Moving to the United Arab Emirates from the US
Picking an international moving company the moment you decide on moving to the UAE is among the key elements of a successful transfer to another country. There are quite a number of companies offering high-quality international moving services that finding the right one is not that easy. You need to perform head-on comparisons on what they can guarantee in terms of their services and their moving quotes. Then, take into consideration the reputation of the companies you are particularly interested in by requesting referrals from their previous clients. Companies who provide high-quality moving services are expected to have substantial referrals from satisfied customers. Your next step is to visit offices of the moving companies to verify if they really exist and to know how they handle their customers. Lastly, as you make your visit, try to see if they hold suitable licenses such as Non-Vessel Operating Common Carrier (NVOCC) license from the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) and a license from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
After choosing one of the moving companies accessible in your area, you now need to obtain documents required by the UAE Customs and be aware of the regulations they impose on shipped goods. You need to prepare your passport, Residence Permit, Confirmation of Employment Letter, comprehensive inventory in English and an Insurance Certificate. The UAE customs requires your presence during customs clearance of your shipment as they check each of the items contained. Every household good and personal effects are duty-free if you possess a Residence Permit.
Shipped religious and political reading materials are subject to approval from UAE Ministry. Whereas other items such as plants, medications, food products, flammable or corrosive goods, and exposed films as well as other items that are of high value are dutiable and/or subject to restrictions. The UAE Customs does not allow importation of firearms, alcoholic drinks, narcotics and drugs, wireless transmitters and communications equipment, counterfeit currency, statues or figurines that are insulting to Islamic principles and teachings, pornographic materials, political and religious materials that are offensive to the Islamic faith and to the government of UAE, and pork meat.
You can import your current car only if you have a valid UAE Residence Visa and your car glass is not tinted. All used autos are subject to importation tax. If you want to bring your pets as you relocate, you can only bring dogs, cats and birds, and they must have a Health Vaccination Certificate given by the Agriculture Ministry.