Shipping to the UK from Dubai

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Shipping from Dubai to the United Kingdom

The authorities tend to be proactive and transparent when it comes to shipping to the UK. Providing you follow the steps, submit your application in advance, the clearance process is often very smooth and things like import duty and taxes are not applied, unless your goods are new, or in large quantities.

However, whether you are Shipping to the UK from Dubai for the first time or repatriating as a UK citizen. Relocating your home can be an intimidating experience as the upheaval of changing Jobs/Lifestyle/Country can be challenging.

What to consider when moving from the UAE to the UK

When should I start looking for quotes for my relocation to the UK?

We recommend obtaining your quotes to the UK at least 2-3 months before your target move date.

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

And enough time to arrange your visa/travel documents and all the other formalities you have to contend with before your move.


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Documentation requirements for shipping to the UK from Dubai

  • Passport Copy
  • UAE Visa Copy
  • Packing List in English (Completed by Mover)
  • Transfer of Residence – ToR
  • Insurance Form

If you have owned and used your goods for 6 months or more then you should be able to secure duty-free entry to the UK.

This form is used to determine whether you are able to claim relief from duty and taxes when transferring your normal place of residence to the United Kingdom.

It is important to understand this should be done prior to shipping your goods.

Check here for more information on transfer of residence (ToR) relief.

If you are moving from the EU to Northern Ireland, there is no need to apply for ToR relief.

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What is the cost of moving to the UK from Dubai?

The cost of relocating from Dubai to the UK 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 relocation 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 longer.

Approximate shipping cost options to the UK are as follows :

Full Container (20ft / 40ft) – Starting from AED 14,500 AED

Groupage (Shared Container) – Starting from AED 900/CBM

LCL (Less than a container load) – Starting from AED 1,500/CBM

Air (Quickest, Most Expensive) – Starting from AED 35/KG

This is, of course, a general guide and you should get updated rates. We offer up to date quotes from reputable movers on this link here.

How long does it take to ship my goods to the UK?

When estimating how long shipping to the UK from Dubai 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 – (25 – 35 Days)
Part Container by Sea – (45 – 70 Days)

Another consideration when estimating time-frame is processing the shipment and customs clearance in Dubai and in the UK. 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

Fill out the form provided by telling us your moving requirements. Once the form has been submitted you will start to receive quotes from shippers we have matched to your enquiry.

Shippers will 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 more comprehensive guide on Moving to the UK Article.