UAE Import Regulations

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Country Code+971
Time Difference-5 Hours (GMT+4)
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CurrencyUnited Arab Emirates dirham
DocumentsInvoice, Insurance policy

Age Restrictions

Used car more than four years old, is not allowed to be shipped in the U.A.E.

Popular Models

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Ports for Shipping

The most recommended port for shipments from Japan going to the U.A.E is Jebel Ali although other ports such as Abu Dhabi and Sharjah are also used. Generally, common shipping method RORO (Roll-On, Roll-Off) method is used for vehicle shipment. However, on request of customers more expensive shipping method of containers is arranged.

Left-Hand Drive

Importation of only left-hand drive vehicles is allowed in the U.A.E. Even though one can also import a right-hand drive vehicle, but the vehicle won't get register, hence one cannot use it on the roads of the U.A.E.

Required Documents for Importation

  • Original Bill Of Lading (BOL):- It should include make, model, chassis number, engine number, color and type of car.
  • Export certificates issued by the Traffic Department (Title of ownership)
  • Purchase/Commercial Invoice
  • Copy of Passport
  • Origin of certificate
  • U.A.E residence permit or visa page copy (endorsed on passport)
  • Authority letter (will be obtained by client upon arrival in Dubai)
  • Copy of Diplomatic Card (Diplomats only)
  • Report on Car Condition from load port
  • Insurance policy

U.A.E. Regulations for Japanese Cars Importing

Japan is the world's leading source of automobiles and is known for ages for delivering high quality vehicles at competitive prices. Importing a used car from Japan is very frequent because of their reliability and authenticity.
So, thinking of importing a used car from Japan and do not know what to do? Drivers in the U.A.E. have to make sure that their vehicles are registered, insured and roadworthy. Here is detailed information on the registration, taxes and customs requirements needed to import a car to the U.A.E.
Nowadays, many exporters are buying a right-hand drive vehicle in order to re-import them to central Africa, subcontinents and inner Asia. U.A.E acts as a hub for sale into many other African and Asian states.

Customs Inspection and Fees

  • Upon arrival of the vehicle, all imported vehicles are subject to inspection/ evaluation by a customs in the U.A.E
  • Tinted window cars are not allowed to be imported. A fine will be imposed on the vehicle and will require all windows to be replaced.
  • Customs duty is at present 5% of the value estimated by customs on used motor vehicles.

Vehicle Registration in U.A.E

  • After duty payment is made, the importer must register the car and obtain local license plates at the Dubai Police-Traffic Dept. A Vehicle Clearance Certificate (V.C.C.) for each vehicle upon clearing customs will be provided by Dubai customs, which should be submitted to the Dubai Traffic Police for the registration.
  • A valid U.A.E driver's license must be possessed by drivers. One must possess a valid U.A.E Residence Visa when applying for a driver's license.
  • Annual basis vehicle registration is must in the U.A.E.
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