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Ship your car to United Arab Emirates with West Coast Shipping, a US based car shipper with a decade of experience on shipping cars to the Middle East. We are one of the largest car shipping companies in the US, with locations in California and New Jersey. We handle ground transportation, vehicle documentation, export and import clearance, and shipping overseas by container, air-freight, and roll-on/roll-off.

Get an instant quote to ship your car to United Arab Emirates by using our shipping calculator.

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Ship Your Car to the United Arab Emirates

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Who We Are

West Coast Shipping is the reliable shipping company that specializes in moving vehicles from the United States to the United Arab Emirates in containers by ocean,  air freight, and via roll-on/roll-off. We collect vehicles from any locations in the US, including the Manheim and Copart auctions. We load and ship vehicles out of California and New York/New Jersey. 


Why are there so many vehicles being shipped to the UAE each year?

The United Arab Emirates imports more cars from the US each year in containers than any other country in the world. The UAE imported an estimated 83,122 cars from the US in 2018. 

Download our 2018 export report to see more US car export data.

The biggest reason is the wide range of pre-owned vehicles available on the US market. With auctions like Manheim and Adesa, importers can pick from millions of cars for every budget.

Another large segment of the UAE import car market are salvage cars from Copart and IAA auctions. Salvage cars are also imported in containers, unloaded in the UAE, and then are repaired in the UAE or are shipped directly to buyers in surrounding countries.

There’s also demand from UAE citizens and students who are returning home and want to take their vehicles with them.

View our UAE car import guide to get more details on where to buy a car in the US.


How Are Cars Shipping to the United Arab Emirates from the USA?

Vehicles are shipped to United Arab Emirate in containers, airplanes, and roll-on/roll-off (RoRo) vessels. Each has its benefits, but shipping via container remains the preferred method for many reasons.

To start things off, moving a car by airplane is around 10x the price of shipping in a container. So it is typically reserved for the very expensive cars that must arrive to Australia as quickly as possible.

Due to the large number of vehicles we ship to UAE each week, we are able to provide container consolidation when shipping only 1-2 cars at a time. It allows us to consolidate your car with other customer’s cars in a single container, and ship them Jebel Ali. Weekly consolidation is offered from our export facilities in California and New York.

We provide a consolidation service weekly from Oakland, CA and New York weekly. This significantly lowers the price when compared to requiring a full container.

Read more about shared container service, air freight, and other shipping options in our guide.

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  • Where do I find American cars for sale?
  • How does the shipping process work?
  • How do I protect myself against risks during overseas shipping?
  • What type of cars am I allowed to import to the UAE?

Download the Car Import Guide to get answers to your questions about importing a car to the United Arab Emirates.




Vehicle documentation:

  • Original vehicle title
  • Bill of sale

International residents:

US citizens:



We accept wire transfers, checks, and ban deposits only. Read more about banking fees when paying from overseas.

We do not accept credit card payments.

   2018 US Car Export Report

Cost of Car Shipping to United Arab Emirates

Jebel Ali is the cheapest port to ship cars to in the UAE. Prices for one car in a consolidated container range from $900 to $1,000. We also ship to Sharjah. To get the current rate please use the car shipping calculator on this page.

Cars are shipped in either 20ft or 40ft container. Depending on the vehicle's size, we we can fit up to 6 cars in a single 40ft container.

We ship cars to the UAE from the US on a weekly basis. Shipping from NY/NJ takes 25 days, and it takes 37 days from California.


The United Arab Emirates has some of the friendliest policies on car imports. You pay only 5% duty based on the vehicle value. There is also no age limit on the vehicles, which is why many Middle Eastern classic car collectors tend to impor their cars to the UAE.

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Import Cars From United Arab Emirates

We also accept car imports to the USA from United Arab Emirates


Documents Required for Export

When shipping anything out of the United States you are required to clear US customs. The process involves submitting the following documents:

We submit paperwork on your behalf and work with US customs to ensure all documentation is correctly completed and cleared.


Shipping Options


By using a container for shipping, we can load anywhere from 1 to 6 cars (depending on size), the vehicles can either run and drive, or be project cars. We offer consolidation when shipping to the port, saving you money by shipping your vehicles along with other cars in the same container. When shipping high-value vehicles, we can load them in their own dedicated 20ft or 40ft containers.


Shipping via Roll-on/Roll-off is another option when shipping cars overseas. However, unlike with containarized car shipping, you cannot ship anything inside of your vehicle, and the car be in run and drive condition to be able to drive on and off the ship. The ports which support RoRo vary widely, and so do the rates.


If you require your vehicle overseas as quickly as possible, we recommend shipping the car via Air-Freight service. Compared to lengthy shipping times and possible port delays when shipping in a container or via RoRo, shipping your car by Air is the quickest shipping options. Transit time is estimated at around 3 to 10 days, depending on the documentation and customs requirements.


Motorcycle Shipping Overseas
How Motorcycles Are Shipped Overseas

Motorcycles are a popular import from the US, and most customers use a container. You can fit up to 8 motorcycles in a 20ft container and up to 16 in a 40ft container. They are securely strapped and braced. This makes it the perfect solution for wholesale buyers and dealers. Use the shipping calculator on this page to get a quote, or contact us.

Another option is shipping your motorcycle via air freight to any international airport. It's a more expensive option, and it requires a custom crate to be built around the bike. However, air freight will minimize transit time.


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.

About Us

We pride ourselves in safe and reliable international car shipping for consumers, dealers, collectors, and wholesalers around the world. We speak English, German, French, Dutch, Russian, Arabic, & Spanish.

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