Product Conformity Programme for exports to Saudi Arabia
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has implemented a Product Conformity Programme for exports to the country. All products require a Certificate of Conformity (CoC) also referred to as a SASO CoC to enable customs clearance.
The Saudi Arabia Product Conformity Programme, which covers all goods, has a number of key objectives:
- Protection of public health
- Consumer safety
- National security
- Protection of religious and public morals
- Protection of environment
- Prevention of deceptive practices
Every consignment of imported goods must be accompanied by a CoC from an authorised inspection agency. They are needed to ensure customs clearance of shipments and confirm that the products comply with the relevant Saudi technical regulations and national, regional or international standards.
All imported consignments must bear a non-removable indication of origin. Those that do not will be held by Saudi Customs and the importer will be asked to take corrective action or provide an undertaking that the offence will not be repeated. Failure to do so could result in a fine or goods being returned to their country of origin. For full details, read the complete Circular by Saudi Customs on Country of Origin Marking here.
Exporting New Vehicles to Saudi Arabia?
Saudi Customs have recently confirmed that they will be reinforcing the requirement for the CoC as per the MoCI decree 6386 for clearing shipments of New Vehicles.
Exporters who have been previously issuing self CoC to clear their shipments will no longer be able to do so. Vehicles not covered by a CoC will be held for further inspection and the exporter held liable for the additional costs of inspection and storage of the vehicle and face significant delays in clearance.
Exporting Electric Motors and/or Terrain Vehicles to Saudi Arabia?
Energy Efficiency Requirements for Electric Motors
SASO has recently issued a circular regarding the Energy Efficiency requirements of specific types of Electric Motors. The enforcement date and details of the circular are as follows:
From July 1, 2015 onwards, certain types of Electric Motors exported to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia must have a minimum Energy Efficiency class of “IE2”. From January 1, 2017 onwards, such Electric Motors must have a minimum Energy Efficiency class of “IE3”.
Regulation for export of All Terrain Vehicles to Saudi Arabia
SASO recently issued and enforced a new regulation with regards to the issuance of CoCs for shipments of All Terrain Vehicles imported to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It mandates that CoCs issued for such products shall be in accordance with the recently adopted SASO EN 15997:2014 to ensure the safety of the product.
Exporting Cosmetics and Perfumes to Saudi Arabia?
CoCs are now required for customs clearance.
For marking and labelling advice, click here.
Exporting Sanitaryware to Saudi Arabia?
New Technical Regulations for Ceramic Sanitary Appliances (Western Water Closets)
A new regulation effective from May 20th, 2015 has been issued by SASO for Western Water Closets imported to, or manufactured in, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This regulation stipulates that the required water consumption of western water closets shall have an average total flush volume not exceeding the values indicated below.
a) 3.0 litre per flush for floor-mounted western water closets pans type; and
b) 4.0 litre per flush for wall-hung western water closets pans type.
New Requirements for Plugs and Sockets for Exports to Saudi Arabia
SASO's Board of Directors held the meeting No. (156) on 21st of June 2016. Some resolutions issued by the Board were as follows:
Adoption of postponing the application of the mandatory Saudi standard No. (SASO 2203: 2015): PLUGS AND SOCKET-OUTLETS FOR HOUSEHOLD AND SIMILAR PURPOSES-SAFETY REQUIREMENTS AND TEST METHODS 250 V/13 A, and applying the mandatory Saudi standard No. (SASO 2203) of 2003, until it is updated.
Product Labeling Requirements for Exports to Saudi Arabia
Listed below are the general rules for the marking and labeling of products being exported to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Exporters/Manufacturers are requested to ensure that the products they are exporting to KSA adhere to these marking requirements.
General Marking Requirements on the Product & the Product’s Packaging
All markings pertaining to warnings and safety instructions must be in Arabic or in Arabic and English.
For all other markings which do not pertain to warnings and safety instructions, the following shall apply:
- If the product has an applicable Saudi specific (SASO) standard or SASO adopted standard, then the marking requirements should be as per the SASO standard. For Example: SASO ISO 13006/2016 Clause 8.1- Tiles and/or their packaging are required in a distinct unremovable way to bear the marking in Arabic or in both Arabic and English.
- If the product has no applicable SASO standard, but has an applicable Regional/International Standard (i.e. IEC/ISO/GSO/EN/ASTM, etc.), then the marking requirements should be as per the applicable Regional/International Standard.
- In other cases where the product has no applicable specific standard or the language of the marking is not specified in the product’s applicable standard, then the marking language can be either in Arabic or English.
The instruction manual or pamphlet must be in Arabic language or in both Arabic and English.
Country of Origin Marking
- All Products must be marked with the Country of Origin (CoO) in the format “Made in xxx” or “Manufactured in xxx”. All other format/text for marking the CoO is not acceptable.
- Dual CoO marking such as: “Designed in xxx, Made in yyy“ or “Assembled in xxx, Made in yyy“ or “Engineered in xxx, Made in yyy“ where xxx and yyy denote different countries of origin will not be accepted. It will only be accepted, if the name of the Manufacturer is clearly mentioned in the dual CoO marking text i.e. “Designed by [Insert Manufacturer's Name] in xxx, Made in yyy” and likewise for the other two dual CoO variations.
- The Country of Origin (CoO) marking must be in Arabic or English.
If the product itself is too small in size and there is not enough space to fit the Country of Origin on it, then the Country of Origin can be marked on the product’s immediate packaging
SFDA has published a classification guideline which is currently in the draft stage and is available on their website for public review and comments. Guidelines are available here.
The classification is carried out based upon various aspects of the products including the following:
- Labelling and claims
- Function/intended use
- Product composition/ingredients
Contact SFDA for help if you are unable to determine whether your goods are captured by the regulations.
Exporters of regulated products to Saudi Arabia can contact Chamber International to obtain more information on the programme and also apply for CoCs.
Contact our specialist Lydia Moi on 0845 034 7200 or by email for further details.
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