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Winsky freight has been specializing in shipping from China to UAE for more than ten years. We offer exclusive Express Freight, Air Freight, and Sea Freight Door to Door from China to UAE. You will get efficient and competitive shipping from China to UAE.
With our reliable carriers and trusted custom clearance teams, we can ship all types of cargo from China to UAE smoothly, such as power banks, liquids, electronics, mold equipment, lighting signs, and any other product pick up from any China manufacturer to UAE with import custom clearance and duty service included.
Winsky Freight have contracts with all the top carriers and express shipping companies, so you can get the cheapest shipping from China to UAE. With us, you are never short of space even in the busiest season.
Whether it is Dubai, Abudhabi, or any other city, we can arrange hassle-free shipping for you. Our comprehensive network coverage, skilled workers, and 24/7 customer service will give you the best China to UAE shipping experience.
Contact us today for a free quote for your new shipment from China to UAE.
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WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAYS
“I was importing high-value goods from China, so I was worried, but Winsky offered excellent shipment insurance to secure my goods. Their shipping services really impressed me, and I wish to work with them again. ”
“I have availed Winsky’s express shipping to UAE for my business purposes. I was highly impressed by their assistance and commitment while delivering the goods. My team was pleased to receive doorstep delivery at a discount.”
“I run a small electronics sales outlet in UAE and regularly use Winsky’s shipping from China to UAE for my imports. To date, I have never faced any issues but received goods on time. Plus, their pick-up and delivery rates are also very reasonable.”
“I contacted Winsky for an air shipment of Car parts from China to Canada. The customer care team guided me through the whole shipping procedures. It gave me confidence to have you at the end of my emails at every stage of this long process – so I thank you again. Until my next shipment.”
“Thanks Winsky Freight, they makes shipping from China to UAE become simpler and has helped me receive goods always on time. Their affordable air freight rates and fast turnaround times have helped my business immensely.
FAQs for Shipping from China to UAE
Air freight takes about 5-10 days to ship from China to UAE and Sea freight takes 20-30 work days. Express shipping is the fastest and takes around 2-5 work days to ship from China to UAE.
You will have to register as an importer before starting shipping from China to UAE, and you will have to provide specific documents such as a bill of lading, commercial bill, packaging list, import permit, etc.
Express shipping costs around US$5-US$8 per Kg and air freight costs US$4-US$7 per kg from China to UAE, sea freight is the lowest cost around US$40/CBM for port to port shipping, the final price depends on the the shipping way you choose, the cargo volume and type of your goods.
Yes, your Alibaba shipment can be delivered to UAE. You don’t have to be a registered company in the UAE if you choose DDP shipping from Winsky Freight.
Shipping from China to UAE Process:
The Complete Guide | Shipping From China To UAE
The geographical location of UAE, between the Far East and Europe, has made the country a global commercial hub. The United Arab Amirat is the owner of the world’s largest airport and Dubai has become a pivot point for many economic regions. UAE itself imports a considerable amount of goods from China. This guide is dedicated to the fundamentals you should know before shipping from China to UAE.
The total import of UAE from China was worth USD 53.86 billion in 2022, which is slightly better than the previous year. Covid-19 had played a significant role before 2023. But the situation is becoming normal again. This article will help you to learn lots of things about shipping from China to the UAE.
- What options do you have while shipping from China to UAE?
- What’s the Shipping cost from China to UAE?
- What is the Shipping time from China to UAE?
- Import Customs Clearance from China to UAE
- Necessary Documents to Ship to UAE.
- Door to door shipping from China to UAE.
- Door to door shipping costs.
- What is the Cheapest shipping from China to UAE?
- Prohibated and Restricted Items in UAE.
- How to track your shipment while shipping from China to UAE.
- How to reduce shipping costs?
- Why is Winsky the best freight forwarder for UAE?
1. What are the Available methods while Shipping from China to UAE?
There are three major shipping options from China to the UAE. The option you choose mostly depends on the volume of goods you’re shipping and the urgency of delivery. Here are the major options available:
1.1. Sea freight
Shipping by sea freight remains the most popular shipping method in the world. Both China and the UAE are home to state-of-the-art modern ports that make sea shipping between them very smooth and easy. Also, the shipping distance between both countries is relatively small. For example, the distance between Shanghai Port in China and Abu Dhabi Port in UAE is about 12.5 kilometers.
Sea freight is a very cheap method of transporting cargo and can carry heavy goods that simply cannot be transported through other means. However, it is also the slowest shipping method, so you should only use it if you’re not delivering time-sensitive goods, or you’re shipping heavy goods.
While Sea freight is mostly used for shipping heavy goods in containers, it’s also possible to ship smaller goods with this shipping method. This is because Sea freight operates under two different types:
LCL (Less than Container Load) shipping
This is a type of sea shipping where several importers’ goods are shipped in a single container and each importer pays for their own goods only. It is an affordable option for small shipments that do not require a full container because you won’t have to pay for the entire container when your load does not fill it up. LCL rates are prone to vary, and you may be delayed at the ports due to the consolidation and deconsolidation of other importers’ goods. If you’re shipping smaller loads from China to the UAE, contact us to get a space booking.
FCL (Full Container Load) shipping
In this type of sea shipping, the importer books an entire container for use and is charged at a flat rate. With FCL shipping, you won’t have to share container space with other importers, and you’ll be charged a fixed rate regardless of the amount of cargo you’re shipping.
FCL can sometimes be cheaper than LCL shipping, especially when shipping large cargo. Consult with us if you have difficulty picking an appropriate shipping option.
Abu Dhabi Port, Jebel Ali in Dubai, Sharjah, and Ras Al Khaimah are some of the essential ports in the UAE.
Major seaports in UAE and China
Major Seaports in China
Major Seaports in UAE
- Jebel Ali, Dubai
- Mina Rashid, Dubai
- Khalifa, Abu Dhabi
- Mina Zayed, Abu Dhabi
- Mina Khalid, Sharjah
1.2. Air freight
Air freight involves the transportation of cargo through air freight carriers or airlines. It is a safe and very fast means of shipping, although it is expensive. Importers shipping from China to the UAE rely on air freight to ship urgently needed goods or high-value products like phones and electronics.
Air freight is a perfectly viable means of shipping between China and the UAE because there are well-developed cargo airports to receive freight in both countries. These airports include Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Dubai, and Ras Al Khaimah.
When shipping through air freight, the volumetric and gross weight of your goods are calculated. Then you’ll be charged either by gross weight or volumetric weight. Check out our article on chargeable weight to better understand this.
You should also know that not all products can be directly shipped using air freight, especially explosives or lithium batteries. Discuss with us before shipping so we can walk through the specific regulations for your type of goods.
Major Airports in UAE and China
Major Airports in China
- Guangzhou Baiyun Airport
- Shenzhen Baoan Airport
- Chengdu Shuangliu Airport
- Chongqing Jiangbei Airport
- Beijing Capital Airport
- Kunming Changshui Airport
- Shanghai Hongqiao Airport
- Xi’an Xianyang Airport
Major Airports in UAE
- Dubai Airport.
- Sharjah Airport.
- Abu Dhabi Airport.
- Al Ain Airport.
- Ras Al Khaimah Airport.
- Al Maktoum International Airport.
1.3. Express freight
Express freight also involves airlines, however, it is done specifically with the use of air couriers. Some of the biggest couriers that ship from China to the UAE are DHL, UPS, TNT, and FedEx.
When using Express shipping from China, clearance procedures are handled by the Express courier clearance team, which makes it the fastest, and most expensive mode of shipping from China to the UAE. Still, many importers choose to import product samples and other smaller goods from China. If you’re shipping goods larger than 100kg, then it’s better to explore other fast shipping options like air freight.
The good news is we can get you much cheaper deals with courier services when shipping from China to UAE. This is because Winsky freight has special contracts with the major courier companies, hence we offer discounted deals to our customers, helping to save costs.
1.4. DDP Shipping
This is Completely the most Convenient shipping option for the new importer from China to UAE, as the whole process is done by a China freight forwarder, you only need to receive the goods at your doorstep.
DDP Air Freight
Winsky offers special door-to-door air freight deals where your cargo is delivered right to your destination. This is especially good for importers who don’t have the necessary UAE import licenses or importers who want completely stress-free shipping. We’ll sort out the customs clearances and ensure your goods are delivered within 7-10 days. Flight transit only takes 2 days, but the other procedures take time, like airplane booking, export and import customs clearance, dismantling, and last-mile delivery.
DDP Sea freight
Our DDP sea freight option is one of the cheapest shipping offers you can get from China to the UAE because we handle every aspect of the shipping for you at an affordable price. After shipping through LCL, we ensure your products are timely cleared at the ports and we transport them directly to your location in the UAE. DDP sea freight to UAE takes about 25-30 work days to deliver goods to your door. Boat transit only takes about 20-25 days, but the other procedures take time, like container loading, unloading, export and import customs clearance, deconsolidation, and last-mile delivery.
2. What’s the Shipping cost from China to UAE?
International shipping is a hectic job. It’s not easy to determine the shipping costs without knowing certain factors such as shipping method, type of products, shipping season, expected delivery time, etc. Therefore, it is better to ask for quotes from several reputed freight forwarders and compare their prices.
One important note. If the price is too low (or below the average market rate), there is a high chance that they have some hidden fees. So, be careful before you dive for a quote. Factors that affect the shipping costs are
- the Shipping method.
- The volume of your goods.
- Type of your goods.
- Transit time.
- Prohibited Items.
- Distance between two ports.
- Shipping season.
2.1. Express Freight Rates.
There is no fixed rate for Express shipping as it changed by cargo type, weight and volumes, rates usually vary between $7- $15 per kg of goods. Below is the Express freight dated on 8-May, 2023 for you information. Please ask us for a definitive quote before shipping.
Express freight per KG Door to Door
|Carrier||Weight||Price (USD)||Weight||Price (USD)||Weight||Price (USD)|
2.2. Air Freight Rates.
Air freight rates are very prone to fluctuation because they are also affected by fuel price changes. One remarkable detail to note about air freight is that it has no fixed scale i.e. it does not have a flat shipping rate. The bulkier your goods are, the lesser the weight you’ll pay per kilogram.
Below is the lastest quote dated on 5-May, 2023 for you information, It is better to contact a freight forwarder to provide you with a exact quotation when your shipment is ready.
|Port to port||45Kg+||100Kg+||300 Kg+||500 Kg +||1000 Kg +|
|Chongqing to Abu Dhabi||3.6||3.5||3.2||3.1||3|
|Hongkong to Abu Dhabi||3.1||3||2.9||2.8||2.8|
|Dongguan to Abu Dhabi||3.5||3.4||3.2||3||3|
|Chengdu to Abu Dhabi||3||2.6||2.4||2.2||2|
|Hangzhou to Abu Dhabi||4||3.8||3.7||3.1||2.9|
|Beijing to Abu Dhabi||3.5||3.3||3.2||3.0||3.0|
|Shanghai to Abu Dhabi||3.6||3.5||3.4||3.2||3.2|
|Guangzhou to Abu Dhabi||4.2||4||3.9||3.7||3.5|
|Shenzhen to Abu Dhabi||3.8||3.5||3.4||3.1||3|
|Chongqing to Dubai||3.2||2.9||2.7||2.4||2.0|
|Hong Kong to Dubai||3.4||3.2||2.9||2.8||2.8|
|Yiwu to Dubai||3.4||3.6||3.4||3.1||2.9|
|Dongguan to Dubai||3.9||3.7||3.5||3.2||3|
|Chengdu to Dubai||4.1||4.0||3.8||3.7||3.5|
|Wuhan to Dubai||4||3.8||3.7||3.1||2.9|
|Hangzhou to Dubai||3.5||3.4||3.2||3.1||3|
|Beijing to Dubai||3.4||3||2.9||2.8||2.5|
|Shanghai to Dubai||3.6||3.4||3.2||3.1||2.9|
|Guangzhou to Dubai||3.4||3.2||3||2.9||2.9|
|Shenzhen to Dubai||3.5||3.4||3.2||3.0||3.0|
2.3. Ocean Freight Rates
Determining ocean freight rates is more challenging than air freight rates. Distance between two ports is a big deciding factor for sea freight from China to UAE. Besides, FCL and LCL shipping rates are not the same.
LCL shipping rate fluctuates very much. The rate is based on 1 CBM, which is equivalent to 500Kg. The shipping rate for 1 CBM ranges from USD 25 to USD 140, depending on the distance between two ports and the type of your goods, pls note that sea freight cost is not your final import cost, you need to take the destination port fee, import customs clearance, and duty into consideration too.
Below is the Port to Port LCL shipping from China to UAE dated 7-May, 2023 for you information. Winsky offers the best competitive LCL rates for shipping from China to UAE. Pls feel free to ask for a quote from us.
|Original Port||Destination Port||LCL cost/cbm ($)||20’ container cost($)||40’ container cost ($)|
|Shanghai||Dubai||30 – 50||1200||1400|
|Shenzhen||Dubai||40 – 60||1650||1850|
|Ningbo||Dubai||30 – 50||1200||1300|
|Shanghai||Abu Dhabi||50 – 80||1200||1400|
|Shanghai||Sharjah||50 – 80||1200||1500|
3. What is the Shipping time from China to UAE?
As a rule, shipping methods that involve air travel like express or air freight are much faster than sea freight. Also, your goods will be subjected to clearance checks at the port, which may increase delays. Apart from the shipping method used, your shipping time will also depend on the shipping carrier used and the distance between the two ports, below is the estimate shipping time for your information:
3.1. Sea freight shipping time
Sea shipping transit time depends only on the distance between the ports. LCL shipping mostly takes longer than FCL due to delays with sorting out importers’ goods.
|Port of Origin||Dubai||Sharjah||Abu Dhabi|
|Port of Shanghai||28||28||28|
|Port of Wuhan||29||29||30|
|Port of Chiwan||23||24||24|
|Port of Zhongshan||27||27||27|
|Port of Shenzhen||25||25||26|
|Port of Qingdao||30||30||29|
|Port of Xiamen||25||26||26|
|Port of Guangzhou||24||24||25|
3.2. Air freight transit time
Air freight shipping time depended on Air carrier flight schedule, goods loading & unloading, custom clearance, However, your goods should still arrive within a few days.
|Starting Airport||Dubai||Abu Dhabi||Sharjah|
|Yiwu||1 to 4 Days||1 to 4 Days||1 to 4 Days|
|Shenzhen||1 to 3 Days||1 to 3 Days||1 to 3 Days|
|Beijing||1 to 4 Days||1 to 4 Days||1 to 4 Days|
|Guangzhou||1 to 2 Days||1 to 2 Days||1 to 2 Days|
|Shanghai||1 to 3 Days||1 to 3 Days||1 to 3 Days|
3.3. Express freight transit time
Express freight like DHL, UPS and FedEx remains the fastest shipping method. It takes about 2-5 work days to arrive including goods pick up from China factory, import custom clearance and deliver to your doorsteps.
Lastly, we recommend you to add some additional days for moving your goods. We suggest adding 2-3 additional days for air shipping and 7 to 10 days for sea shipping. As there are some potential factors like port congestion, custom clearance delay might affect international shipping time.
4. Import Customs Clearance from China to UAE
The UAE has specific import customs clearance procedures every importer should watch out for when shipping from China into the UAE. This is to ensure that all required duties and tariffs are paid and goods are released swiftly.
The first step is to get a Customs HS code for your product. This determines the taxes you’ll pay on your goods. Then you calculate the value of your goods’ by finding the CIF (Cost, insurance, and freight) value.
Proceed to get an import license from the UAE’s Ministry of Economy. Then submit a declaration form containing important information about your goods like the value, HS code, country of origin, and type of good.
When your goods arrive, submit all required clearance documents like the certificate of origin and bill of lading, and pay the customs duty and VAT charges. The customs duty paid depends on the value of your shipment and its HS codes.
4.1. Customs Duties and Taxes.
Many customers ask questions about customs duties and taxes in the UAE. Customs duties and taxes are confusing for some importers. The first confusing point is the duties and charges are not the same for all products. There are different charges for various products.
It’s tough to provide information about all products’ duties and charges in this article, but we can give you a general idea. You can visit their official website, or you can ask a customs broker or a freight forwarder for detailed duties and charges for the goods you will import.
If you import goods worth less than Dhs 1000, you don’t have to pay any duty or tax. In addition, gifts worth under Dhs 3000 are also free of duty and tax.
But if you import commercial products for business purposes, you must pay at least 5% customs duty. One thing to note, customs duty and charges are applied to the product price and shipping costs. So, you have to add the shipment costs with your product’s cost when calculating customs duties and tax.
The duties and taxes range from 5% to 100% according to the type of goods. For example, you have to pay a 50% charge for alcohol items.
You will find answers to basic import-related information on this page of the Federal Authority For Identity Citizenship, Customs, and Port security.
4.2. Main Customs Office Locations in UAE
The UAE has several customs offices to help you out while importing goods from China. Here is the list of UAE customs offices:
- Abu Dhabi Airport
- Abu Dhabi Post
- Mussafah Port
- Dubai Airport
- Cargo Village
- Zayed Port
- Al Maktoum Airport
- Jebel Ali Cargo Village
- Dubai Airport FZ
- Ajman Port and
- Jebel Ali Port
- Rashid Port
- Fujairah Airport
- Hamriya Port – Dubai
- Deba Al Fujairah Port
- Airport Cargo
- Port Khalid
- Creek Center – Ajman
- SAIF Zone
- Al Jazeera Port
- Saqr Port
- Khorfakkan Customs
WInsky freight offers customs clearance support for DDP shipping. Also, we assist our customers from UAE to clear their goods from the customs department quickly and without any hassle.
5. Necessary Documents to Ship to UAE
You can not ship to the UAE without proper documentation. You will need a document from the carriers, your supplier, etc.
- Bill of Lading/ Airway Bill (Depends on the shipping method)
- Packing List
- Commercial Invoice
- Certificate of Origin
- Letter of Credit (It depends on the payment term between you and your supplier)
6. Door to door shipping from China to UAE.
Door to door is a shipping process where the freight forwarder does all the job – from picking up goods in China to delivering that to the UAE. Who can use it? Well, anyone can use door to door shipping. It is a convenient shipping process.
Sometimes some importers don’t have official permission to import to the UAE. In that case, it is a good option for you. Other shippers who have permission also can use door to door shipping.
In door to door shipping, a freight forwarder does the followings:
- Pick up your goods from the supplier.
- Prepare inland transportation.
- Clears port charges and bills in Chinese ports
- Arrange transportation.
- Clears from the customs department in UAE.
- Prepare inland transportation in the UAE.
You will just receive the goods and unload your goods from the truck. That’s it, and your shipment is at your disposal without any hassle.
You can use air or sea any shipping method for door to door shipping.
7. Door to door shipping costs from China to UAE
Many importers think door to door shipping is expensive. But that is not the case all the time. In some cases, it is quite the opposite. Let’s clear the idea with a real-life example.
Suppose you are shipping fabric from China to Dubai, UAE. The charge for 100 Kg of fabric will come around USD 3 to USD 4 for each kg with air freight. And this cost includes customs and delivery charges in the UAE.
If you arrange everything separately, that can cost you more. You have to pay a different agency for different services, increasing the cost.
Winsky freight offers the best DDP shipping service, and you get the best competitive rate. Our DDP service is famous around the world. Many importers in the UAE use our door to door service for cost-effective and fast delivery.
You can take our door to door service for shipping to
- Shenzhen to Dubai
- Guangzhou to Dubai
- Yiwu to Dubai
- shanghai to Dubai
If you need the door to door service in another region, you can tell us, and we will arrange that for you.
8.What is the Cheapest shipping from China to UAE?
Generally, you’ll find that the cheapest way to ship goods per kilogram is sea freight. However, the size of the goods you’re shipping is a big factor to be considered.
For example, an importer shipping goods weighing 150kg may find that it’s more cost-effective to use air freight than LCL shipping. This is because the total cost of sea freight including operation fee and destination port fee is higher than air freight, which makes it overall more expensive than air freight.
As a rule, we advise importers to choose air freight for products smaller than 200kg. We’re always available to provide you with shipping quotes for air or sea freight so you can make better-informed decisions.
9. Prohibited and Restricted Items in UAE
Every country has its own rules and regulations for import and export business. You can’t import anything you want. That’s when prohibited, and restricted items come into play.
Some items you can import to the UAE, but you will need special permission from the approved authority. Those are called “Restricted items.” And there are some items you CAN NOT import to the UAE. The Government of UAE does not provide any permission for those either. Those are called “Prohibited items.”
Here is a list of restricted products in the UAE
- Medicines and drugs
- Domestic animals
- Agricultural products
- Technical equipment
And here is the list of Banned items in the UAE:
- Narcotics and controlled drugs.
- counterfeit currency
- Copyrighted content
- Witchcraft or Black magic items.
- Any art or publications that are against Islamic law.
- Protected animals.
- Certain dog breeds.
- Gambling tools and machines.
If you are not sure about the legibility of the goods you are importing from China to the UAE, ask an expert. You can contact the customs department of UAE before importing.
If you import banned items, you will face some serious consequences. You will be fined and suffer jail time. The same will happen if you import restricted items without proper documentation.
Learn more on Prohibited and Restricted Items in UAE from the below video
10. How to track your shipment while shipping from China to UAE
While shipping from China to the UAE, you must want to track your shipment. If you use express shipping, tracking is very easy. Express shipping companies will give you a tracking number, and you can check the status of your shipment from their website with that number.
Some freight forwarders also offer a live tracking system. But we recommend you to contact your freight forwarders customer service to know the exact status of your goods.
Therefore, you should pick a freight forwarder that provides 24/7/365 customer support without any break. Also, they should have a live chat and phone calling service to support their customers.
11. How to Reduce Shipping Costs?
Every business wants to reduce its costs to increase its revenue. Reducing shipping costs can do that as well. But it is not that easy. It’s a process, and you have to take care of every aspect of that process. Here is how you can reduce your shipping costs to UAE:
- Use a professional team to pack your goods. The international shipping charge depends on the space you occupy. So, use expert hands to pack your goods, which will significantly reduce your shipping costs.
- Take insurance from a third party.
- Select ports with a shorter distance. That will reduce the shipping time as well.
- Ask for a quotation from several freight forwarders and pick one with a solid background and cheap rates.
- Select your freight forwarder wisely.
- Look for freight forwarders who give additional offers.
- Try to maintain a long-term relationship with a freight forwarder. They often give special discounts to regular clients.
12. Why is Winsky the best freight forwarder for the UAE?
When you are looking for a freight forwarder, there are certain things you should consider. The first thing is the experience. Winsky freight has been in the shipping industry for over a decade. And we have been operating in the UAE market since we started our journey.
We have a separate team to look after our clients from the UAE. The team is specialized for the UAE market. Therefore, we can guarantee a smooth and safe shipping experience.
Another important thing is the cost. We have contracts with all large carriers and express shipping companies. Therefore, we can give our UAE clients a better rate than any other company in China.
All of your goods are handled by expert hands. We also have a dedicated customs department working in the UAE. Our customs department always updates themselves according to UAE customs policies.
Whether it’s LCL shipping or door to door, Winsky freight always gives UAE clients the best shipping experience.
Shipping from China to the UAE is a challenging task, but not if you know how to do that. That’s why we shared our experience in this article to help you know the basics. If you want to know more or have any shipping to make, you can send us a message at any time. One of our UAE shipping experts will contact you soon.