Dubai’s economic development has placed this city of the United Arab Emirates as one of the main commercial hubs in the world, increasing exponentially the ocean freight transportation to Dubai during the last 20 years.
Its current GDP is over 100 billion dollars and, surprisingly, petroleum isn´t anymore the main source of revenue, giving way to thriving real estate, tourism and financial services. Trade carried out in the Free Trade Zones -known as entrepôt- is also important. Because of the foregoing, the ocean freight transportation to Dubai and foreign trade have become crucial.
If you want to book an ocean freight transportation to Dubai with the most advantageous conditions, you must first choose first a Full Container Load (FCL) or a Less than a Container Load (LCL) - Groupage
Firstly, FCL means that you will have a container just for your cargo. Therefore, your goods will be completely isolated from other products shipped by other traders. Besides, if your cargo volume is 10 or 21 standard American pallets (consider that each standard American pallet measures 39.37 inches wide and 47.24 inches long), you will optimize the shipping costs, as that is the exactly the capacity of the 20 or 40-foot containers, respectively.
However, if you don’t need such volume because your shipment does not even fill half of the container and the risks associated to sharing the space with other shipment are not a main concern, then the “groupage” or LCL will let you save on shipping costs. As you share the container with cargo belonging to other traders, you pay only for the space used by your cargo.
Dubai has two important international seaports: Port Rashid and the Port of Jebel Ali. The Dubai Ports Authority manages both ports.
If your shipping is urgent or you have a very tight schedule, we suggest you quote an air freight shipment << take into consideration the limitations on air freight shipments with respect to volume and weight>>by using the calculator provided by iContainers.