The UK’s Leading Car Importers


The UK's leading importers of Dubai vehicles

Importing a car from Dubai to the UK

My Car Import are UK’s leading car importer from Dubai to the UK. Our expert team are on hand to deal with every type of vehicle, from supermini to supercar and with every element of the process, ensuring safe transit and a professional service in the UK.

Getting your vehicle to the United Kingdom

My Car Import have a wealth of knowledge when it comes too importing cars from Dubai. Having an established contact base in Dubai allows us to effectively manage your import from the moment it leaves Dubai until it becomes a road-registered car here in the UK.

We have carefully selected car shipping specialists operating out of Dubai to handle our client’s cars. Our agents will guide you on the process of applying for export plates with the RTA and then receive the car at the loading warehouse. Our rates are for a shared container where we make a load with one other car destined for the UK. Our first priority is to ensure the security of your vehicle in transit but also we want to get your car shipped as quickly as possible to ensure the shortest times in the industry of getting you driving again in the UK. The other great advantage is the price as our rates are lower than even roll on roll off vessels but get to the UK in approximately 30 days rather than longer sailings for roll on roll of vessels.

Our contacts in Dubai will load your vehicle into a container prior to shipping to ensure its safety. It is insured for transit and a delivery inspection report is taken upon UK arrival. You can enjoy full peace of mind knowing that damage is covered up to the value of a total vehicle loss.


We will collect your vehicle from Dubai and deliver it to the port.

Export plates

We will assist with the process of exporting your vehicle from Dubai.


Your vehicle is loaded onto the next available shipping container ready to set sail.

Customs Clearance

On arrival in the United Kingdom, the vehicle will be cleared through customs and the NOVA entry completed on your behalf.

Delivery to our premises

We will deliver your car to our premises in Castle Donington ready to be modified and registered on your behalf.

Find out what we can do for you

With decades of experience importing vehicles into the United Kingdom, we want to assist in any way possible.
Importing a car from Dubai should be hassle-free.

How much tax will you need to pay to import your vehicle from Dubai?

When importing a car from Dubai to the UK there are a number of tax and duty import liabilities when clearing customs in the UK:

  • If you import a vehicle that was manufactured outside the EU, you will pay 20% VAT and 10% duty
  • If you import a vehicle that was manufactured in the EU, you will pay 20% VAT and £50 duty
  • If you import a vehicle that is over 30 years old and not extensively modified, you will pay 5% VAT only
  • If you are moving to the UK, having lived in Dubai for 12 months or more, and owned the vehicle for 6 months or more, you can import tax free.

Get a quote to import your vehicle from Dubai

    What is your vehicle?

    Vehicle Make

    Vehicle Model

    Vehicle Year

    Where is the vehicle?

    Is the car already in the United Kingdom?


    Where is the vehicle?

    Where Is The Vehicle Currently Registered?

    What is the ZIP code in America? (If you know it)

    What town is the vehicle currently located in?

    Was the vehicle previously registered in the UK?

    Have you owned the vehicle for more than 6 months whilst living outside the UK for more than 12 months?


    Your details

    Contact name

    Email address

    Phone number

    When are you planning on moving to the United Kingdom?

    Is there anything else you would like us to know?

    Any extra information about your import could help us to quote more accurately. E.g. Was you car ever registered in the UK before?... Do you have any modifications on the vehicle?, etc.

    Dubai vehicle modifications and type approval

    Once customs cleared we unload the car from the container and arrange a vehicle transporter to collect the car and deliver it to our testing facility. Cars under 10 years old from Dubai will need an IVA test in order to be registered in the UK. We pre apply for your IVA test before the car arrives in the UK so on arrival our technical team do a pre test inspection and commence the preparation work required for the car to meet UK compliance rules. We are in the fortunate position of being the only company in the UK to own a privately run Government approved IVA testing facility which means we can normally test your vehicle within a week of arrival on site. Government run testing centres have had 12 weeks lead times for the majority of the past calendar year so it is a massive time save in getting your car legal to drive again in the UK.

    We then MOT test the car which checks the general road fitness of the car and once passed we submit a postal registration application to our dedicated account manager at the DVLA who process the paperwork we submit and then issue us with your new UK registration number. Your plates are then made and fitted and your car can be collected or we can quote for onward delivery to your UK address. At this point you are required to arrange insurance prior to driving and the process is complete.

    How much does it cost to import a car from Dubai?

    The price to import your vehicle from Dubai into the United Kingdom will greatly vary on your unique circumstances. At My Car Import we try to keep the cost of importing your vehicle as low as possible by managing the entire process ourselves.

    We’ve imported hundreds of cars from Dubai and can assure you that we do our best to ensure a competitive price to import your vehicle. With decades of experience our logistics partners can offer a streamlined export of your vehicle and with many other vehicles leaving Dubai frequently – reduced shipping costs through shared containers can be offered.

    To get a better idea of how much your vehicle could cost to import into the United Kingdom from Dubai – don’t hesitate to get in touch.


    We offer the complete Dubai vehicle import service

    Can you assist with importing my motorbike from Dubai?

    We get a large number of requests from customers wanting to import their motorbikes from this region and we are more than happy to help. A few of the notable imports are superbikes like Ducatti’s but also truly priceless classics.

    If you require any guidance on the shipping process for a motorbike or would like to ship your motorbike from Dubai in a crate then please inform us.

    Can you help with the export of my vehicle from Dubai?

    In the UAE it is required that a vehicle has an export certificate before leaving. This is a process undertaken by the Road & Transport Authority (RTA). We can assist with both privately owned cars and trade vehicles.

    Export plates can be purchased for an additional fee and are used to drive the vehicle around if needs be within the UAE whilst the shipping is booked.

    This process is essentially unregistering the vehicle within the UAE. It also ensures that no vehicle with outstanding finance or fines leaves the country.

    What port will be vehicle be shipped from?

    Vehicles that are being exported from Dubai are shipped from Jebel Ali. It’s the largest port in the Middle East and one of the biggest in the world. connecting multiple regions via air, sea, and land.

    The Jebel Ali Port has been voted as the best seaport in the Middle East many times over and will most likely to continue to be the best in the Middle East. So don’t worry – your vehicle from Dubai is in the safest of hands.

    How quickly can you register my car from Dubai?

    Depending on the time your vehicle arrives we aim to get the modifications completed in line with the booking date of your IVA test date unless the vehicle is ten years or older.

    We can schedule IVA tests faster than anyone else in the United Kingdom so your car will be registered faster than anyone else if the vehicle is newer than ten years old.

    And in the very unlikely case, your vehicle fails an IVA test we can reschedule it faster than anyone else.

    Other ‘IVA’ Conversion specialists have to conform by the timeframes outlined by the Government. As car enthusiasts ourselves we understand waiting weeks upon weeks for a test slot isn’t exactly ideal.

    What types of cars do you import from Dubai?

    We have worked with so many vehicles that originated from Dubai – but the most popular things are usually SUV’s and Supercars. Although quite often a modest hatchback finds its way into the UK from Dubai.

    How does Brexit affect imports from Dubai?

    It doesn’t. The normal import rules still apply as Dubai was previously outside of the EU anyway.

    On arrival in the United Kingdom can you move my car in enclosed transport?

    We understand that a large majority of the vehicles from Dubai might be substantially more than other regions. If you would like enclosed transport please do mention it at the time of quotation, although the chances are we’ll suggest it for those priceless vehicles.

    Can we IVA test your vehicle from Dubai?
    We're the only privately owned company with an IVA testing onsite. This means we can get your vehicle tested much sooner than through government testing centers.
    Can you help with registering a salvage car from Dubai?
    We'll need to know a few more details about the care to best advise but depending on the vehicle it is possible to register a car from Dubai that was previously titled as Salvage.
    What types of cars have we imported from Dubai?
    Everything from supercars to 4x4's. The market in Dubai has some incredible cars and we love seeing what the next inquiry will be.