Used Vehicle Import Laws in Dubai

Used Vehicle Import Laws in Dubai (UAE) : Dubai, the major area for foreign trade, is a free trade zone and free port with no restrictions on imports or exports. The individual emirate governments exert no control over imports, except for licensing. As an international trading hub, the UAE adopts a free market policy with very minimal restrictions.
Import / Export Documentation: If you choose to import your car into Dubai, you will need an evaluation by a customs official to determine the local market value of the vehicle to be imported. The duty payable will be 5% of the value attributed by the expert. Once the duty has been paid, you should apply to the Dubai Traffic Police to register the car and obtain local license plates.
The consignee or agent should obtain a delivery order from the Shipping Agent and submit original standard trade documentation, including certificates of origin, bills of lading, commercial invoice, export declaration and various government or embassy attestations. These documents must be presented for all imports and exports. Customs Valuation: The customs valuation is based on the CIF value.  This means that the cost of the item plus the amount paid for insurance plus the transportation cost to move the freight to the UAE is taken in total and then assessed duty at the applicable rate for the commodity classification.
The CIF value that is stated on the commercial invoice is generally accepted, however UAE Customs are not bound to accept the figures listed and can reset the estimated value of the goods
Import Duty: The recent decision of the Cabinet’s Services Committee will further restrict the imports of used vehicles into UAE starting January 2009. There will be an import ban on used light cars that are older than 5 years, and heavy vehicles are not allow if older than 7 years.
In good news, light cars over 20 years old are banned in the United Arab Emirates. This will push people to buy newer, better cars. And those vehicles can be from Japan.