Shipping to Middle East

Shipping Cars From the USA to the Middle East

Reliable worldwide service, at an affordable rate.

The Middle East imports more cars in containers from the US than any other nation in the world. Being one the of the largest US car export companies, West Coast Shipping works with large shipping volumes to offer some of the best international car shipping rates in the logistics industry. As a freight forwarder, we load and ship cars, motorcycles, boats, trucks and heavy equipment from the East and West coast to the Middle East in containers, via Roll-on/Roll-off service, and Air Freight. Get an instant rate below by using our car shipping calculator to the Middle East.

Where we ship in the Middle East:

Bahrain Iraq
Israel Jordan
Kuwait Lebanon
Oman Pakistan
Qatar Saudi Arabia
UAE Yemen
  and others!
Here's what you need to know.
2016 US Car Export Report

How much to ship a car to the Middle East?

With our instant car shipping calculator, you get rates on car shipping to the Middle East without having to wait for a quote. With the growing competition on containerized car shipping, rates are currently at the lowest level they have been in decades. Rates vary by the destination. Currently the cheapest shipping rates from the West Coast are $1,000 per car, and $900 from the East Coast. Our rates include loading into a container, shipping on an ocean vessel, US customs clearance and documentation processing. We also offer the ability to collect your vehicles from anywhere in the US using our network of trusted vehicle transporters. Simply put in the zip code or city and state of the vehicle's location in the US, and the calculator will provide an up-to-date quote on picking up the car and shipping it. 

Find out more about optional insurance & destination charges below.

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"Professional service at unbeatable prices. We have tried WCS with a number of cars from NJ and CA to Bremerhaven and we are happy with the results. They handled our classic cars with care and responded rapidly to any of our emails. All together they offer a great service!


Safe and Secure Car Handling

Our expert shipping team consists of in-house loaders who specialize in safely and securely loading and unloading classic cars during their journey overseas. We do not outsource our loading to anyone but our trusted team.

Locations on Both US Coasts

Strategically placed shipping facilities provide secure points of car export and import on the East and West Coast. Which lowers local and international car shipping costs and transit times. Secure indoor storage for your vehicles is also available.

Turn Key Delivery

We pickup and deliver classic cars door to door, around the world. Everything from pickup, loading, shipping, delivery and customs clearance can be arranged. Relax, and enjoy the trip.

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Instant Rates

Our online rate calculator allows you to view current rates for shipping vehicles, boats, motorcycles and pallets anytime, anywhere. It can even calculate the cost of ground transportation from anywhere in the US.

Custom Shipping Solutions

Whether you are looking to ship one car or 20, we will find the solution that best fits your needs and budget. Our team will be there to ensure the logistics go smoothly.

The Car Export Process

Shipping your car from the US to the Middle East? Here is how it works.

Ferrari cars waiting to be shipped overseas to the Middle East

The Middle East attracts some of the most diverse, and most exciting collections of classic and exotic cars in the world. Moving such valuable cars across the world requires the expert knowledge of loading, as well as international law. We offer the best car shipping options from the US to the Middle East, and the import of cars from the Middle East to the US.

Due to the huge demand for US cars, cheap shipping rates and favorable import duties, the Middle East is the largest importer of US cars in containers. In 2015, they have imported over 80,000 new, used, classic and exotic cars from the US. Some of the most popular destinations for shipping cars are Jebel Ali, Sharjah, Jeddah, Riyadh, Aqaba, and Doha, among others. 

Porsche 918 shipping overseas

1. Get an instant quote 

We provide a simple solution for getting a quote on shipping vehicles, motorcycles, boats, and pallets from anywhere in the US to the Middle East. Use the Middle East car shipping calculator above to get an instant quote on shipping your car overseas.This rate does not include destination charges in the Middle East such as import duties, local registration and unloading charges. 

2. Submit online shipping form

After receiving your quote confirmation email, the next step is to complete the online shipping form found here. The form is used to initiate the international shipping process. It lets us know where to pickup your car, who is shipping it, where it's being shipped to, and who will be accepting it overseas.

3. Submit documents

In order to export your vehicles or goods overseas, you are required to provide certain documents. US customs will be the ones who verify, and either approve or decline your export shipment. You can submit nearly everything electronically via email. Only the title must be physically mailed. You can see the list of all required documents below.

4. Contact the overseas agent

By now you should have the information on your overseas agent who will be accepting the vehicle at the port in the Middle East, clearing import customs, and unloading your container. You will now contact him to ensure he has everything required in order to import your vehicle to the Middle East. Make sure you inquire on about all applicable destination charges, these will be paid directly to the agent. Several Middle Eastern countries charge Value Added Taxes (VAT) which  depending on the size of your engine.

Ferrari transporter usa to middle east5. Schedule vehicle collection or drop off

If you requested for your vehicles to be collected within the US, your shipping company now begins to make arrangements to collect your car and move it to the shipping terminal. You also have the freedom to drop off the vehicle yourself, at any time during the terminal's business hours. 

6. Receive tracking number

Once the vehicle arrives at the shipping terminal, your car will be inspected, photographed and logged into our logistics system. You will then receive a tracking number allowing you to track your car every step of the way. You can track your vehicle during the shipping process here.

7. Await US customs clearance

Before your car is loaded and shipped overseas, US customs must clear the vehicle and all documentation you provided. Barring any additional requests for documentation, the US export clearance process can take anywhere from 24 to 72 hours. During this time, your car is stored in our secure shipping facilities which is monitored 24/7.

8. Receive approved shipping documents

After clearing US customs, the vehicle is ready to be shipped. You will now receive the shipping documents including the bill of lading and invoice by email. Your original title will be returned to you, or mailed directly to your overseas agent.

Your vehicle is now loaded and shipped using the shipping method you specified. Shipping in a container and via RoRo takes around 37 days from California and 25 days from New Jersey.

10. Vehicle arrives overseas

Your vehicle has now arrived at the destination port, and is awaiting to be collected from the port by your agent. Your vehicle will remain in the container until it is unloaded by the agent. You will be notified of the containers arrival directly by the agent, and they will let you know the date when you can pickup the car. Import agents in the Middle East also offer the option to deliver the vehicle right to your door.

Which documents are required to ship a car overseas?

When exporting your car from the United States, you are required to clear US customs. In order to do so, you must provide documents to prove you own the car, and to confirm your identity. Here are the required documents you must provide to your shipping agent:

  1. Original Title - Each car sold in the USA comes with a title from the state it was originally sold in. The only exception being is if the car is new which comes with an MSO, or if the car is a classic and it was originally sold in a state which did not issue titles.
    Bill of Sale - Not the original owner of the vehicle you are exporting? You must provide a bill of sale which traces you to the original owner. 
    Power of attorney form - In order for your shipping company to submit documentation on your behalf, you are required to fill out and submit a power of attorney form. You can download it here: US customer or overseas customers
    Identification - If you are a US citizen, US customs requires an EIN letter from the IRS. If you are not a US citizen, a copy of your passport is required.
    Shipping Form - The shipping form is required to tell the shipper what you are shipping, who is shipping it and where it is being shipped to. You can complete the online shipping form online.
Classic Cars loaded and shipped in a container

Options on car shipping overseas

When shipping your car overseas to the Middle East, you have numerous options at your disposal. It all depends on what you are shipping, where you are shipping to, and how quickly you need it overseas. 


Mercedes 300SL Gullwing shipping overseas in a containerAny time you are shipping more than one car at a time, your best option is shipping in a container. Since the first container was shipped in 1956, it remains as the most efficient and environmentally friendly way of moving goods overseas. Which is why ocean containers are the preferred method of shipping cars to the Middle East. Any type of car can be loaded and shipped in a container. Sedans, coupes, SUVs, pickups, minivans, you name it. Depending on the size of the vehicles, we can fit up to 6 cars in a single container using our extensively developed and tested loading techniques. Unlike other car shipping companies, we do not use chains in our containers because they will damage your car during transport. Our custom loading techniques allows us to minimize waste, and ensure your vehicles are properly secured during shipping. 

Each car is strapped in the container using the optimal mounting point. A frame is built around the vehicles on the lower level, providing extra space for other cars, goods, motorcycles or auto parts in the container. No matter the car, or destination, we use the best material available to ensure your car arrives overseas in the same condition we received it in.


usa to Middle East roro shippingAn alternative to shipping cars from the USA to the Middle East in containers, is shipping via Roll-on/Roll-off service. The car is also shipped on an ocean liner, but instead of the car being loaded into a container, it is driven inside of a RoRo ship. There it is simply strapped down to the deck, along with thousands of other vehicles. In order to ship your car via RoRo, it must run and drive, and you cannot have anything else inside of the vehicle other than a spare tire and jack. Shipping RoRo to the Middle East is the preferred method when one or two modern used cars from the Eastern US Coast. RoRo can sometimes be cheaper than container shipping, but not all ports support it. We can currently ship RoRo from New York, Baltimore, Charleston, Wilmington, Jacksonville, Savannah and Houston. RoRo can be shipped to Jordan, Jeddah, Kuwait, Bahrain, Doha, Jebel Ali, and Port Sultan Qaboos. To get a quote on RoRo shipping to the Middle East complete this form.

Air Freight

Ferrari shipped via air freight from the USA to the Middle EastaNeed the quickest way to ship a car from the US to the Middle East? Choose the air freight option which saves a significant amount of transit time as compared to container and RoRo shipping. Depending on the status of your documentation, your car can be shipped to the Middle East in just 1 to 2 days. Air cargo flies on nearly the same schedule as passanger planes. When shipping by air freight, your car is loaded directly in the cargo hold of an airplane and shipped to an airport in the the Middle East. Many customers ship their cars to Dubai International Airport. We also offer air freight service to Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Kuwait. Request a quote on shipping your car by air here.

Lamborghini Aventador shipping overseas

Shipping Insurance

Optional shipping insurance is available on all international shipments with West Coast Shipping. We work with the leading insurance firms around the world to provide competitive rates to all customers. Shipping insurance is calculated based on the vehicle value. 

Read more about protecting your investment here.

Middle East Car Shipping Reviews:

Trnsptr; 6/16/2016
All went well !! as was stated no drama!!!will look forward to getting more shipments!! 100% positive. Trnsptr
Destination: Middle East
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Mohammed; 5/18/2016
Awesome! Very professionnal, cooperative and best customer service . I am going to see you guys frequently. Thank you
Destination: Middle East
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Gilbert; 1/20/2016
I have used west coast shipping to import a classic car to UAE and their service was very good. Alex was very helpful and have kept me updated on the full process since it was the first time i import a car. I highly recommend west coast shipping. they are very professional and reliable.
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