotel, it might be wiser to use the shipping company’s driver services as a cheaper alternative.

Customs Regulations

To find a complete list of prohibited items, visit Dubai’s Customs page.

For prohibited import items visit Dubai Trade

Contact the Dubai Customs Service.

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PO Box 63 Dubai, United Arab Emirates

+9714 417 7777

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