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We ship cars to the Middle East  in shipping containers, by airplane and roll-on/roll-off ships from our facilities in Florida, New Jersey and California.

Shipping Cars From the USA to the Middle East

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.

What Do We Ship To The Middle East?

We transport vehicles from dealerships, auctions, and personal vehicles for our customers who are moving overseas. 

We have customers located in the Middle East who take advantage of the many possibilities to buy cars in the USA and sell the cars there. We ship a good number of cars from all the major auctions like IAAI, Copart, eBay, Adesa, Capital Auto Auction, ACV auctions. Our customers also buy vehicles from dealerships where they can find excellent deals on used cars. 

With more than 600,000 student visas available from the USA every year returning students to the Middle East take advantage to ship their cars from the USA when they move back after their studies are completed. 

Where Do We Ship To The Middle East From?

We can transport your vehicle from one of our warehouses; Richmond, CA - Linden, NJ - Fort Lauderdale, Fl - Houston, TX.

What Can I Expect Overseas?

Everyone’s situation is different, due to the rules changing on a regular basis, we highly recommend checking with the embassy of your destination country for accurate and up to date information to make sure that your vehicle will be allowed to be imported overseas.

One of the most important subjects will be to check on the import taxes. Each country has different rules and regulations about the taxes to pay when importing a vehicle. 

Where Do We Ship Cars To In The Middle East?

  • UAE : We offer consolidations to Jebel Ali. Import taxes 5% + VAT 5% based on the current value of the vehicle.  We also service Abu Dhabi for full containers. Currently, there are no restrictions on the year of the car that can be imported as long as the car complies with the UAE government requirements.  Insert UAE page
  • Saudi Arabia: We offer consolidations to Dammam and full containers to Jeddah and Riyadh. The import taxes are 5% + 15% VAT of the value of the vehicle.  The vehicle must not exceed five years. The calculation is in descending order with the exception of the current year. Exceptions for diplomats and students can be found here (insert KSA page) Vehicles 30 years and older are allowed for import.
  • Jordan: Aqaba  If the vehicle is for personal use, the car must be five years old or less. If it's for business, there a currently no restrictions on the year.  Insert Jordan page
  • Oman: Salalah & Sohar  The Ministry of Commerce and Industry must provide permission to import a used vehicle prior to shipping.  
  • Bahrain: Bahrain Cars must be eight year old or newer in order to be allowed for import.

Documents required from the General Traffic Department:
Passing the initial technical examination.
Export panel
Customs card.
Vehicle insurance certificate.  
Documents required to complete the clearance procedures:
purchase invoice
Bill of lading (excluding the land port) 

  • Qatar: Hamad : Vehicle must be five years or newer. A clearance certificate from the origin country and invoice/bill of sale is required.
  • Kuwait: Only five years or newer are allowed for passenger vehicles and 10 years for trucks.  
  • Egypt: Car must be less than one year old to ship it.  Unless, the owner has owned the vehicle from the manufacturing date .

You will need an agent to assist you with the import process and handle the following destination charges:

  • Unloading
  • Customs clearance
  • Port charges
  • Handling fees


Bahrain Israel
Jordan Kuwait
Kuwait Oman
Qatar Saudi Arabia
UAE and others!

International Car Shipping Options

Porsche 911 Container


  • Weekly container consolidation
  • Load 1-4 vehicles & parts in container
  • Vehicle doesn't have to run & drive
roro boat shipping


  • For RVs, buses, & heavy machinery
  • Vehicles must run & drive
  • Can fit oversize vehicles
Ferrari F12 Airplane


  • Fastest shipping method available
  • Delivery between airports worldwide
  • Crating available

Cost of Car Shipping to the Middle East from the USA

With our instant car shipping calculator, you get rates on car shipping to the Middle East without having to wait for a quote. Rates vary by the destination. Currently the cheapest shipping rates from the West Coast are $1,400 per car, and $1100 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. 

Import Cars from the Middle East

We also provide car import services to the United States from the Middle East.


Shipping Process From USA 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. 

Ferrari cars waiting to be shipped overseas to the Middle East

Porsche 918 shipping overseas

What's Included In The Price

To receive a container shipping quote use our instant car shipping calculator to Africa above. Simply fill out the pickup location if you want us to collect your vehicle from you, choose which US coast you would like to ship from (New Jersey or California), and select the destination country and city/port. You can then choose an option for the amount of cars you are shipping, whether it is 1 or 4 cars, we can ship it all to Africa. And unlike other car shipping companies, we charge the same flat-rate, no matter the size of your car. Shipping a Toyota Tacoma will cost you the same as shipping a Toyota Camry to Africa. You can also get a quote on shipping boats, motorcycles, and pallets by following the same procedures.


Do I Drop Off The Car Myself?

Whichever way you choose to ship your car to Africa, we also offer the ability to collect your vehicles from anywhere in the US. We can pickup all types of vehicles, from new cars, used cars, classic cars, and salvage cars. We work within our network of trusted transporters who move vehicles via open or enclosed transport. All of our ground transporters are insured, bonded, and maintain an excellent rating.

Once your vehicles are received at our shipping facilities in either California or New Jersey, they are inspected, photographed and logged into our modern logistics system. You can track your vehicle online just like any other international shipment. We offer free storage during the time is takes for the vehicle to be loaded and shipped in a consolidated container.


Container Size Information

Depending on the size of your vehicles, and if you are shipping any other household goods or auto parts, we are able to load anywhere from one to six cars in a single container. Your vehicle can also be in nearly any condition, from a salvage car to an exotic - we treat them all with white glove service.




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 passenger 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

Cargo Damage Protection

Optional cargo damage protection is available on all international shipments with West Coast Shipping. Rates are calculated based on the vehicle value. 

Read more about protecting your investment here.


Dream Cars Delivered Worldwide

Leading dealerships, auctions, museums and events ship their vehicles, motorcycles, and special projects around the world with West Coast Shipping. We have the expertise to handle them all.

How We Work

At West Coast Shipping, we strive to provide the best international vehicles shipping services on the market. You can depend us to deliver on time, and on budget.

Dealer or Wholesaler? Contact us


Safe and Secure Car Handling

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


Locations on Both US Coasts

Strategically placed shipping facilities on both the East and West coasts provide secure and affordable points of export and import. Secure indoor storage for your vehicles is also available.

Sea Air International Car Shipping

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.

What Makes Us Unique

What distinguished West Coast Shipping from other international car shipping companies when it comes to shipping classic cars from the USA?

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