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Bike importation to UAE

Discussion in 'Africa & Mid East' started by Macosie, Jan 14, 2006.

  1. Macosie

    Macosie Been here awhile

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    I saw one fellow got a teaching job in the UAE and didn't know what to do with his bikes, while he went.
    I just accepted a teaching position in the UAE, too. Unfortunately, I'm stuvbborn and attached to my Africa Twin (88 RD03), so I want to bring it with me.
    Anyone have any luck with finding importation reguations to the UAE?
    I'll love some help. Also, I'll post what I find, too.
    Cheers
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  2. usgser

    usgser Long timer

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    Sorry I can't help ya but you might also check out Horizons Unlimited board under the 'middle east' section.
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  3. Frank Warner

    Frank Warner Traveller

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    Try writing to their embasy. By writing you get a writen reply that can be held up under customs nose to prove you did your best. You could also try writing to their customs department in UAE.

    Oh - you'll need to consider rego and insurance and licencing too.

    Good luck.
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  4. slideways

    slideways España

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    Ship your bike to Dubai , when I lived there it was a duty free zone and very easy to ship things in. There are a few motorcycle shops there and the prices on bikes are cheaper than in the states. An r1100 gs was $3500 cheaper in Dubai than in Fl.
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  5. Macosie

    Macosie Been here awhile

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    I've had a responce from the Customs in Dubai. They charge a 5% import tax on the value of the bike (or car) and that's basically it. I still have to see about the cost of shipping though. i've had estimates from $800(boat) to $2500(by plane) but no one will commit to a quote. I have a place near by that does shipping to UAE (Hyundai Merchant Marine) and I'll visit them in a few weeks to see how much they'll charge me to through it on board with some cars.

    Here's what they told me...

    You can import your used motorcycle on Import basis, by paying a 5% customs - Customs Inspectors will physically assess the value at the time of arrival.

    For customs purpose, please bring the Bill of lading 2nd copy, delivery
    Order from the shipping agent and if possible the invoice.

    For Registration Requirements, Dubai Customs will arrange to provide Vehicle Clearance Certificate (V.C.C.) for each unit upon clearing the
    Customs Import Bill of Entry. Therefore, the V.C.C. should be submitted to
    Dubai Police - Traffic Department for registration. For further details
    regarding the registration, you are kindly requested to contact Dubai
    Police - Traffic Department on telephone 04-2692222 for all registration requirements.
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  6. Macosie

    Macosie Been here awhile

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    OK... I found my shipper,
    This is what the regulations are...
    MOTOR VEHICLES
    • Can only be registered with a valid United Arab Emirates Residence Visa [FONT=굴림][/FONT]
    • Only one car is allowed per adult person. A family importing two cars must have each vehicle registered under a different family member. Customs will not allow two cars in the same container so each car must be shipped in a separate container. Documents need to be consigned in each name, and each must have a valid Residence Visa for the U.A.E Import of vehicles is tracked by customs and one is only allowed to import a car once.[FONT=굴림] [/FONT]
    • Each customer is allowed one car and one motorbike. Same rules apply for motorcycles as for cars and the documentation required is also the same (see below, very important requirements)[FONT=굴림] [/FONT]
    • Cars with tinted glass are not allowed to be imported. The owner will be fined and asked to have all tinted windows replaced. [FONT=굴림] [/FONT]
    • Duty is applicable on all used motor vehicles at 5% of the customs assessed value, even for diplomatic shipments. [FONT=굴림] [/FONT]
    • Documents required:
      • Registration documents from origin / Certificate of Origin (Title or Deed) or Copy of Purchase Invoice or proof of ownership.
      • One of these documents must show: chassis number, engine number, make, model, year and color.
      • Copy of Passport (picture and personal details page(s))
      • UAE Residence Permit/Visa[FONT=굴림] [/FONT]
      • Estimate of depreciated value of the car at the time of import
    And here is the cost:

    Packing & crating charges: $250

    Trucking to the port: $80

    Port charges: $80

    Customs clearance and handling (at Busan): $75

    Ocean freight to Dubai: $300

    Total: $785

    Supposably ther ewill be another $100 or so charges in Dubai. I suppose I could save myself the packing and crating charge if I did it myself. I'm just hoping to get a decent crate through them.

    Hope this helps others who are interested.
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  7. lagodue

    lagodue Gotham (NYC)

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    Don't forget you will need a UAE driver's license with motorcycle add-on. You must have a resident visa for this and it will cost you AED 160, or about $43 US.
    You do all this at the Dubai Motor Vehicle place on Sheikh Zayed Rd. opposite Mall of the Emirates. Go early - 7:30 AM - to avoid the rush.
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  8. Macosie

    Macosie Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the advice...
    Cheers
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  9. Sycamore

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    Bike insurance is expensive - you'll pay a minimum of $280.
    That's what I paid to insure a KTM 640, and it increases for engine capacity. Can only get 3rd party insurance on bikes.
    Insurance is neccessary for registration, you can do it all at the same place.
    REgistration costs something like $50.

    Not sure how bike prices here compare but I think they are cheaper, especuially in summer (non-riding season, harder to sell).

    I got a KTM 640 for $4,000 but it is absolutely immaculate, one owner, very low milage. Not a scratch.

    Recently saw an XR650R with lots of add-ons for $3,700.
    Both these bikes are road legal.
    Dirt-only bikes sell for much less.

    KTMs are very popular here, there are plenty second-hand including Adventure.

    ***I'd seriously consider putting your bike into storage and buying a "temporary bike" here (and selling when u leave) to save shipping, paperwork etc.

    Saw an Africa Twin for sale here recently, forgot the price.

    3 dealers who sell dirt used bikes: (sorry i dont have email)

    Sandstorm (all bikes):
    +971 4 3395608

    Motorcycle City (all bikes):
    +971 4 3338336

    TriStar (KTM only)
    +971 4 3330659

    All are closed Friday.
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  10. Macosie

    Macosie Been here awhile

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    Finally my twin is registered.
    Reason for the delay was the fact that I put a new engine into the bike. Basically I missed the riding season, but I'm happy to have it on the road. There were no problems clearing the bike into the country, because I let the shipping company do all that for me (worth the small extra charge.)The only problem I had was while getting the bike registered and insured; it's impossible to do anything in one day in the UAE. I'm a little naive and clueless to bribing guys, so it took me a couple of extra trips to the motorvehicles ministry. The main problem I had was that I didn't have the right documents, although the next day, with a different guy they were fine. Happened twice, and I think in both cases the guy was fishing for a little payoff... thus the I'm clueless comment because that didn't dawn to me much later.
    Anyway, though it's damn hot 45 degrees C, I'm still taking it out for the odd short ride.
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  11. Frankko

    Frankko Midnight Rambler

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    I am glad you got you ride registered. I go thru Dubai 3 times a year when I go on vacation. I am currently in BAghdad. During my layover I was trying book a desert ride but with motorcycles. No luck..

    Anyway enjoy riding your dunes!!:clap
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  12. motoreiter

    motoreiter Long timer

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    From the Horizons Unlimited site, it looks like bike theft is a problem in UAE, particularly dual-sports, so keep your ride somewhere secure!
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  13. Macosie

    Macosie Been here awhile

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    Unfortunately theft is becoming a problem here.
    I have a good spot for when I'm around and leave it with the mechanic when I'm away. I prsctice ATBondage...I chain her up...
    It's actually up for sale now (been a year on the road) as I'm heading out of the UAE. I may export it, but that depends if I get a good offer.
    I've been a little worried about who is asking for it. One fellow mentioned his old bike was stolen when it was up for sale... so I'm careful to go meet potential buyers.
    It's looking like I'll ship it to Canada... 20 years old, so no worries about importing.
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  14. hirise53

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    I have a 2004 KTM 640 that I was shipping from UAE, it got hung up in Jordan (long story), is now in a Free Zone waiting for my instructions, now I need to find out where/how to ship it somewhere I can sell it. Options are Jordan, Israel, and UAE, I think. But from what I can determine, not many bikes in Jordan and tough to sell, Israel would be high tax and customs and I would need an Israeli drivers license (I think). Bike is registered and was bought in UAE, and I am tending towards sending it home and trying to sell there. Anyone know of the various options? Is there something I might not be thinking of? I now live in Canada and it is impractical/very expensive to ship to where I am.
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  15. Macosie

    Macosie Been here awhile

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    I can tell you that shipping to Canada is a pain, and expensive. My bike it there now.
    I was told by one of the owners of Extreme Cycles in Abu Dhabi (a Jordanian) that Jordanians aren't allowed to own big bikes, so it will be a problem to sell in Jordan.
    I don't know about re-importing it to the Emirates. You could check about sending it to another emirate than the one you exported from, it may be easier than getting it back into the emirate you left.
    How about India or the Stans?
    How much are you asking for it?
    It would be best to have a buyer first, or a shop you could send it to.
    Try advertising the bike here and on Horizons Unlimited. Good luck.
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  16. hirise53

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    Thanks - this is helpful. Haven't thought of India or the stans.
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  17. hirise53

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    I have looked at a lot of options for dealing with the bike (KTM 640) in Jordan, but running into blocks or hassles everywhere, so have decided to proceed with original plan of shipping to Canada. It is expensive, but will bite the bullet. Anyone have any tips for importing a UAE registered bike to Canada, then selling it there? The bike is actually my husband's. He died a few months ago, and now trying to sort out a lot of these details. Thanks for any advice.
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  18. Macosie

    Macosie Been here awhile

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    First of all, sorry for your loss.

    I shipped to the port in Vancouver by boat...
    #1. Next time I'd fly the bike, because in the end it wouldn't have been that much.
    #2. Because of the age, you have to make sure it complies with Transport Canada's importation rules.
    If you go to the gov Canada site you can get the official rules.
    http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/publications/pub/bsf5048-eng.html

    Good luck
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  19. Macosie

    Macosie Been here awhile

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    Has the bike been de-registered in the UAE? (It should have the big blue export plate and paperwork.) If not, you may have to get that done before you can even try to get it into Canada.
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    Thanks for all this. De-registered? I doubt if he did this, and don't have those papers. I do have the original UAE registration. Do you know how I would go about de-registering from Canada? Interesting that flying it might be cheaper - will look into this. Thanks again.
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