Shipping to India from Dubai

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Shipping from Dubai to India

Shipping to India involves negotiating quite a bit of red-tape, therefore planning and being proactive is extremely important. Whether you are shipping to India from Dubai for the first time or repatriating as an Indian citizen. Relocating can be a daunting experience as the upheaval of changing Jobs/Lifestyle/Location can be very challenging.

What should I prioritise when moving from the UAE to India?

When should I start obtaining quotes for my relocation to India?

We recommend obtaining quotes for moving to India at least 2 months before your target move date.

This provides sufficient time to review your quotes and formally advise the shipping company you have chosen, securing your preferred moving dates.

Also, this allows enough time to arrange your visa/travel/shipping documents and all the other formalities you have to contend with before your move.


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Documentation requirements for shipping to India from Dubai

  • Passport copy
  • Residence Permit (foreigners)
  • Letter of employment / Lease agreement
  • List of electronic items
  • Valid visa
  • Original packing list prepared by movers
  • Bill of lading / Air Waybill
  • The owner must be present during the customs clearance process

What items in India are Restricted or Dutiable?

All NEW items arriving in India will incur import duties (invoice must be supplied). This is an indication (not an exhaustive list) to which customs duties are applied at approximately 15%:

  • TV’s and monitors
  • DVD players
  • PC/Laptop/tablets/mobile devices
  • Home theatre/Hifi
  • Microwaves
  • Dishwashers
  • Air conditioning units
  • Fridge / Freezer above 300 Liters
  • Video cameras
  • Printer/Photocopier
  • Gold or silver (other than ornaments)

IMPORTANT – Duplicate items (and/or items worth in excess of 150,000 Rupees (500,000 Rupees in Delhi and Mumbai) may attract import duties ranging between 36 to 61%.

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What is the cost of moving to India from Dubai?

The cost of relocating from Dubai to India depends on a number of factors. The most important factor is the volume of furniture you are moving. The more furniture you move, the higher cost. 

Secondly is the Mode of shipping you choose. 

You can choose to move your items in your own shipping container, or if you’re moving only a few items and only a small amount of furniture you could choose a shared container.

This is known as “Groupage” in the moving industry. Of course, sharing a container, or Groupage, is likely more cost-effective than a dedicated container. However, the compromise you make is shipping times can be a little longer.

Approximate shipping cost options to India are as follows:

Full Container (20ft / 40ft) – Starting from AED 10,000 AED

Groupage (Shared Container) – Starting from AED 500/CBM

LCL (Less than a container load) – Starting from AED 600/CBM

Air (Quickest, Most Expensive) – Starting from AED 20/KG

This is, as mentioned, a general guide, however, you can click here to obtain competitive, up to date quotes, from reputable movers.

How long does it take to ship my goods to India?

When estimating how long shipping from Dubai to India takes, we have to consider the mode the goods would be travelling in. Air is the quickest and Sea is the slowest. 

Approximate transit times

Air Shipment – (3-4 Days)

Sole Container by Sea – (10 – 14 Days)

Part Container by Sea – (15 – 20 Days)

Another consideration when estimating time-frame is processing the shipment and customs clearance in Dubai and in India. We would allow up to 1 week at both ends. (Airfreight should take a couple of days at both ends).

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How do I start the process of getting quotes?

Complete our simple form telling us your moving requirements. The form is instantly submitted to reputable shippers in Dubai who will immediately start work on a competitive quotation

Shippers may make contact with you based on your requirements, then simply select the quote that best suits your needs!

If you want a more in-depth guide on other moving-related topics we would suggest you read the Ultimate Guide! Moving to India.