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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.

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.

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


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Decades of experience

  • JC
    Jack Charlesworth
    An expert in having anything from supercar to supermini imported and registered in the UK
  • Tim Website
    Tim Charlesworth
    With decades of car import and sales experience, there is no scenario Tim has not dealt with
  • Will Smith
    Will Smith
    Will markets the business, deals with enquiries, trade clients and drives the business into new territory.
  • VW
    Vikki Walker
    Office Administrator
    Vikki keeps the cogs turning in the business and manages all the administration tasks involved in the business.
  • Phil Mobley
    Phil Mobley
    Phil deals with clients from all around the world and helps them every step of the way.
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    Jade Williamson
    Registration and Testing
    Jade is an expert in vehicle testing and registration submissions in the UK.


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