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You Can Still Ship Salvage Cars to the UAE


Earlier this year, the United Arab Emirates restricted the import of salvage cars from abroad. The change set off an 7% surge in the number of cars shipped from the US to the UAE during the first quarter of 2017. Previous reports have incorrectly stated that all salvage cars are banned from import and registration. However that is incorrect, you can ship salvage cars to the UAE, just with a few caveats. 

You are not allowed to import and register cars with salvage titles marked as:

  • Fire
  • Flood/Water
  • Non-repairable
  • Dismantled
  • For parts only

All other salvage cars are allowed to be imported. To import a car you must first verify the vehicle and its eligibility with the UAE government. To make the process smoother, a website (vehicleverification.ae) has been setup allowing you to plugin the VIN, select a reason for the import and receive a 6 month import license for the vehicle. The process takes minutes and costs around $5 USD per vehicle.