Dubai:There are clear rules and regulations set by the authorities for importing and exporting goods.And one should not also forget the customs requirements of the countries to which a resident is transferring the vehicle.

The UAE allows exporting vehicles from the country and there are clear rules and regulations that have to be followed.Those who want to export or import vehicles must have a valid residency visa.

Shipping a vehicle out is only allowed to those who have a residency visa.The vehicle must be registered in the name of the person who plans to ship it out. There are a different set of regulations if you plan to drive it out of the country.

If the owner wishes to take the car out by road, that requires crossing the borders and the most important bit is that the driver must have a valid residency visa. The other regulation is that the owner of the car should himself drive the vehicle through the borders and must be legally authorised to drive that specific type of vehicle.

If there are passengers on the drive, they should also have a valid UAE residency visa.

There are a number of documents which should be obtained before transferring the vehicle either by land or by sea.

If you purchase a car specifically for exporting outside the UAE to any other country, then it should be shipped out as cargo only.In this case it is not allowed to drive this car. It will not have any number plate.A paper is required from the police that it is OK to take this vehicle out of the country.

For that the vehicle must be taken to the traffic department.

The owner also needs to obtain transfer documents, which are needed for shipping the vehicle out.

The vehicle will be given transfer plate number for taking it outside the country.After paying the fees, the owner needs to obtain export declaration documents from the customs.

Before transferring a vehicle it has to be inspected by the traffic department.

Other shipment requirements include providing the original invoice and export declaration of the vehicle to the customs authorities in the country where the car is being exported.

Driving a car here and taking it home to the owner's home country is relatively cheaper, even after adding the shipping costs.But taking the car home to countries like Britain might require changes to match the right hand or left hand driving norms.



Ownership status


  • Visit the Police Traffic and Licensing Department or authority in charge.
  • Fill in the needed form related to exporting a vehicle.
    Submit the required documents at the traffic department or authority.
  • You need notification of non-objection if the vehicle is mortgaged.
  • If your car is still mortgaged, it means it is owned by the finance company or bank. Normally the bank or the finance company will not allow the vehicle to leave the country until such time as that mortgage is cleared.
  • One needs to check with his or her finance company or bank if they allow the car to travel outside the country or to be sold outside the country.
  • Pay the fees which range between Dh800 and Dh1,000.Applications are accepted only from the vehicle owner or a properly designated legal representative.Pay traffic fines (if any).
  • Obtain vehicle export plate number. All the documents described above must be presented to customs for verification to ship the vehicle through land or sea.
  • Customs will advise whether the clearance has been accepted. If an amendment is required, the exporter should amend the declaration and re-submit the documentation to the customs.
  • Customs will notify the exporter of the amount payable on the shipment depending on the country the vehicle is being sent to.
  • The person temporarily importing the vehicle into the other country by land must be the owner of the vehicle, or must have special authorisation permitting the person to use the vehicle abroad.
  • The driver must have a valid residency visa and driving license.