Moving from USA to Dubai
SDC International Shipping specializes in the shipments of household goods and personal effects, and automobiles to Dubai. Commercial goods can also be sent straight to the UAE.
International Moving Company from USA to Dubai
New Zealand is a great country, and many Americans want to relocate to there. The weather, the people, the great Kiwi outdoors, there is a lot to like about New Zealand. To relocate there, you need to use a seasoned international moving company to New Zealand like SDC International Shipping that will make the move easy. As New Zealand has many regulations that need to be carefully followed, a lot of work will need to be done, so start early. If you are not a citizen of New Zealand or Australia, this process could take over a year.
Dubai is one of the liveliest destinations in the Middle East, and it is unsurprising that so many want to move there. If you are not already a citizen of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) or one of the other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nations, you are required to obtain an employment visa before you can move to the country. You can also move there with a long term residence visa if you meet the visa criteria, which is the ability to invest about $2.5 M in the country. Most of our clients moving to Dubai are returning Emirati citizens
The relocation to Dubai will be an exciting life changing event for your family. There will be some challenges that go along with the move, and SDC International Shipping is here to help make your move easy.
International Household Moving to Dubai
Dubai is the business powerhouse of the Middle East. More shipment containers from the United States go there than any other port in the Middle East or Africa. It is an affluent and exciting city.
We highly recommend that you take your entire household with you. Furniture, clothes, and household items should all be taken with you. As most of our clients to Dubai have lived there previously, they already know what it is a good idea to send and what is unnecessary.
Every container entering the UAE is subject to inspection. You will need to provide a UAE customs form to which your shipping inventory will be attached. When SDC International Shipping’s movers come to pick up your things for shipping, they will create this list for you while loading your shipment. It is not required to translate your shipping list to Arabic. You must be physically present in Dubai when your container arrives and might be asked to attend a portion of customs clearance.
When you order door to door service with packing, SDC International Shipping’s movers will do everything. All you have to do is make sure that there is room to park the truck near the entrance to your house. We will bring new boxes, including specialized boxes for things such as dishes, clothes and artwork. If you have any items that require special handling, we can build custom crates to protect them and ensure that your things arrive in Dubai intact. If you want to purchase damage insurance for your shipment, you will have to have your shipment packed by us. Please see our international moving insurance guide.
Car Shipping Services to Dubai
Importing a car to New Zealand from the United States is usually not practical. Most automobiles will not be approved for import. In New Zealand they drive on the left and the steering column is on the right.
Many of our Emirati clients choose to send automobiles back to Dubai. Each returning citizen is permitted to bring one automobile per person and one motorcycle. However, you can only place one car in each container. If you want to send two cars, the most efficient method will be to send two containers.
If you will be sending a motorcycle, the best method to do it will be to crate it and include it in your container.
The UAE does not allow automobiles with dark tinted glass. If you are sending a car with dark windows, it is probably prudent to change the glass before shipment, as you might be charged a levy in addition to paying for the new windows there.
The vehicle title needs to be sent to SDC International Shipping along with the licenses. We will return these to you before you leave the country.
There are no special considerations for returning citizens in terms of automobile taxation. However, the UAE taxes on automobiles are only 5%. We encourage clients to check websites and call Dubai car dealers to compare prices. From our experience, many choose to send their American cars.
Dubai Customs and Regulations
All packed and ready to go? While you are waiting for SDC International Shipping to come load your personal belongings, it is time to double check that you have prepared everything you need:
You are required to be physically present when your container arrives in Dubai. Every container entering the country is subject to inspection.
Dubai allows for the duty free import of used household goods. To qualify, goods should be in your possession for at least six months. However, as the Emirates charge a rate of 5% tax on the value of newer items, this is not usually considered an impediment for sending the things that you will want or need while living in Dubai. It is still a good idea to retain receipts for things that you put in your container that look new.
If you are a returning Emirati citizen, you will need to prove that you have resided abroad. The UAE does not specify a specific duration of sojourn abroad.
If you are sending a commercial shipment to Dubai, please appreciate that business regulations are established at both the UAE Federal level and at the emirate level. This website will help you with some local Dubai issues. Consult the UAE embassy website for more information about sending commercial shipments to Dubai.
Moving to Dubai Checklist
SDC International Shipping is ready to relocate you and your family to Dubai. In the meantime, you will need to prepare many things, including:
- Immigration visa. If you are a citizen of any GCC country you will not require this. If you are not, please see this site for information about obtaining a visa.
- If you are taking your family with you, make sure that copies of important documents for all members are easily accessible.
- If you are a returning Emirati citizen, children born abroad must be reported to the Emirati consulate.
- If you are sending a pet, you will need to prepare early, including microchipping and vaccinations. All pets must be at least 27 weeks old to be imported. There is a specific form that must be filled in after you have received permission.
- Immunization records. Dubai is not considered a special risk for diseases, but you should definitely be immunized against measles, and the MMR is mandatory. The CDC recommends tetanus, polio and chicken pox vaccinations before travel.
- If you are shipping a car or motorcycle, request your import license early.
- Bring along any professional credentials that you have. If you aren’t an Emirati, you have probably already found employment, but if you need to change jobs, you’ll need to show records.
International Shipping Options from USA to Dubai
New Zealand is a relatively remote nation, isolated from other countries by the sea. Its closest neighbor, Australia, is at least 3.5 hours away by plane. For many shipments, the best option is air freight. New Zealand recently instituted new requirements for air containers, so make sure to speak with us before preparing your cargo.
While we can send any size shipment to New Zealand, we have found that most or our clients relocating there opt for full sized containers. 20’ and 40’ containers are the main options. We also send smaller shipments, but if you are sending a small amount, make sure to let SDC provide the boxes and pallets, as we have to meet New Zealand’s strict requirements. If you are bringing a boat or a plane, it will more than likely need to be sent using the ROLO (roll on roll off) method on its trailer. If you have a boat that is up to 7’8” wide, we will recommend a 40’ container that will be able to accommodate both your boat and your household goods
All our sea shipments to the UAE go through Jebel Ali, typically taking 6-10 weeks for door to door service. Shipments that arrive during the holy month of Ramadan should expect an additional week for customs clearance work. Air shipments are also available for anyone who requires a more timely delivery.
Most of our shipments to Dubai consist of full container loads (FCL) shipments. We send both 20’ containers with 1100 cubic feet of storage space (about the size of a 3 bedroom home) and 40’ containers with 2200 cubic feet for cargo.
If you are sending two automobiles, your SDC International Shipping relocation specialist will work with you to figure out which shipping options make the most sense for your family, as only one car may be placed in a container. Sometimes we will recommend two containers, sometimes one 40’ container and one car shipped using a different method separately. This will be dependent upon the pickup location and remainder of your shipment.
Sending smaller sea shipments to Dubai is also a possibility for those sending smaller shipments, and this service is often used by tourists to the United States who want to send things that they have bought here back home.