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Container Shipping Schedule & Transit Times to Dubai

Looking to ship personal belongings, household items, and/or furniture from the UK to Dubai via Container? If you're planning an overseas move and require a container to transport your possessions, request a free quote from us here or keep reading for further details on weekly schedules, customs guidelines and additional information.

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UK to Dubai Container Shipping Schedule

Destination Vessel Name Last Moving Date to Meet Vessel Sailing Date Port to Port Transit Time
Dubai Estelle Maersk 19/05/2024 02/06/2024 21
Maribo Maersk 26/05/2024 09/06/2024 21
Edith Maersk 02/06/2024 16/06/2024 21
Eugen Maersk 09/06/2024 23/06/2024 21

Restricted and Prohibited Items for Shipping to Dubai

Planning a move to Dubai or looking to ship personal belongings to the UAE? It's crucial to familiarize yourself with the country's import regulations to ensure a hassle-free move. At 1st Move International, we ensure that you're well-informed and prepared to meet the customs regulations of your destination country. Here's a short guide on what's allowed, restricted, and prohibited when shipping to Dubai.

Prohibited Items

Dubai and the UAE have strict rules on prohibited items. Importing these may result in severe penalties. Prohibited items include:

  • Controlled/recreational drugs and narcotic substances
  • Pirated content and counterfeit currency
  • Items used in black magic, witchcraft, or sorcery
  • Publications and artwork contradicting Islamic teachings and values
  • Gambling tools and machines
  • Nylon fishing nets
  • Items of Israeli origin or bearing Israeli flags and emblems

Please visit the official UAE Government website for more information.

Restricted Items

Certain goods require necessary permits before they can be imported. These include:

  • Pets and Domestic Animals: Dogs and cats can be imported with a permit from the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE). Make sure you have your pet's vaccination card, health certificate, passport, and microchip details.
  • Agricultural Products: Seeds, tubers, outdoor seedlings, and honeybees require a permit from the MOCCAE.
  • Food: There are limits on the quantity of certain types of food you can bring, including yogurt, oil, vegetables, fruits, and others. Always check the latest regulations to ensure compliance.
  • Medicines and Drugs: Certain medicines may contain substances that are banned in the UAE. Always carry the doctor's prescription and ensure that the quantity justifies normal use during your stay. For bulk quantities, prior permission from the Ministry of Health and Prevention is needed.
  • Vehicles: Customs authorities have specific procedures for importing vehicles.
  • Weapons: Any kind of weapon, ammunition, or related equipment requires permission from the Ministry of Interior.
  • Cash/Money: If you are carrying more than AED 100,000 in cash or the equivalent in other currencies, you must declare it at customs.

Packing and Paperwork

When it comes to packing for your move, hiring a professional company like 1st Move International ensures your belongings are shipped securely and promptly to Dubai. We provide bespoke packing services, adhering to strict requirements for exporting from the UK and importing to the UAE.

As part of our services, we'll assist you in creating an inventory list and completing all necessary paperwork for your items to clear UAE and Dubai customs without any hitches.


Once your inventory list is ready, you'll need to declare all items. This process can be done ahead of time before leaving the UK. Our team is ready to assist you, or you can use the e-clearance service for individuals provided by the UAE government.

With 1st Move International by your side, our team will provide all the support and organisation you need to make your move a success. For more information on removals to Dubai, or to get your free moving quote, get in touch today.

FAQ: Your Questions Answered

It takes an average of 21 days to ship a container from the UK to Dubai.

Our faster shipping means we can get your belongings shipped faster, potentially saving you weeks or even months of waiting when using a typical mover who has fill a container with other customers' goods before shipping. Fast track your move with 1st Move International!

Yes. We have a container tracking tool that you can use to track your container from the United Kingdom to Dubai. When you book with 1st Move International, you will provide you with a unique container number and the name of the vessel that will be shipping your container, allowing you to easily track the progress of your shipment along the way.

Here's a quick breakdown of the information in our shipping schedules:

  • Destination: These are the ports in Dubai that we ship directly to. If your destination is not listed, fear not. We cover the whole of Dubai and can provide a full door-to-door service to any town or city within Dubai.
  • Vessel Name: Every vessel has a unique name which can be used to track from the moment it leaves the United Kingdom.
  • Last Moving Date to Meet Vessel: This is the last available moving date if you want to meet a particular vessel in time for its departure. We update our schedules every month and whatever your move date, there will be a vessel available for you. These dates are simply here for your information and to help with planning.
  • Sailing Date: The date on which the vessel is scheduled to depart.
  • Port to Port Transit Time: The estimated time, in days, it takes for the vessel to travel from the port of origin to the destination port.

To estimate and offset the carbon emissions produced by your container shipment to Dubai, you can use a sea freight emission calculator such as the one provided by Sinay. This tool allows you to calculate the carbon footprint per TEU (Twenty-Foot Equivalent Unit) of any given sea freight shipment.

To estimate the impact of your move, follow these steps:

  1. Visit the CO2 Calculator: Go to the Sinay CO2 calculator here.
  2. Enter Departure/Arrival Details: Input the departure and destination for your shipment/vessel.
  3. Calculate Emissions: The tool will calculate the CO2 emissions per TEU (Twenty-Foot Equivalent Unit).
  4. How to Estimate for a Shared Container: For shared container shipments, use the volume of your packed belongings in cubic metres (m3) to estimate your share. We provide all of our customers with the precise volume of their shipment. Divide the emission figure per TEU given by the calculator by the total volume of a TEU (33.2 m3) and then multiply by the volume of your shipment. This will give you an accurate figure for the share of emissions generated by your move.
  5. How to Estimate for a Full Container: For full container shipments, simply multiply the emission figure per TEU given by the calculator by the number of containers that you are shipping, which in most cases will be 1. If you are using a 40ft container multply this figure by 2 instead.

Once you have your estimated emissions you can explore carbon offsetting options to mitigate your environmental impact. Common methods include participating in tree planting initiatives, investing in renewable energy projects, or purchasing carbon credits.

Still have a question? Let us know! Chat to our team live, give us a call or simply request a quote to learn more.

Trust Us with Your Move to Dubai

At 1st Move International, we have over two decades of experience in the removals industry, offering unrivalled expertise and exceptional services tailored to your needs.

We're proud to offer faster shipping and safer packing and we meticulously handle every item, ensuring your belongings arrive safely at your new home in Dubai. As members of the British International Freight Association (BIFA) and the British Association of Removers (BAR), we adhere to the highest standards of professionalism and care in every move.

Get a free, no-obligation quote for our removal services today.

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