Just did the above and everything went very smoothly. It cost approximately $1700 to ship it RORO (Roll on Roll off). It took about 6 weeks. Once here, I used StarLight Shipping LLC (Mr. Nair) 971-4-3936500. They did an excellent job and delivered the car to my doorstep. They charge around AED 1000 for their services plus customs and other duty charges. I paid AED 2750 in total. Next step is inspection and registration (pending). Hope this helps.
Just hope your car survives the heat in the middle East. The cars are designed as per the area requirements. I wanted to bring the Lexus GX570 which is basically a Toyota Prado in the UAE. But more powerful engine and more specs and cheaper too. The only problem was that the car was designed in US as per their local requirement such as cold weather and lesser heat. Even buying a car in Texas or Arizona could not meet the requirement of the cars manufactured for the Gulf.
Let me know if your car survives and then maybe i would reconsider bringing one from there too
Well, I won't know until sometime next year if the car survives the harshest of the hot weather. I shipped it here mainly because it was fully paid off, and was sitting in a garage for the past 5 years as I was on an overseas assignment, thus sparingly used. I didn't want another car payment here, and I am OK with offloading it in 2 years. It is a second car, and the GCC spec (newer) car will be used for longer trips, and especially in the summer. This one is mainly for school drop offs, grocery runs, dogmobile etc.
Regarding registration. When it clears customs, they deliver it to you on a recovery truck but with no plates. You simply get a "Green Slip" called a VCC. You then have to inspect and register the car but can't drive it there. You have to do it with a recovery truck again! Here is what I did.
1. Call and get insurance quotes first. You can't register without insurance. Get a policy delivered to you once the car is delivered to you. The insurance co. has to survey the car and get a copy of the green slip before they will insure it. They need the VIN(Chassis) number and engine number which must match the green slip. I used Juelemin Insurance brokers and Chartis and AXA were the best rates. (Around 1500 AED/yr).
2. Insurance company will offer "free service" of inspecting and registering your car but it's on their schedule and make take several days. They may inspect it one day and then register it some other day. I wanted it registered ASAP and used a guy to do all the dirty work. Here is the breakdown:
* Called Mohamed @0502288450 Noorussabah Registration Services.
* He comes to your home in his own car and a separate recovery truck.
* He leaves his car at your place and takes your car on the recovery truck.
* He does all the needful and drives your car back to your place, by 4PM. They picked up my car at 10AM.
* His charges were AED 350.
* Recovery truck charge AED 350
* Inspection AED 120
* Registration AED 435
* Typing fee AED 20
* Plate fixing AED 15
* Salik AED 100
* Petrol AED 50 (your car will be almost on empty when you get it).
3. You can save money by doing it yourself, but you will waste a whole day and all you will save is AED 350. It was money well spent in my opinion.
4. Hopefully your car will pass inspection, otherwise plan to spend more. Tires need to be less than 4 years old, I'm told, and bumper stickers need to be removed to pass inspection! Also you need to have a "ROAD HAZARD TRIANGLE" as per UAE law. U.S car don't always have them in the flat tire kit. I just borrowed one from my GCC car and will pick one up later.
5. If you have a UAE license make sure you have no pending fines. You will have to pay them before you can register a new car. You can check online.
6. Documents you will need are a) copy of passport b) copy of residence visa c) copy of Emirates National ID d) Green Slip from customs e) insurance f) SALIK details if you are adding a car to your account. You will need to sign all the copies (self attestation).
7) US spec car radios won't play even freqs (ie. 92.0) etc and so you will need to buy a modulator chip somewhere in Sharjah or else experience irritation whilst listening to your even freq channels!
Good effort. If only I had known two years ago about this guy who does it for you. We imported the wife's car, from USA and really no hassle other than the 5 hours running around in the Freeport of Dubai. We got an export sticker from the RTA and a two hour window to get the car to Abu Dhabi traffic police from Dubai, for inspection and registration, same afternoon. Ladies queue was open and all done in 30 minutes with registration. All for the same reasons and the car has done fine here for 2 Summers
Few points to add. You need to also provide a copy of your UAE DL (I forgot to mention that in my last post). You also pay a delivery order fee to the shipping company which is AED 300. You have to go to them with your passport and the usual set of documents. They will contact you a few days before your car arrives. Make sure you do all this as you don't want to pay storage fees and demurrage charges which can add up fast on a daily basis if the car is not cleared. Once the ship makes port, you should have your car within 2-3 days. I used CAREX International in the USA, and my car shipped from JAX.
Does it matter what make, model, year the car I am sending? Is this $1700 cost is for everything (from usa to uae). or this is just shipping cost. What shipping company did you use to ship it from USA.
Classic Cars are permitted in UAE but I can't recall what the definition is...??? The OP may have been lucky to get his through the age barrier.
The main change to cope with the heat is a 'tropical' radiator - might be possible to have that retro-fitted? Most American vehicles already have adequate A/Cs for this region.
I believe also in UAE the tyres must be less than 3 years old at the time of testing. By the way, it's the side walls which suffer from the heat. The tread can look fine. Changing mine made a fantastic reduction in tyre noise. The car was less than 3 years old but the tyres were not. Naughty Volvo dealer.
1. I used CAREX international ( I googled the subject and found them). Their charges were $1700 and covered all costs (including pick up, insurance and customs fees) at the point of origin, in my case JAX. Just remember just because they pick your car up on a certain day, it may be a few weeks before it gets on a ship that's sailing to Jebel Ali, due to sail dates. I used the cheapest method of shipping (RO/RO). Car arrived with no damage whatsoever. It took about 6 weeks.
2. A few days before the ship made port, the handling agent here contacted me. I had to pay AED 300 for a delivery order. I then hired Starlight Freight LCC in Bur Dubai to clear the car because my shipping agent wanted a lot more money to clear it. Star Light charged me AED 1000 for their services plus I had to pay 5% duty on the value and nominal customs inspection fees. Total was AED 2750.
3. I then got it inspected and registered for AED 1435. I used an agent for that as well and it took about 6 hrs.
4. You can import an older car. My car is 8 years old, but with very low mileage.
What about the way back? Is it possible to ship a car bought in the UAE to Europe? I guess isn't interesting for US as the cars seems to be cheap there too, but difference in price between UAE and Europe seems to be around 30%.
Exporting to Europe and successful registration there depends on exact model and spec. All cars brought new into the UAE comply with GCC specifications. These may or may not match with those in force wherever you want to register the car in Europe. I believe there are no great differences these days but expert advice will be needed to confirm.
Yes, you can, but the car is likely to be a Gulf Spec car, so your could get into problems when you want to get it on the road in your own country. You can get around that problem if you buy a new car and order a car that has your own countrys specs. That car may or may not be suitable for the ME climate, so it's sort of a catch 22. Then you also have to check if you need to pay any taxes when you bring it home.
The price difference in this model is 13000€, that is a lot of money (24% less than the Spanish price)!
Edit: was writing at the same time as you guys. Are there any differences in the manufacturing of a car for the Gulf? I guess things like air filter (due to sand) etc... but, mechanically? Maybe different wheels for 4x4, specially designed for the dessert?
I realized that some cars does not exist in Europe (at least in Spain) like the Toyota Sequoia. In this case you may find problems because this car maybe was not authorized in Spain because of the big size (same as some Hummers). But, talking about same models which already exist in EU...
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Unfortunately, due to the state of the world today its not possible but driving through Saudi into Egypt and across to Morocco and then Spain might have been an option. Could have been possible around 5 years ago.
You could buy new RHD vehicles in Dubai. LandRovers were popuar. Keep it for at least year to avoid UK duty. Then for only £1,000 cash, Cargolux would put it in a 747 freighter. The owner + 3 pax could go 'upstairs' (bring your own booze and sarnies). Drop off at Stanstead. Nice little sideline for Cargolux who would otherwise have been going back empty.
[maryhopkinsmode]Those were the days......my friends[/maryhopkinsmode]
A colleague of mine once bought an ex-Embassy owned RHD Vauxhall VX490 in Jeddah and drove it home to UK via Jordan, Syria, Turkey, etc....... Rolled off the ferry at Dover c/w wife and young family, etc etc......
"Anything to declare, Sir?"
"What about the car, Sir?"