Dubai is the most populous city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and has emerged as a business hub of the Middle East. Its Western-style model of business drives the economy, with the main revenues coming from tourism, aviation, real estate, and financial services. Undertaking export from the US to Dubai is a perfect way into the Middle Eastern market.

Dubai has one of the world’s fastest-growing economies, with construction and trade among its largest sectors. The US is Dubai’s third-largest trading partner. Dubai is also a hub for service industries such as information technology and finance.

Dubai has no tax on either personal income or capital gains, and English is widely spoken in business circles in the country. The also has industry-specific Free Trade Zones in which overseas companies can retain full ownership, enjoy tax exemption, and take advantage of purpose-built offices or warehouses. Explore export from the US to Dubai.

Full Container (FCL) or Groupage (LCL)

When shipping a container to Dubai, you have two options: a full container load (FCL) or groupage (LCL).

Your shipping volume is one of the determinants of the most suitable choice here. If your shipment is equal to at least six standard pallets, then FCL (a full container load) is required. A twenty-foot container accommodates 10 standard pallets, and a forty-foot container can ship 22 standard pallets.

A full container load is also wise if you wish to avoid any risk of damage to your goods that could be caused by contact with others’ merchandise.

If this is not a concern, you may want to opt for a less-than-container load (LCL)-a shared container, or groupage. You will pay only for the space you need with this arrangement. Consult iContainers for rates and other important information.

Ocean Freight Routes to Dubai

The port of Rashid and the port of Jebel Ali are Dubai’s two major maritime ports. Both are managed by the Dubai Ports Authority.

  • Port of Rashid
    All of the UAE’s foreign trade activity goes through Port Rashid, as does much of its passenger traffic. The port is located near Dubai’s primary commercial zone. Its sophisticated infrastructure has made this the most advanced seaport in the world, with the largest docking capacity. Its 102 deep-water berths offer loading and unloading for large container vessels, RORO, and general cargo.

  • Port of Jebel Ali
    Jebel Ali is the world’s largest man-made port, with 63 deep-water berths and good warehousing facilities, including a container yard of roughly 250 acres. It handles both passenger traffic and foreign trade operations. Jebel Ali handles more than eight million TEUs per year, placing it among the 10 most important commercial maritime ports in the world.

Air Freight Transportation to Dubai

Air freight may be more appropriate to your needs than ocean freight if you are working with an urgent shipment or a tight deadline. This does impose certain limitations in terms of volume and weight; consult the calculator provided by iContainers to help you decide.