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Freight Forwarding – Shipping to Dubai from the UK

When choosing a freight forwarder to handle your shipping to Dubai, you’ll need to make sure that they are able to offer all the services that you require.  A reputable freight forwarder will be able to offer:

  • All documentation required for shipping to Dubai;
  • Pick up in the UK and delivery to port/airport;
  • Sea or air freight to Dubai;
  • Clearance at customs in Dubai (usually in conjunction with a partner agent based in Dubai);
  • Delivery to door in Dubai.

When shipping to Dubai, it is important that the specific documents required are supplied upon arrival, to ensure the smooth transit of your goods.  As an experienced freight forwarder this is something that Mercator is able to offer; we can arrange to have commercial goods certified.

Another important service to look for in a freight forwarder when shipping to Dubai is that they have a reliable and tested partner agent locally.  Mercator Cargo has these contacts as a founding member of the global network of freight forwarders Marco Polo Line (MPL).  MPL consists of small to medium independent freight forwarders across the globe, all with the same ethos as Mercator: the customer is king.  All members of the network are vetted, so we know, and you know, that your cargo is in good hands.  When arranging your shipment to Dubai, we will ask our partner agent out there to customs clear and deliver your goods to the door in Dubai (if you require these services).

There are weekly sailings from Tilbury and Southampton, transit time via sea is approximately 20 days.  There are daily flights from the UK to Dubai airport, and these take a matter of hours.

To discuss our shipping services to Dubai and to obtain a quote, give our export team a call today – Tel. 02392 756 575. Email:


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Freight Forwarding – Air Freight Shipments to Dubai from the UK

So you’ve got your cargo ready, your buyer lined up in Dubai, and are searching for an air freight carrier.  Get the cargo on the plane and then Bob’s your Uncle.  Unfortunately it isn’t that straight forward.

Exporting goods via air freight to Dubai (or to anywhere in the world for that matter) isn’t a case of just arranging one thing.  To arrange air freight to Dubai you will need to arrange at least these aspects:

–          Delivery of your cargo to a warehouse nearby the departure airport for packaging and handling;
–          Air freight;
–          Documentation (which differs from destination country to country), for Dubai you will require a certified commercial invoice (we can arrange this for you and advise further);
–          Customs clearance at destination;
–          Delivery to door in Dubai.

Fortunately there is a simple way you can just arrange one thing and Bob really is your Uncle.  And that is to appoint a freight forwarder to handle your air freight to Dubai.  Mercator Cargo is a UK based independent freight forwarder and we regularly arrange air freight to Dubai from the UK.

We work with our partner office in Dubai on a regular basis, they are proven to be reliable and full of useful local information.  We have this contact through our founding membership of the global freight forwarding network Marco Polo Line (MPL).

Reasons you may choose air freight over sea freight to Dubai:

–          The shipment is urgent (transit time via sea can be up to 20 days);
–          Your shipment is relatively small and light weight (air freight is calculated by weight and volume);
–          Generally sea freight is the cheapest form of shipping, but if your cargo is particularly light and the current sea freight rates are not in your favour, it might be worth doing a quick comparison between the two freight services (it rarely happens that air freight is cheaper than sea freight, but we have known it to happen).

So if you’ve got an air freight shipment for Dubai, give our export team a call to discuss export protocols and costs – Tel. 02392 756 575. Email:


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Freight Forwarding Exports to Dubai and the United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Mercator Cargo is an experienced freight forwarder, arranging shipments from the UK to Dubai on a regular basis.

There are direct weekly sailings from Southampton and Tilbury for sea freight to Dubai.  Transit times for Dubai via sea freight is approximately 20 days.  For air freight shipments to Dubai, there are daily direct flights to Dubai airport.

Freight shipments for Abu Dhabi and Sharjah via sea freight will tranship at Dubai, adding approximately 7 days to the transit time (taking the total up to about 27 days).  There are regular air freight departures from London Heathrow to Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.

Generally, for exports to Dubai and UAE, commercial invoices are required to be certified. As a freight forwarder, this is something that we can arrange for you as part of our freight forwarding service.

A Certificate of Origin is also required to be issued for exports to Dubai and UAE.  These certificates come in two forms, EU or British Arabic Chamber of Commerce.  We are also able to offer this as part of our freight forwarding service.
So if you’re looking for a freight forwarder to handle your export shipment to Dubai or the UAE, then give us a call – Tel. 02392 756 575. Email:


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