Trade Compliance in Saudi Arabia

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International Conventions
Member of World Trade Organisation
Party to the Kyoto Protocol
Party to the Washington Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora
Party to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal
Party to the Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer
Main International Economic Cooperation
Member of the Arab League.

Member of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf . The country is also part of the Greater Arab Free Trade Area (GAFTA), a pact of the Arab League entered into force in January 2005 which aims to form an Arabic free trade area.

Party of the ATA Convention on Temporary Admissions and Use of the Carnets

As a Reminder, the ATA is a System Allowing the Free Movement of Goods Across Frontiers and Their Temporary Admission Into a Customs Territory With Relief From Duties and Taxes. The Goods Are Covered By a Single Document Known as the ATA Carnet That is Secured By an International Guarantee System.
Look Up the Other Member Countries And Read the Web Pages of the World Customs Organization Devoted to the ATA Carnet.
Party of the TIR Convention

As a Reminder, the TIR Convention and its Transit Regime Contribute to the Facilitation of International Transport, Especially International Road Transport, Not Only in Europe and the Middle East, But Also in Other Parts of the World, Such as Africa and Latin America.
The UNCTAD Website Allows You to Read the TIR Convention, See the List of Member Countries And to Find Further Information.
Accompanying Documents For Imports

- Certificate of origin

- Commercial invoice (in triplicate) which must state the country of origin, name of the carrier, brand and number of goods, and description of the goods including weight and value

- A clean bill of lading or airway bill

- Documents indicating compliance with health regulations, if applicable

- Insurance documents if shipments are sent CIF; and Packing list.

Free Zones
For Further Information
Saudi Arabia Department of Customs
Ministry of Commerce & Industry
Non Tariff Barriers

Only Saudi Arabian companies, 100% owned by Saudi Arabian are authorized to import. Importers should obtain a licence from the Department of Trade and Industry and consult the appropriate Ministry according to the nature of the goods to be imported.

The documentary regulation, required for the expedition of goods in Saudi Arabia is very strict: commercial invoice, certificate of origin, B/L (or airway bill), certificate of assurance (if CIF sale), SASO compliance certificate when applicable. These documents should be stamped by the following organizations: Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the exporter country, "bilateral" Chamber of Commerce, Consulate of Saudi Arabia from the exporter country.
For fruits, vegetables and semen, a phytosanitary certificate is required. For meats, a sanitary certificate is required, and should be delivered by the veterinarian services of the exporter country, as well as a slaughter certificate according to the Islamic rites, which is delivered by the Competent Islamic Authority of the exporter country. These documents should be signed either by the "bilateral" Chamber of Commerce or by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Any kind of business with Israel or with companies having commercial links with Israel is prohibited.

Sectors or Products For Which Commercial Disagreements Have Been Registered With the WTO
Assessment of Commercial Policy
Country's commercial policy, as seen by the WTO
Barriers to exchanges, inventoried by the United States
Barriers to exchanges, inventoried by the EU
Sanitary and phytosanitary barriers, inventoried by the EU
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