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Old Feb 8th 2017, 5:55 pm
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Hi all!

I have used AngloPacific services to send a few boxes from London, which they collected last week. In the meantime, I have asked my employer to send me the Visa, as it was required by AngloPacific. As I will be starting the 12/02/2017, they sent me an Entry Permit which is valid for 2 months, until I get the Resident Visa.
When I forwarded it to AngloPacific, they told me it is very likely that my boxes will not cross the border because they need "a stamped Visa on your passport", so they will have to store it in London until I get my Visa ready !!
Is this true? Is there anything I can do?

Thanks
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I suspect that this could well be the case. When we moved from Dubai to Oman we had to provide copies of our passport data pages and copies of the visa stamped in our passport to the removal company before they could arrange for shipment of our belongings to Muscat.
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Welcome to the red tape BS of the Middle East!
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When moving to Doha, we were advised that our container would only be processed through customs once i had my residency completed and stamped in my passport. With a bit of persuasion the shipping company sent the container on its way without the paperwork, but luckily the visa was processed just in time.
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My daughter has just moved back from London to Dubai to start her new job here. Not sure which firm she used, but she shipped 8 boxes while she was still in London and the freight company transported them without issue.

The condition is that she has a residence visa at the time when the boxes go through UAE customs (which she now has). I think the boxes are arriving early next week and the freight forwarder has already begun the paperwork.

Hope it helps.
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Originally Posted by TheShed
My daughter has just moved back from London to Dubai to start her new job here. Not sure which firm she used, but she shipped 8 boxes while she was still in London and the freight company transported them without issue.

The condition is that she has a residence visa at the time when the boxes go through UAE customs (which she now has). I think the boxes are arriving early next week and the freight forwarder has already begun the paperwork.

Hope it helps.
I concur with the above two posters, you don't need residency to send them, just show a passport with a valid visa in to collect. When I did it there was no requirement for residency - although that may have changed and mine was a 40' container.

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Default Re: Boxes to be shipped without Visa ?

Originally Posted by hichicham
Hi all!

I have used AngloPacific services to send a few boxes from London, which they collected last week. In the meantime, I have asked my employer to send me the Visa, as it was required by AngloPacific. As I will be starting the 12/02/2017, they sent me an Entry Permit which is valid for 2 months, until I get the Resident Visa.
When I forwarded it to AngloPacific, they told me it is very likely that my boxes will not cross the border because they need "a stamped Visa on your passport", so they will have to store it in London until I get my Visa ready !!
Is this true? Is there anything I can do?

Thanks
Umm, boxes to be shipped where exactly? Might help with getting a useful answer... FWIW, I'm pretty sure I got my belongings cleared in Dubai before I had my residency permit (though it is over a decade ago)
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I shipped all my stuff to Abu Dhabi before I left and without a visa. They just needed a destination address (I gave a hotel address and will update it before it arrives) and a copy of my UK passport.
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Ok thanks all for your reply!! I think I'll give it a go and see how it goes.
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I would be interested to know what companies people have used to ship over say 25kg parcels and/or cases?

I need to send over some additional clothes and wondered if it was best sending these a a boxed parcel with parcelmonkey/dhl etc or using someone like sendmybag.com and putting it in a suitcase?

Any advice based on experience would be appreciated.

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