‌Airfreight shipping from China to UAE (Dubai)

Airfreight shipping from China to UAE (Dubai)

A lot of products are being exported by china every day, and 30% of all of these products are destined for the UAE and especially the city of Dubai, which is located in the south of the Persian Gulf.

Relations between both states are based on intense trades, exchanges, and investments. More than 2,000 Chinese enterprises are implanted in UAE. Also, there are around 180,000 Chinese expatriates that are currently living in the UAE. Most of them work in the construction sector, others own shops and restaurants, and numerous investors, businessmen, and merchants have affairs in the country. After Saudi Arabia, the Emirates is the second most important trading partner of China in the Persian Gulf. Former Premier of the PRC (People’s Republic of China), Wen Jiabao, stated that the UAE’s role for China is major in the Middle East, serving as a transit base for Chinese products to the Middle East and Africa.

Handling international shipments is a very difficult job that involves the coordination of shipment and following the rules and regulations, which may differ in both the origin and destination.

These pieces of knowledge mostly come from experience and the ability to be informed about the changes in the industry.

Before shipping the products, you should choose the best shipping method that suits the product that you have in your mind.

Airfreight shipping from China to UAE (Dubai)

The business relationship between China and UAE

Trade relationships between china and UAE were first established in 1984, and this bilateral trade has progressed until this very day.

In 2020 value of the united Arab emirates’ imports from china was estimated at something about 39.3 billion dollars.

UAE’s major products which have been imported from china are textile, clothing, gold, silver, iron, light industrial products, and…

In 2020 value of china’s imports from the United Arab emirates’ was estimated at something about 28.5 billion dollars.

And china’s major products, which have been imported from UAE, are oil, aluminum ingots, chemical fertilizers, platinum, and…

Different kinds of shipping methods

Airfreight shipping from China to UAE (Dubai)

Airfreight shipping from China to UAE (Dubai) is the most recent mode of transport, which has no physical barriers in the case of other modes of transportation, and the best advantage of airfreight is the quickness of this method which is a necessity for most of the time.

One of the advantages of this mode of transportation is the accessibility of a plane versus other means of transportation in carrying both humans and cargo.

Although This kind of transportation is fast but is also very costly therefore making it the most suitable light product with high value.  

Costs of Airfreight shipping from China to UAE (Dubai)

Freight rate mostly depends on the nature of products, how many kilograms it is, how many boxes are they, they have batteries and magnet or not, and if they are from a famous brand it will cost more than no brand products

Air freight rates

You must sort out the chargeable weight of your goods by calculating it with two different methods:

  • Gross weight
  • Dimensional weight

Gross weight

Gross weight is calculated very simply, you just put the goods on the scale, and the number shown there is the gross weight of the goods, which is, in simple words, product weight (net weight) + the packaging.

Dimensional or Volumetric weight

Volumetric weight is calculated based on the size of the shipment or the space it takes; it is calculated with a simple equation which you can check in the picture below.

Airfreight shipping from China to UAE (Dubai)

China and UAE international airports

despite its small territory, UAE and Dubai are owning seven international airports, which are deeply connecting the country to the rest of the world. It isn’t necessary to remind that China possesses more than 50 international airports, among the busiest in the world. A lot of international cargo airlines are bonding China and the UAE with direct flights.

Emirates SkyCargo, the Al Maktoum International Airport-based company, is providing daily flights to the Chinese cities of Dalian, Guangzhou, and Shanghai. Etihad Cargo is also linking the two countries greatly. On the other side, China Southern Airlines have cargo codeshare agreements with Etihad Airways. Other foreign international cargo airlines have weekly flights between the two countries also.
This is one of the reasons we consider Airfreight shipping from China to UAE (Dubai) as one of the most popular shipping methods among UAE Importers.

Airfreight shipping from China to UAE (Dubai)

Main Airports used for Airfreight shipping from China to UAE (Dubai)

China airports

  • Beijing Capital International Airport
  • Shanghai Pudong International Airport
  • Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport
  • Hong Kong International Airport
  • Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport
  • Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport
  • Xian Xianyang International Airport
  • Kunming Changshui International Airport
  • Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport/ Yiwu (YIW) Airport.

UAE main airports

  • Dubai International Airport (DXB)
  • Sharjah Airport (SHJ)
  • Abu Dhabi International Airport 
  • Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC), (AUH)

Airfreight transit time

FROM/TO Dubai Sharjah Ras al Khaimah Abu Dhabi
Shenzhen 1-3 days 1-3 days 1-3 days 1-3 days
Guangzhou 1-2 days 1-2 days 1-2 days 1-2 days
Hong kong 1-2 days 1-2 days 1-2 days 1-2 days
Shanghai 1-3 days 1-3 days 1-3 days 1-3 days
Yiwu 1-4 days 1-4 days 1-4 days 1-4 days
Beijing 1-4 days 1-4 days 1-4 days 1-4 days



Airfreight shipping from China to UAE (Dubai)

The Certificate of Origin (CO)

It is one of the most essential documents in international trade and customs clearance. Like it says in the name, it is testifying that the products shipped were entire, obtained, or produced in a particular country and area. Most of the time, it must be provided by a notary public or a government.

The Delivery Order (DO)

A delivery order (DO) is a document issued by the owner or the freight forwarder of the goods to the carrier. This written document allows the carrier to begin the freight of the cargo with the aim of delivering it to the owner or client.

The Bill of Lading (BL) or Airway Bill

An important document in importing goods. the BL testifies to the details of the cargo, the payment from the freight forwarder or the importer to the carrier, and the release of the Letter of Credit (LC). As you can guess, the Airway Bill is inherent to air freight, while the Bill of Lading is attached to ocean freight.

Original Invoice

This document is necessary for customs to check if the goods you’re importing are concordant with your declaration.


The manifest acts like a passport of the shipments; it witnesses the origin of the products, their legality to transit, and they aren’t owned by people with bad intentions.

Packing List

This packing list must indicate the HS code of the products you’re importing. If the items are hazardous or chemical products, the MSDS document and the international code of the goods are also required.


Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is a political and economic alliance of six Middle Eastern countries—Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, and Oman.

Duties and taxes in UAE (Dubai)

The United Arab Emirates, like all the member countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), is using the Harmonized System (HS) of tariff nomenclature to identify goods. It is a standardized system of numbers and words used worldwide. All the traded goods are designated by an HS code.

Now that you know which HS code corresponds to your goods, you can find what duties and taxes you are liable to pay by downloading the Unified Customs Tariffe for the GCC 

States, on the official website of the Federal Customs Authority of the UAE.

Airfreight shipping from China to UAE (Dubai)

Customs process

The customs broker, the freight forwarder, or the importer must electronically complete the import/customs declaration. All other documents needed to be attached must be provided with the customs declaration to the customs office.

Customs will calculate the duties and taxes that are applied to your goods, with the Common Customs Tariff as a base document. They will also declare a tariff exemption on your goods if decided under the GCC Common Customs Law, a GCC Economic Agreement, or any other FTA bonding the GCC to another party, where appropriate. Customs can begin an inspection or examination of the goods if there is a risk involved or under any other purpose. The import declaration will be digitally printed at the corresponding customs office.

The release order will be issued, and the products will be manumitted.

Prohibited & restricted items

Some of those items are restricted or even totally prohibited; it is important to anticipate such shipments to avoid any problems in Airfreight shipping from China to UAE (Dubai).

  • Biohazard
  • Drug Contraband
  • Explosives
  • Chemicals
  • Corrosive
  • Counterfeit/
  • Ivory
  • Batteries
  • Flammable
  • Firearms
  • Drugs
  • Counterfeit Notes
  • Poison
  • Pornography
  • Knife
  • Tobacco
  • Gambling
  • Hazardous

Airfreight shipping from China to UAE (Dubai)

Tariff rate in UAE

the average tariff rates are 5% on every type of goods, which is among the lowest tariff barriers in the world.

Why choose ERA freight as your forwarder?

ERA freight offers easy, reliable, and affordable service to all those importers who wish to send their shipment by Airfreight shipping from China to UAE (Dubai); we offer 24/7 customer support and offer you the best DDP service to make importing for you easier than ever. Door-to-Door (DDP) Shipping service, which is used both for Sea and Airfreight shipping from China to UAE (Dubai), takes care of all the steps throughout the shipping process, customs, duty, tax, pick up, and delivery fees, all included in one, which makes importing goods, easy and trouble-free and to the utmost surprise even more cost-effective.

Airfreight shipping from China to UAE (Dubai)

for more information about Door-to-Door (DDP) service, click here.


Airfreight shipping from China to UAE (Dubai) can be one of the best methods of import for those who are in hurry to receive their goods or need to restock quickly; it’s faster and safer but more expensive, so you need to know what your needs are and chooses whether this method is for you or not.

If you have more questions, feel free to contact our support service, they’re available 24/7 and will guide you through all the steps.


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