If you’re planning an international vacation or business trip and would like to ship your favorite exotic luxury sports car, you’ve stumbled upon the right article. This definitive guide aims to give you a clear understanding and actionable insight on the seemingly perplexing procedures and documentation involved in the car shipping process.
This article is being published by a professional shipping company with over 10 years of experience and is one of the largest companies in the UAE dedicated to the shipping of privately owned cars and the temporary exportation of commercial vehicles. You’re getting expert advice from shipping consultants, in other words, “straight from the horse’s mouth”. We have detailed every step of the process and highlighted how and where we can help with a hassle free shipment.
The Car Export Procedure
Before you begin
Make sure you have multiple copies of your Emirates ID, Vehicle Insurance Card, Vehicle Registration, Driving License (local and or international), UAE Residence Visa and Passport.
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- RTA Dubai/UAE Car Exports
Once you are aware of the duration required to ship to your intended destination and have the documents mentioned above ready, you can commence the shipping process.
Drive to your nearest Automobile and Touring Club at least two weeks prior to your shipping date. You’d need insurance coverage from a company located at your destination, or you could talk to your current insurance provider to make arrangements for international coverage. Additionally, a marine insurance cover is required to protect your car at sea, we can help arrange your marine insurance.
- The Car Export Certificate in Dubai/UAE
Next, the temporary export certificate must be obtained. You will have to pay a deposit plus a fee for the temporary export certificate. Your car’s make, model, year of manufacture, destination, and your nationality will be factored into the deposit calculation.
- Carnet Documents
It is mandatory that either a Carnet de Passage en Douane (CPD) or an ATA Carnet (if your destination is not a member state that accepts CPDs) is obtained for a temporary vehicle export. Countries around the world accept either CPDs or ATA carnets. Carnet de Passage en Douane (CPD) also known as the “trip ticket” is a customs document that certifies duty or tax exemptions for temporary vehicle exports. In simpler terms, a CPD ensures that you don’t have to pay customs duties or any other levies when you temporarily export a car from Dubai/UAE to any member nation that accepts CPDs.
The CPD is accepted by 65 countries around the world. Drive to your nearest Automobile and Touring club to get your CPD. You’ll be charged a refundable deposit depending on your destination, car make, model, year of manufacture and destination. A separate fee ranging between 300 and 550 AED is charged for the CPD.
- Shipping your car with Dubai/UAE number plates
A question our clients ask us frequently is “how do I ship a car with Dubai/UAE number plates?” There’s a simple answer to this, for temporary exports you don’t have to replace your number plates. You can drive your vehicle at the destination with your Dubai number plates for a maximum period of six months.
With regard to the clearance of your shipment at the destination, we could arrange one of our global partners to take care of all aspects of the process including customs duties, car export documentation, and unloading. We can arrange delivery to port or to your doorstep. You can choose from a variety of shipping options including, Roll-on Roll-off (RORO), consolidated containers, dedicated containers or air freight for a quick shipment (takes 1-3 days). You have the freedom to choose a clearing agent of your choice at the destination as well. We guarantee unbeatable rates while maintaining the highest standards of safety and security.
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