International Movers Dubai

Overseas Moving Companies Dubai

International Movers Dubai

International Movers Dubai


If size was the only thing that mattered, moving internationally from Dubai would be a breeze. That’s because the Port of Dubai is the world’s largest man-made port, moving millions of containers every single year. However, it just isn’t that simple. There are many decisions that you will need to make about how to transport your goods, and the costs can be difficult to estimate and predict.

Here are the most common questions people ask about moving internationally from Dubai:

How much does it cost?

That depends on where you are going and how much space you need for your goods. Most people use a shipping container to move their belongings. A full container load (FCL) offers up to 12 meters of space, and a less than container load (LCL) is a shared container in which you pay for the space you need.

Estimates for shipping online can be helpful, but they present just one part of the picture. For example, an estimate of the cost to ship your container from Dubai to London will be between AED 24,900 – AED 40,900. This broad range is due to the difficulty in predicting all of the costs associated with a transfer, such as fees for storage and other handling along the way. The cost to ship that same container to New York City could be AED 26,400 – AED 44,000.

What paperwork do I need?

Some paperwork is universal when moving overseas. For example, when you import your household goods to another country, customs officials want a comprehensive inventory that describes the contents of every box and crate, in detail. The only question here is what language it will need to be written in. Some countries, like the Czech Republic, will require that all customs and immigration documents are submitted in the Czech language.

Passports are also essential. You must keep your UAE passport with you as you travel abroad, and in many countries, you are also required to keep your passport with you throughout your stay.

Other requirements for immigration and customs could include:

  • Visa
  • Residence or work permit
  • Bank account information
  • Birth, marriage, or divorce records
  • Driver’s license, and more.

Make sure you check with your local embassy early in your moving process to learn about the requirements for your new home country. Some customs officials require that your paperwork (sans passport, of course) be received weeks before your arrival, so planning is important here.

What can I bring with me?

As with all of these questions, it will depend on where you are moving to. Countries have different restrictions for imports, some of which may seem arbitrary to outsiders. Here are some examples of unusual import restrictions:

  • Nigeria: No wheelbarrows
  • America: No Kinder Eggs
  • France: No clown costumes
  • Algeria: No toothpaste
  • UK: No horror comics

As you can see from this list, you can’t always count on what you think is reasonable to import. Check with your local embassy to get the best guidance about what you can and cannot bring with you when you move. We would hate to see you have to surrender that clown costume at the border.

Benefits to Working with an Overseas Moving Company

When you work with an experienced shipping company, you can have the peace of mind that comes from knowing that it’s being handled by experts. From the shipping logistics to packing and paperwork, Three Men and a Truck provide world-class service through their extensive network of international shipping partners. We offer a comprehensive shipping quote, exceptional service, and prompt communication from door to door. Contact us today to learn more.

Written by Chris Townsend

Chris Townsend

Chris Townsend is a moving professional and relocation expert that has more than 10 years of experience in the moving industry. With a background that includes working in virtually every aspect of the company, he has distinguished himself as an integral part of our operations with expertise in all things related to moving.

If you have any questions about moving, our services, or anything else you think he may be able to help with, you can contact Chris by emailing him at

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