Start your logistics company in Dubai: Step by Step

start a logistics company in Dubai

Ask 100 people to list the benefits of doing business in Dubai and the same answers will come up without fail.

It is home to an incredibly attractive tax regime of 0% on both corporate and personal income. Its business environment is regularly ranked as one of the most open and supportive in the world. And it benefits from a trading location that is second to none.

In the heart of the Middle East, with impeccable links via road, air, and sea, it is perfectly positioned to trade with Africa, Asia, Europe, and even the USA.

And, as if that weren’t enough, the process of starting a logistics business out here is incredibly straightforward provided you work with a local expert such as Trade License Zone, that is.

So, if you’re looking into logistics, here’s everything you need to consider before you get started.

Benefits of starting a logistics company in Dubai

Aside from the benefits listed above, there are many more reasons to set up a logistics company in this part of the world. Among the most notable are the UAE’s many free zones.

Free zones can be found right across the emirates, all offering customs tax exemption and zero currency restrictions – great news if you wish to import/export and trade with foreign markets. 

Many free zones are also tailored to logistics and trading businesses, offering warehousing and storage facilities on-site. Others offer direct links to transport hubs such as airports and seaports.

Steps to start a logistics business in Dubai

First things first, consult with Trade License Zone. We can help you decide on the setup type and location that is right for you, as well as managing the entire company formation, visa, and bank account opening process.

We’ll start by helping you choose between a mainland or free zone setup. In most cases, for the reasons listed above, a free zone location is the best option for a logistics business.

Next, we’ll help you choose your company name. It is important that you comply with the UAE’s naming criteria.

You cannot include any offensive or blasphemous language, nor any references to Allah or Islam in your company name, and if you wish to include your name in your company name, you must use it in full rather than just your surname or initials. And, of course, you must also check that your chosen name is available to be registered.

You’ll need to outline your business activities at this stage too. Logistics can mean many things, so you must clearly stipulate the kind of operation that you intend to run.

The next step is to make your trade license application. If you’ve decided that the mainland is a better base for your business, you’ll need to make your application directly to the Dubai Department of Economic Development (DED).

Alternatively, if you have decided on a free zone setup, you can make your application directly to your chosen free zone. As free zones are self-regulated, you require additional approvals to trade, making the process faster and more efficient. This is another reason why free zone company setup is often the most straightforward and cost-effective method of starting a business in the UAE.

To work in the UAE, you will also need to apply for your residency and employment visa. Again, the application process differs slightly depending on whether you are starting a mainland or free zone business. However, in both cases, you will need to visit an immigration centre to provide biometric information. The visa application also includes a fitness test, blood test and chest x-ray.

Providing you meet the salary criteria, you can also sponsor others for their UAE visas too, such as your children, partner, or parents.

Finally, you will need a corporate bank account to start trading in the UAE. Bank account opening can be a complicated process for overseas business owners, so once again, it is best to make your application with the help of a local expert.

What documents are required to start a logistics business in Dubai?

When applying to start any business in Dubai, UAE, you will be asked to provide several forms of identification plus other documents relating to your shareholders and your business.

Trade License Zone can work with you to ensure all paperwork is present and correct before submitting your application. This can help to avoid delays and rejection.

Depending on where you set up, required documents may include:

  • Complete application form
  • Passport copies for all shareholders
  • Copy of residency visa
  • Memorandum of Association
  • Articles of Association
  • Bank reference letter
  • Business plan

Start your logistics business in Dubai, UAE, with Trade License Zone

The process of setting up a logistics business in Dubai has been designed with simplicity in mind. That said, it does take some in-depth knowledge of the UAE and its numerous customs and regulations.

That’s why it’s always advisable to acquire the services of a Dubai business setup company who can not only advise on the process, but also seek out the most suitable license and setup type for your business, based on your needs and your budget.

By making use of business setup services, you also gain peace of mind that your license and visa applications are free from errors and omissions – both of which can lead to delays and rejection.

When you work with the experts at Trade License Zone, all you need to provide is some basic documentation and a little information about the nature of your business. Then, sit back and let the experts take care of the rest – managing your license and visa applications, communicating with all relevant departments and authorities, and reporting back when you’re ready to start trading. It really is that simple.