How much does it cost to ship a container to United Arab Emirates

Ocean freight shipping from the United Arab Emirates remains generally economical with pricing from $600 to $2,000 varying by destination and container size. While exports have decreased over the years, the country still holds their place as the 32nd largest export economy in the world. Exports include crude and refined petroleum, petroleum gas, diamonds, and gold. Imports include cars, jewelry, refined petroleum, and diamonds and gold as well.

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Main ports in United Arab Emirates

Shipping your container to your preferred port in United Arab Emirates is easy with iContainers – we operate in 10 ports in United Arab Emirates for ocean freight transport from the United States and 9 ports in United Arab Emirates from Spain. Choose between FCL or LCL, decide on a port and let us help you with the rest!

FAQs about shipping your container to United Arab Emirates

What is the estimated transit time for shipping a container to United Arab Emirates?

Shipping a container to United Arab Emirates can take as much as 46 days and as little as 17 days. This is due to the different routes, ports of origin and destination you choose. The longest estimated time is the route Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain – Dubai (46 days) whereas the shortest is Zaragoza, Spain – Dubai (17 days). Other routes include Bilbao, Spain – Dubai (28 days on average) or Barcelona, Spain – Dubai (17 days).

What type of cargo can be sent in a container?

Regardless of the kind of cargo you’re dealing with, you should always make sure you choose the best container based on the nature of your goods. For instance, when shipping dry bulk – a very common type of freight – shippers usually find dry shipping containers are ideal. This is because they come in several sizes and dimensions and are hermetically sealed. However, they don’t offer ventilation or refrigeration so they may not be the best idea for perishable cargo.

How do you figure out shipping cost to United Arab Emirates?

Trying to figure out the final price you will pay for your sea freight is a tricky matter. Although there are some factors that determine the price in any case (cargo’s dimensions, chosen Incoterm, type of container and selected route), many vary based on specific aspects of your shipment. This is the case with extra costs for hazardous or sensitive goods, for instance.

What container capacity do I need for my cargo?

Using a Shared Container (LCL) is usually recommended for small freight, since it’s a cost-effective shipping method in which shippers only pay for the space their goods occupy. If you’re going for a whole container (FCL), you will have a number of sizes and capacities to choose from: the smallest (20ft) has a volume capacity of 1,172 CFT / 33.2 CBM, whereas the largest (45ft) can offer up to 3,122 CFT / 88.4 CBM.

FOB vs CIF: What´s the difference?

Incoterms are complex commercial agreements made up of a long list of essential details that can easily be overlooked, which is why FOB and CIF sometimes lead to misunderstandings. The main difference between the two is simple: with CIF, the seller is responsible for the freight until it reaches its destination port while with FOB, liability only lies with the seller until the cargo is loaded and in transit, at which point responsibility is conveyed to the buyer.

What paperwork is needed for international shipments to United Arab Emirates?

As a general rule, necessary paperwork for ocean freight can mostly be classified in two types: general documents that are required regardless of the details of your shipping - a Bill of Lading, a packing list or a commercial invoice, for instance -, and varying paperwork that depends on country-specific requirements or the nature of the cargo being transported.

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