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Shipping costs to United Arab Emirates

Shipping to United Arab Emirates From China

Shipping Times

1 - 3 days by air

11 - 16 days by sea
Estimated Shipping Costs to United Arab Emirates

1 bed flat

£1,219 - £1,347
£4,875 - £5,387

3 bed house

£1,875 - £2,072

5 bed house

£2,813 - £3,108

Shipping Container Costs to United Arab Emirates

A move to the UAE comes with various logistical considerations, namely getting your belongings to your new home.

However, with the help of MoveHub, getting your stuff to Abu Dhabi, Dubai or other locations in between the emirates can be simple. We’ll help you find a shipping company that’s right for your timeline, budget, and location with just a few clicks.

There are two major ports in the United Arab Emirates – Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

Different shipping options to the UAE

Being such a long distance from other countries, the quickest and most effective way to get your stuff to the UAE is by sea or by air.

Air freight is obviously the fastest method, but this also makes it the most expensive. However, sea freight is considerably cheaper and depending on where you’re shipping from and the volume of cargo, it can take under two weeks to arrive.

If you’re not relocating to one of the two major port cities in the UAE, don’t panic. International shipping comes with door-to-door delivery as standard, so your precious cargo will arrive direct to your door.

Restrictions on bringing items into the United Arab Emirates

Naturally with any international move, you should familiarise yourself with the country’s restrictions on certain items. There’s a general list of items below, but for more information head to the UAE Federal Customs Authority website.

40ft Shipping Container

67 Cubic Meters | 12.04m x 2.35m x 2.39m (l x w x h)
See how much you can fit in a 40ft Container

Price: £3,563 - £3,937

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20ft Shipping Container

33 Cubic Meters | 6.04m x 2.35m x 2.39m (l x w x h)
See how much you can fit in a 20ft Container

Price: £1,875 - £2,072

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Car Shipping Costs from China to United Arab Emirates

In general a car will fit into a 20ft container. You will also need to consider quarantine and tax charges usually levied on importing vehicles.

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Car Shipped by Sea Freight

Max Dimensions 5.75m x 2.2m x 2.2m (l x w x h)

Base Price: £1875 - £2072

Quarantine & Taxes: £1,000 - £2,500

Price: £2,875 - £4,572

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Unusual Restricted Items

Laser pens


Laser pens and pointers.


Home & Garden

Organic and chemical fertilisers are banned.

Non-Islamic Religious Pamphlets


Pamphlets that are meant for missionary activities

Pornographic materials


Pornographic materials of all kinds

Controlled medicines and Narcotics


All medicines on the controlled drugs list. See exemptions.



Amounts in excess of AED 100,000

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