Shipping from UAE to India

Shipping from UAE to India Documents, Ports, Routes and every information required for shipping from UAE to India

Shipping from UAE to India

Here we are discussing how shipping between India and UAE has evolved in less than half a century. As of the 1970s, the estimated trade value between these two countries was USD 180 million, which has now increased to USD 60 billion, making UAE India’s third largest trade partner.
Even after the world is facing this ongoing pandemic (COVID-19) the relationship between India and UAE has only strengthened.

Ocean and Air Freight

We all are very well aware that this pandemic (COVID-19) has affected most of the trades around the world, and it has impacted our line as well, The ocean and air freight rates have drastically increased in this period,  but the choice of the importer and exporter to choose the way of transportation of the shipment still depends upon below given factors : 

  • Time
  • Cost
  • Cargo Size
  • Cargo Value

Considering all the above details there are still only two methods of transport you have to choose between which are explained below:

Shipment by Sea

There are four types of cargo that can be shipped by sea, which are as followed
– Heavy machinery 

  • liquid chemical 
  • construction equipment 
  • temperature controlled food and medicine

You will have to choose the right type of container which will be according to your cargo type. For instance, If your Cargo is temperature sensitive you may have to choose a Reefer container or if you have a small volume of goods you may go for LCL ( less than Container) type shipment as FCL (Full Container Load) comes at an expensive rate.

Shipping by Air

Below given are the types of cargo which can be shipped by air: 

  • Jewellery
  • Medicine 
  • Small Machinery 
  • Semi-precious stones

Air shipments rate depends upon the weight of cargo, the rates can be calculated with the consideration of the actual weight of cargo or by volumetric weight (to find the volumetric weight of the cargo, you will have to multiply the length, breadth, and height then multiply the product by 167 )
In simple words, whichever Weight is higher, the booking person will consider that one.

Shipping Times

In general, shipping to India from the UAE takes about 30 days, depending on the port of origin and the final destination. Ocean freight is shipped to Kandla Port in Gujarat by ship from Jebel Ali Port in Dubai in eight days. To reach Chennai Port in southern India, the journey can take from 13 to 20 days. 
Air freight reaches its destination faster than other forms of transportation. Alternatively, if both the sender and receiver are located inland or have access to an airport, this is also an appropriate choice. 
A country’s infrastructure can play a big role in how fast and how much it costs to ship. It can take longer, cost more, and be far riskier to deliver goods when a nation lacks highways, poor roads, and mountainous topography.

Here we are providing you few major ports of India as well as of UAE

  • India’s largest container port by cargo volume is the Kandla Port. Imports of crude oil are the primary activity at Kandla Port. 
  • In terms of size, Mumbai Port is the largest in the country. Chemicals, textiles, and petroleum products are handled at the port’s jetties.  
  • Chennai Port: Handles more than 60 million tonnes of cargo and has direct connections with more than 50 ports globally. 
  • In Kolkata, India’s oldest port, there are two separate docks, Kolkata Docks, and Haldia Docks.
  • Kochi Port: This is the first facility in the country for transhipment and the largest port in Kerala that serves the Arabian Sea.


  • A seaport considered to be the largest in the Middle East is Jebel Ali. More than 80 shipping services use Jebel Ali every week. Additionally, it offers connections to more than 150 ports worldwide. 
  • Zayed Port: the main commercial port of Abu Dhabi. It can handle up to ten oceangoing vessels at once, along with general and bulk cargo. 
  • Mina Rashid: Has the largest covered cruise terminal in the world, which is the Hamdan bin Mohammed Cruise Terminal. Mini Rashid mainly handles non-containerized cargo, including breakbulk and roll-off (RoRo) vessels. 
  • Frequently used for general cargo, containers, and break-bulk, the Khalifa Port is a deepwater port. In addition to serving over 25 shipping lines, the port provides connectivity to 70 global destinations. 
  • Located on Sharjah’s Indian Ocean coast, this transhipment port offers easy access to the UAE’s hinterland because of its location. Additionally, it can accommodate more than 1,000 reefer containers.

Container Packing from the UAE to India

Your container packing needs to be optimized as soon as you map your shipping journey so that you do not overpay for a space. With our cargo calculator, loading your cargo and stuffing it is simple. All that is needed is a description of the package, the gross weight, and the dimensions of the shipment. By entering those data, the tool calculates how to pack your cargo in the container based on an algorithm.

Essential Documents

To ensure that your shipping documents are accurate and complete, please contact one of our account managers. The following documents should be kept in mind when shipping cargo to India:   

  • A commercial invoice is a legal document between a buyer and a seller. This document serves as proof of sale and should be submitted for customs clearance.
  • Origin Certificate: Provides information about the product’s origin. In addition to these details, the Certificate includes the destination port of the item(s). The document can be submitted digitally or on paper.
  • Bill of Lading or Airwaybill: Be used as a shipping receipt. A copy of the contract outlines the terms and conditions of shipping cargo. Each signatory must sign the BOL
  • Credit Letter: A letter from a reputable bank guaranteeing that the buyer will honour the sale.
  • The packing list contains information about the products that are being shipped, such as the quantity, weight, and dimensions.

Freight Insurance

You must have cargo insurance when you ship by ocean or air. And also You should have this insurance in case of any loss or damage occurring during the transport process, especially if you’re the primary owner of the goods. You will always have a better chance of recovering from a loss by insuring your cargo. 

If you need assistance finding the right insurance company for you and your cargo, we can help. A manager will be able to tell you the best options today.

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To Know More

  • Routine shipment, home consumption (duties paid)
  • Ex-Bond/In-Bond shipment
  • Shipments of DEPB, EPCG, and DFCEC licenses
  • 100% EOU / STPI / SEZ / TP for ship spares / R&D certification / passbook scheme
  • Import clearance for a project
  • Direct deliver perishables and certain cargo
  • Re-import after repairs / exhibition
  • Clearance of third-country exports
  • Clearance of high seas shipments
  • ATA carnet clearance
  • Second-hand capital goods
  • Free-of-charges shipments
  • Courier clearance
  • Door to door delivery
  • EPR and Other Certification (we follow up the concerned department on the behalf of importer and exporters)
  • Bill of entry (issued by customs only)
  • Commercial Invoice
  • Airway bill or Bill of Lading
  • Certificate of Origin
  • Delivery order from shipper/airline and freight forwarder. 
  • The CHA requires KYC documents for customs clearance. 
  • License for Import (In case of particular goods)
  • Certificate of Insurance (If necessary)
  • Letter of Credit or LC
  • Technical Write-up or Literature (Only required for specific goods)
  • Industrial License (Only required for specific goods)
  • Test Report (If any)
  • RCMC Registration/Membership Certificate (If required)
  • GATT declaration
  • License for duty benefits (As an option the importer may choose): AA(DEEC)/ DFIA/ EPCG/ EOU
  • And other specific documents for your goods are necessary to import customs clear in importing country.

There are certain certificates that you must obtain from the concerned departments regarding the following items:

  • Registration From Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) (For Food/Edible Import Consignments)
  • Animal Quarantine Certificate (A&Q) Required import in india (For animal, animal parts, animal feed, etc. )
  • Plant and Protection Quarantine Certificate/ import permit plus Fumigation treatment Certificate are required for the import of plant material (For seeds, plant and plant thereof)
  • Drug & Cosmetics Act, 1940, No-objection Certificate (NOC) from Assistant Drug Controller(ADC) (is mandatory for the import of drugs/bulk drugs, etc.)
  • BIS, Bureau of Indian Standards BIS is responsible for the harmonious development of the activities of standardization, marking and quality certification of goods and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto
  • EPR, Extended Producer’s Responsibility With EPR India authorization, the manufacturer / importer of electronic and electrical products has been given the responsibility to control E-waste by the products after expiry of their lifetime.
  • WPC, Wireless Planning & Coordination Imports of radio equipment into India, without prior permission from WPC, will be confiscated by Customs at point of entry.
  • LMPC, Legal Metrology & Packaged Commodity Registration  For import of any pre-packed commodities commodity to distribute or sell Then he need to apply for packer / manufacturer registration