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  • FedEx Service Availability
  • Country Information
  • Trade Group Member
  • General Import Clearance Information
  • Saudi Arabia Import Prohibitions
  • General Import Restrictions
  • Saudi Arabia Import Restrictions
  • Special Import Provisions
    • Personal Effects
    • Samples
    • Gifts
  • Standards
  • General Export Clearance Information
  • Saudi Arabia Export Prohibitions
  • General Export Restrictions
  • Saudi Arabia Export Restrictions
  • Regulatory Contact Information

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Country Information

Capital: Riyadh
Population: 26,136,977 est.
Language: Arabic (English is widely spoken)
Weights and Measures: Kilograms
Currency: Saudi Riyal (SAR)
Time Zone GMT + 0300

 

 

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Trade Group Member

Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC)

The Unified Economic Agreement amongst GCC Members provides for the exemption of customs duties for products from any GCC member state as long as 51% of the factory equity is owned by a GCC national. The GCC is not a full-fledged customs union, yet.

Arab League

Saudi Arabia is a member of the Arab League and is a signatory to the Agreement to Facilitate Trade and Exchange and to Organize Transit between the Arab League States. The purpose of this agreement is to grant special trade concessions to member states. There are also bilateral agreements amongst individual members. The Arab League States have adopted a unified tariff table that is very similar to the tariff table of the Brussels' CCC customs nomenclature. This is an effort to utilize the CCC's customs technical expertise and keep pace with advancements in the customs' sphere.

International Customs Organization

The Kingdom has joined the ICO's Agreement on Harmonized System Agreement. They have also joined the Agreement on Harmonizing and Simplifying Customs Procedures (KYOTO).

Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)

Members meet to devise oil production outputs, etc.

Multilateral organizations

Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), International Finance Corporation (IFC), International Monetary Fund (IMF), International Maritime Organization (IMO), International Telecommunication Union (ITU), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), World Health Organization (WHO), World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), World Meteorological Organization (WMO), World Trade Organization (WTO) observer, New York Convention on foreign arbitral awards, Universal Copyright Convention, International Brussels Agreement, Interpol,

Environmental agreements

Cites (Convention on International Trade In Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) protects endangered species by import and export permits.

Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal ensures that Antarctica is used for peaceful purposes.

Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer phases out consumption and trade of ozone-depleting substances.

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General Import Clearance Information

Clearance Process

Working with Customs officials throughout the world, FedEx has developed innovative technology to eliminate many paperwork-handling steps and expedite the movement of international shipments. This is the FedEx Expressclear electronic Customs clearance system. Starting at the origin, state-of-the-art technology allows the processing of shipment paperwork and electronic transmission of documents to the designated FedEx hub and destination clearance location. The Expressclear system also keeps a database of regulatory information which includes importers numbers, broker designation, corporate contact names and telephone numbers. At a FedEx hub, international shipments are sorted, scanned and loaded onto an international flight. Vital shipment information is keyed into a worldwide manifest database, which is linked to computer systems operated by brokers and Customs officials in many countries. Even before the plane has taken off, or while it is in the air, Customs agents and brokers at the destination airport of entry can begin examining shipping manifests, querying air waybill data if they need more details, assessing duties and taxes and selecting which shipments they wish to examine. International shipments are scanned at all key points throughout the process and allows for up-to-date status reports including when Customs clearance is obtained. The importation of goods into Saudi Arabia is governed by a myriad of laws and import regulations that would be considered unique by western standards. Importers and exporters wishing to do business there must comply with strict adherence to these laws. It is important to remember that the Saudi rule of law, Shariah, is derived from the Holy Quran and the Muslim faith permeates throughout. Any product deemed contrary to Islamic law is prohibited.

In Saudi Arabia, the Customs department is the government agency responsible for the enforcement of the tariff and Customs rules and regulations. Although, Saudi Arabia is a member of the Customs Coordination Council, customs officers do not have the authority to do investigative work on business premises, nor do they have enforcement powers. These powers are vested with the Ministry of Interior.

Saudi Arabia is working toward accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO). However, there are still inconsistencies which go against WTO accepted trade procedures. The United States government is working with the Saudi authorities to upgrade customs valuation procedures.

Every shipment to Saudi Arabia carried via Federal Express International Priority Service, regardless of value or commodity, requires an airway bill and a commercial invoice. Additionally, shipments with a value of $13,000 (USD) or more require a Certificate of Origin legalized by the Saudi Arabia Royal Embassy. Additional documents or permits may be required based on the type of commodity. It is port practice for shipments clearing in the city of Jeddah to require a Certificate of Origin for all commercial shipments. Shipments with a value over $2600.00 (USD) are considered commercial shipments.

Shipments containing dangerous goods are not acceptable to Saudi Arabia via Federal Express International Priority Service.

Registration requirements

Importers of commercial shipments are required to provide Saudi Customs with their importer code number that is listed on their trade license that they receive when they register with their local Chamber of Commerce.

Tariff classification

Saudi Arabia has signed the International Customs Organization's Agreement on Harmonized System Agreement. They have also joined the Agreement on Harmonizing and Simplifying Customs Procedures (KYOTO). Therefore, the Saudi tariff nomenclature is consistent with the harmonized system.

Inspection

The Saudi Arabian Standards Organization (SASO) has implemented a program known as the International Conformity Certification Program (ICCP) that applies to 76 regulated products. The purpose of the program is to protect the Saudi Arabian consumer. ICCP is administered worldwide by Intertech Testing Services and the program consists of two related but separate processes: Registration and Inspection.

Regulated products exported to the Kingdom are required to be registered by the manufacturer and must have a Certificate of Conformity issued by Intertech. Failure to provide this certification will result in the rejection of the import entry by Saudi Arabian Customs. The complete details on how this process works can be found at the ICCP website:.

Free Trade Zones

There are no free trade zones in Saudi Arabia.

Temporary Import Bond Shipments

Temporary goods which are imported for promotional use, require an invoice with the value of the goods endorsed by the local Chamber of Commerce, and a certificate of origin. The invoice should clearly state that the goods are being imported for exhibition purposes only and will be re-exported. A refundable deposit of 5% or 20% must be paid to the Saudi Customs. The customs authorities will collect handling charges. ***Please note that Federal Express does not accept Temporary Import Bond (TIB) Shipments on FedEx International Priority (FXIP) service. Please contact your local FedEx customer service representative for alternative shipping services with FedEx which will accept TIB shipments.***

Drawbacks/Return & Repairs

Products imported permanently into Saudi Arabia are subject to payment of Customs Duties. The Saudi Customs regulations do not allow for refund of customs duties unless the importer can prove to the customs department that he is unable to sell the products in the local market. Machinery and the like re-exported for maintenance by the manufacturer are exempted from payment of duties when brought back in the country.

Document Requirements

Every shipment to Saudi Arabia carried via Federal Express International Priority Service regardless of value or commodity requires an airway bill and a commercial invoice. Additionally, shipments with a value of $13,000 (USD) or more require a Certificate of Origin legalized by the Saudi Arabia Royal Embassy. Additional documents or permits may be required based on the type of commodity. It is port practice for shipments clearing in the city of Jeddah to require a Certificate of Origin for all commercial shipments. Shipments with a value over $2600.00 (USD) are considered commercial shipments.

Customs Valuation

For statistical purposes, the valuation of import consignments is based on the Cost-Insurance-Freight (CIF) value. However, all merchandise is appraised by Saudi Customs. Duties are collected on Customs valuation of the merchandise which are often contrary to the declared for actual transaction value. Minimum prices are used as well. These practices are not WTO-consistent. Customs agents rely on their own experiences, contact with manufacturers and local pricing structures when assessing import tariffs. The valuation of export consignments is based on Free On Board (FOB).

Import Duties

Although the majority of goods imported into Saudi Arabia are exempt from import restrictions, many are still subject to customs duty. In general, basic consumer products, including rice and sugar, are duty free. Customs duties of 20% are imposed on selected imported commodities, to provide protection for developing national industries. Import duty on other items is 5% ad valorem on the cost, insurance, freight (CIF) value and is effective immediately.

Antidumping

Dumping occurs when a non-Saudi Arabian firm sells its product in Saudi Arabia for less than it sells it in its own country in order to gain market share or undermine an existing or emerging industry.  Saudi Arabia can apply anti-dumping or countervailing duties to these products. These additional duties are imposed on a temporary basis to counteract the effects of an unfairly low price or an unfair subsidy to the producer. An example of an unfair subsidy would be government grants, capital loans, favorable loan guarantees, export rebates, and tax incentives.  These duties can only be imposed if the imported goods have caused, or are likely to cause, material harm to the Saudi Arabian domestic market.  

There is an 'Agricultural Calendar' scheme which offers protection for Saudi produce at peak harvest. The scheme imposes additional customs tariffs on imported goods at peak Saudi harvest.

Excise Duties

Additional Duties

There are no additional duties for Saudi Arabia.

Import Taxes

There are no import taxes over the basic five percent duty and customs processing fee.

Customs Fees

There is a 20 (SAR) service charge for each dutiable shipment. 

Exchange Controls

Saudi Arabia imposes no foreign exchange controls and no other restrictions on the repatriation of profits or capital by foreign investors, beyond a prohibition against transactions with Israel.

Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT's)

Technical barriers or non-tariff barriers to trade as they are sometimes known, can cause many problems for exporters looking for new markets for their products. These barriers can be in the form of regulations, standards, testing and certification procedures. The World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade tries to ensure that these barriers do not create unnecessary obstacles. To obtain further information on Technical Barriers to Trade as well as Notifications on technical regulations and conformity assessment procedures, go to the WTO website at:http://www.wto.org/english/tratop_e/tbt_e/tbt_e.htm.Saudi Arabia is negotiating acceptance to the World Trade Organization (WTO). WTO membership should bring about a number of bureaucratic and regulatory changes that are currently viewed as restrictions to trade.

Saudi Arabia's pre-shipment inspection program known as the International Conformity Certification Program (ICCP) is controversial and is seen by many as a barrier to free trade. It adds various costs to imports and can cause delays. Shipments valued under $5000.00 (USD) do not require ICCP.

Genetically modified food (GMO) has specific labeling requirements. If a product contains any genetically modified plant ingredients the information is required to be communicated to consumers via the label. GMO imports must also be accompanied by a certificate issued by the producing country stating that the product was approved for consumption in the country of origin.

The government procurement methods give preference to fellow Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members. GCC members enjoy a 10% price preference over non-GCC products.

Consular Fees

All document requirements to Saudi Arabia must be legalized by one of the Embassies or Consulates General of Saudi Arabia. There is a charge per document or page for both originals and copies. Please contact your local Saudi Embassy for additional details and charges.

General Import Clearance Information

A Certificate of Conformity (COC) is required for certain commodities at the origin, regardless of the value and quantity. Genuine samples with limited quantity, items for laboratory testing and temporary import do not require a COC. COC eligibility is identified strictly through the HS Code and is obtained from authorized agents such as Intertek and SGS.

All liquids, chemical and powder shipments require a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) if quantities exceeds 100 ml per shipment.

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Saudi Arabia Import Prohibitions

These are some of the items the Saudi Arabian government prohibits:

  • Dangerous Goods as defined by IATA (Intl. Air Transport Association)
  • Any item contrary to the Royal Family, Saudi Arabian or Muslim beliefs or morality
  • Goods either shipped from or manufactured in Israel are completely banned
  • Alcohol and alcohol related items
  • Items of human concealment such as: masks, artificial pearls, etc.
  • Items used for gambling or games of chance
  • Stuffed animals and pokemon toys
  • Any items which depict or display the female anatomy (other than for strict medical purposes)
  • Electronic Cigarettes
  • Watches which have cameras attached to them
  • Pornography in any form
  • Sex toys and other items related to sex
  • All kinds of religious books (including but not limited to Qur'an, bible, buddhism & etc.)
  • Toys operated by fuel
  • Spice
  • Herbal Tea
  • Herbal Products
  • Synthetic Marijuana (K2)
  • Dry Ice
  • Dates
  • Video Games (containing graphic material)
  • Male Enhancement Supplements (creams, tablets or sprays)
  • Laser Pointers
  • Adult Toys
  • Magic Games
  • Any items that has a hidden camera or anything that can be used as a spying device like (pens, watches and etc.)

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General Import Restrictions

 

The following items are not acceptable for carriage to any international destinations unless otherwise indicated. (Additional restrictions may apply depending on destination. Various regulatory clearances in addition to customs clearance may be required for certain commodities, thereby extending the transit time.)

  1. APO/FPO addresses.
  2. C.O.D. shipments.
  3. Human corpses, human organs or body parts, human and animal embryos, or cremated or disinterred human remains.
  4. Explosives (Class 1.4 explosives are acceptable for carriage to Canada, Germany, France, Japan, United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom. Note: United Arab Emirates only allows Class 1.4 explosives to be shipped hold-for-pickup to the FedEx Express facility in Dubai).
  5. Firearms, weaponry and their parts (acceptable between the U.S. and Puerto Rico).
  6. Perishable foodstuffs and foods and beverages requiring refrigeration or other environmental control.
  7. Live animals including insects, except as provided in the Live Animals section in the FedEx Service Guide. (Call the FedEx Live Animal Desk at 1.800.405.9052).
  8. Plants and plant material, including cut flowers (cut flowers are acceptable from the U.S. to selected points in Canada and from Colombia, Ecuador and the Netherlands to the U.S.).
  9. Lottery tickets and gambling devices where prohibited by law.
  10. Money (coins, cash, currency, paper money and negotiable instruments equivalent to cash such as endorsed stocks, bonds and cash letters).
  11. Pornographic and/or obscene material.
  12. Shipments being processed under:
    1. Duty drawbacks claims unless advance arrangements are made.
    2. Temporary Import Bonds – acceptable under the FedEx International Broker Select option, for initial import only.
    3. U.S. State Department licenses
    4. Carnets
    5. U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration export permit.
    6. Letters of Credit. Shipments subject to Letters of Credit are generally prohibited, with the exception of shipments subject to Letters of Credit calling for a “courier receipt”, as defined by Article 25 of UCP 600, shipped using the FedEx Expanded Service International Air Waybill.
    7. Certificate of Registration shipments (CF4455).

    You may be able to ship these items via FedEx International Controlled Export, FedEx International Premium, FedEx International Express Freight (IXF) or FedEx International Airpot-to-Airport (ATA). For information on FedEx International Controlled Export, call International Customer Service at 1.800.GoFedEx 1.800.463.3339 (say “international services’). For information on the other services listed call FedEx Express Freight Customer Service at 1.800.332.0807.

  13. Hazardous waste, including, but not limited to, used hypodermic needles or syringes or other medial waste.
  14. Shipments that may cause damage to, or delay of, equipment, personnel or other shipments.
  15. Shipments that require us to obtain any special licenses or permit for transportation, importation or exportation.
  16. Shipments or commodities whose carriage, importation or exportation is prohibited by any law, statute or regulation.
  17. Shipments with a declared value for customs in excess of that permitted for a specific destination. (See the Declared Value for Carriage and Limits of Liability section in the FedEx Service Guide).
  18. Dangerous goods except as permitted under the Dangerous Goods section of these terms and conditions.
  19. Processed or unprocessed dead animals, including insects and pets. Taxidermy-finished hunting trophies or completely processed (dried) specimens of whole animals or parts of animals are acceptable for shipment into the U.S.
  20. Packages that are wet, leaking or emit an odor of any kind.
  21. Wildlife products that require U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service export clearance by FedEx prior to exportation from the U.S.
  22. In-bond shipments destined to or being withdrawn from a Foreign Trade Zone or bonded warehouse, unless the FedEx International Broker Select option is selected for U.S. import shipments, or the FedEx International Controlled Export service option is selected for U.S. export shipments.

Not withstanding any other provision of the FedEx Service Guide, we are not liable for delay of, loss of damage to a shipment of any prohibited item. The shipper agrees to indemnity FedEx for any and all costs, fees and expenses FedEx incurs as a result of the shipper’s violation of any local, state or federal laws or regulations or from tendering any prohibited item for shipment.

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Special Import Provisions

Military uniforms or equipment of any kind require the consignee to hold a valid import permit letter from the Ministry of Interior. 

Printed matter such as books, pictures, records, films, tapes, slides, movies, videos, compact discs, diskettes, etc are subject to censorship and confiscation.

Certain radio transmitter/communication equipment as well as telescopic equipment require that the consignee provide an import letter from the Ministry of Interior.

Personal Effects

Non-commercial shipments of less than 10,000 Saudi Riyals imported for personal use do not require shipping documents other than a commercial invoice. Ordinary personal effects, even though new, brought in with passengers for their personal use will be exempt from import duties and additional charges.  Any new effects must be of a reasonable quantity and not intended for sale, exchange, or presentation as gifts. In the event Customs is not convinced, they can collect duties and charges on the extra items. Pilgrims or passengers traveling to the Kingdom should check with the Saudi Consulate in their respective country for specifics on what is exempt and the amounts.

Samples

Commercial samples are subject to duty payment and surcharge either by a deposit that is equal to the duty at the time of import or by a bank guarantee. A refund is made if the goods are re-exported within 12 months. If the samples are sold, neither the deposit nor guarantee will be refunded. You should obtain prior permission from the Director General of Customs before importing samples. A list of the samples, their prices and any relevant catalogues must be provided when seeking permission.  A non-refundable duty of 12% is assessed against imports of sample jewelry and watches.  Authentic shipping documents are required for all shipments of commercial samples.  When re-exported, a refund of the customs duties will be paid within a few days after the re-export of the goods from the same entry port.

Gifts

Shipments declared to be gift shipments with a value of less than $100.00 (USD) are acceptable and will not be assessed duty.  The item(s) should be consistent with something that would be construed by Saudi Customs as a gift.

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Standards

All imported goods should conform to approved Saudi standards. In the absence of local standards, products should conform to International Standards. Many Saudi standards are applicable in other Gulf countries. In November 1995 the Saudi Ministry of Commerce and the Saudi Arabian Standards Organization (SASO) introduced an International Certificate of Conformity Program (ICCP). The programme aims to ensure compliance with set Saudi standards. The first stage of the programme calls for certain categories of regulated products to obtain an ICCP document prior to shipment to Saudi Arabia. Further details, including a list of regulated products are available from the Saudi Arabian Standards Organization. The Saudi Arabian Standards Organization (SASO) has adopted ISO 9000 as the official standards for the Kingdom. SASO acts as the official accreditation body through the Quality Assurance Department. While compliance is voluntary, many government procurements require this standard or its equivalent. Currently, there are more than 1,420 SASO and 976 Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) standards.

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General Export Clearance Information

Clearance Process

Working with Customs officials throughout the world, FedEx has developed innovative technology to eliminate many paperwork-handling steps and expedite the movement of international shipments. This is the FedEx Expressclear electronic Customs clearance system.  Starting at the origin, state-of-the-art technology allows the processing of shipment paperwork and electronic transmission of documents to the designated FedEx hub and destination clearance location. The Expressclear system also keeps a database of regulatory information which includes importers numbers, broker designation, corporate contact names and telephone numbers.  At a FedEx hub, international shipments are sorted, scanned and loaded onto an international flight. Vital shipment information is keyed into a worldwide manifest database, which is linked to computer systems operated by brokers and Customs officials in many countries.  Even before the plane has taken off, or while it is in the air, Customs agents and brokers at the destination airport of entry can begin examining shipping manifests, querying air waybill data if they need more details, assessing duties and taxes and selecting which shipments they wish to examine.  Cleared shipments can be transferred to trucks for immediate delivery.  International shipments are scanned at all key points throughout the process and allows for up-to-date status reports including when Customs clearance is obtained.

Saudi Arabia has very few controls on exports from their country.

There are items that require special approval in order to export them. Some of these include but are not limited to the following:

  • antiques
  • subsidized goods
  • oil, petroleum products and natural gas
  • wheat

Document Requirements

Exporters should have a completed international air waybill, commercial invoice, COO (if required) and any permits or licenses secured before tendering their shipment to Federal Express for transport. Saudi Arabian exporters are required to submit a copy of their commercial registration showing that they have permission to export. A certificate of origin is also required for all Saudi Arabian origin goods. In order to secure a COO please contact the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Commerce as they are responsible for their issuance.

Specific export permits are for commodities subject to export controls. The Saudi Arabian Ministry of Defense is the government office for dual use exports (commercial items that may have military applications). Other departments and agencies have regulatory jurisdiction and issue licenses for controlled substances and precursor chemicals, for endangered fish and wildlife species, for defense services and articles, for arms and munitions, for nuclear material, equipment and technology, for fuels, for drugs and medical devices. Before exporting these items, special licenses must be obtained from customs office to insure that the items are not part of the national heritage of Saudi Arabia. License requirements are dependent upon an item's technical characteristics, the destination, the end-use, end-user and other activities of the end-user. Specific questions pertaining to commodity licensing requirements should be directed to the lead agency. Agency information, telephone number and basic commodities that might require export permits could be identified by accessing the Department and agency web sites listed in the profile.

General Export Clearance Information  

All exports of local products (except those covered by special agreements between the Government and other parties) are exempt from Customs duties and additional charges except storage charges, porterage fees and payments to Customs personnel for work outside regular working hours.

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Saudi Arabia Export Prohibitions

Embargoed Countries Saudi Arabia has been a member state of the United Nations since October 24, 1945, and as such honors any import or export sanctions imposed against designated countries under the United Nations Act of 1946. The Saudi Arabian government prohibits the export of the following commodities:

  • Any item contrary to the Royal Family, Saudi Arabian or Muslim beliefs or morality
  • Goods either shipped from or manufactured in Israel are completely banned
  • Alcohol and alcohol related items
  • Items of human concealment such as: wigs, masks, artificial pearls, etc.
  • Items used for gambling or games of chance.
  • Stuffed animals and pokemon toys
  • Any items which depict or display the female anatomy (other than for strict medical purposes).
  • Watches which have cameras attached to them
  • Pornography in any form

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General Export Restrictions

The following items are not acceptable for carriage to any international destinations unless otherwise indicated. (Additional restrictions may apply depending on destination. Various regulatory clearances in addition to customs clearance may be required for certain commodities, thereby extending the transit time.)

  1. APO/FPO addresses.
  2. C.O.D. shipments.
  3. Human corpses, human organs or body parts, human and animal embryos, or cremated or disinterred human remains.
  4. Explosives (Class 1.4 explosives are acceptable for carriage to Canada, Germany, France, Japan, United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom. Note: United Arab Emirates only allows Class 1.4 explosives to be shipped hold-for-pickup to the FedEx Express facility in Dubai).
  5. Firearms, weaponry and their parts (acceptable between the U.S. and Puerto Rico).
  6. Perishable foodstuffs and foods and beverages requiring refrigeration or other environmental control.
  7. Live animals including insects, except as provided in the Live Animals section in the FedEx Service Guide. (Call the FedEx Live Animal Desk at 1.800.405.9052).
  8. Plants and plant material, including cut flowers (cut flowers are acceptable from the U.S. to selected points in Canada and from Colombia, Ecuador and the Netherlands to the U.S.).
  9. Lottery tickets and gambling devices where prohibited by law.
  10. Money (coins, cash, currency, paper money and negotiable instruments equivalent to cash such as endorsed stocks, bonds and cash letters).
  11. Pornographic and/or obscene material.
  12. Shipments being processed under:
    1. Duty drawbacks claims unless advance arrangements are made.
    2. Temporary Import Bonds – acceptable under the FedEx International Broker Select option, for initial import only.
    3. U.S. State Department licenses
    4. Carnets
    5. U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration export permit.
    6. Letters of Credit. Shipments subject to Letters of Credit are generally prohibited, with the exception of shipments subject to Letters of Credit calling for a “courier receipt”, as defined by Article 25 of UCP 600, shipped using the FedEx Expanded Service International Air Waybill.
    7. Certificate of Registration shipments (CF4455).

    You may be able to ship these items via FedEx International Controlled Export, FedEx International Premium, FedEx International Express Freight (IXF) or FedEx International Airpot-to-Airport (ATA). For information on FedEx International Controlled Export, call International Customer Service at 1.800.GoFedEx 1.800.463.3339 (say “international services’). For information on the other services listed call FedEx Express Freight Customer Service at 1.800.332.0807.

  13. Hazardous waste, including, but not limited to, used hypodermic needles or syringes or other medial waste.
  14. Shipments that may cause damage to, or delay of, equipment, personnel or other shipments.
  15. Shipments that require us to obtain any special licenses or permit for transportation, importation or exportation.
  16. Shipments or commodities whose carriage, importation or exportation is prohibited by any law, statute or regulation.
  17. Shipments with a declared value for customs in excess of that permitted for a specific destination. (See the Declared Value for Carriage and Limits of Liability section in the FedEx Service Guide).
  18. Dangerous goods except as permitted under the Dangerous Goods section of these terms and conditions.
  19. Processed or unprocessed dead animals, including insects and pets. Taxidermy-finished hunting trophies or completely processed (dried) specimens of whole animals or parts of animals are acceptable for shipment into the U.S.
  20. Packages that are wet, leaking or emit an odor of any kind.
  21. Wildlife products that require U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service export clearance by FedEx prior to exportation from the U.S.
  22. In-bond shipments destined to or being withdrawn from a Foreign Trade Zone or bonded warehouse, unless the FedEx International Broker Select option is selected for U.S. import shipments, or the FedEx International Controlled Export service option is selected for U.S. export shipments.

Not withstanding any other provision of the FedEx Service Guide, we are not liable for delay of, loss of damage to a shipment of any prohibited item. The shipper agrees to indemnity FedEx for any and all costs, fees and expenses FedEx incurs as a result of the shipper’s violation of any local, state or federal laws or regulations or from tendering any prohibited item for shipment.

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Regulatory Contact Information

Branch or Agency Name Areas of Responsibility

Saudi Arabian Customs
Airport Road
Riyadh 11177
Saudi Arabia
Tel: 9661-221-1620 (Riyadh)Â Â
Tel: 9662-685-5466 (Jeddah)

  • Responsible for the enforcement of import and export controls and the collection of duties and taxes

National Commission for Wildlife Conservation and Development
P.O. Box 61681
Riyadh 11575
Saudi Arabia Tel: 9661-441-8700

  • CITESÂ enforcement and development
  • Conservation projects
  • Environmental awareness

Saudi Arabian Ministry of Health
Airport Road
Riyadh 11176
Saudi Arabia
Tele: 9661-401-2220 ext. 1277

  • Medical regulations and standards
  • Regulates imports of medical and pharmaceutical products

Saudi Arabian Ministry of Defense
P.O. Box 887
Airport Road
Jeddah 21165
Saudi Arabia
Tele: 02-640-5000 (main office)

  • All matters related to military goods and services

Saudi Arabian Ministry of Education
Airport Road
Riyadh 11148
Saudi Arabia
Tele: 9661-404-2888 / 404-2952

  • Matters related to antiques

Saudi Arabian Ministry of Agriculture
Airport Road
Riyadh 11195
Saudi Arabia
Tele: 9661-401-6666

  • ll matters related to food and agricultural policy regarding the Kingdom

Saudi Arabian Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry Building
P.O. Box 16683
Riyadh 16683
Saudi Arabia
Tele: 9661-405-3200/405-

  • All matters related to trade or business development for the Kingdom
Saudi Arabian Ministry of Interior
P.O. Box 2993
Riyadh 11134
Saudi Arabia
Tele: 9661-401-1944
Fax: 9661-403-1185
  • All matters related to security and social responsibility

Saudi Arabian Standards Organization (SASO)
Imam Saud Ibn Abdul-Aziz Ibn Mohammad Street Mohammadia Qarter
P.O. Box 3437
Riyadh 11471
Saudi Arabia
Tele: 9661-452-0000

  • Responsible for implementing and enforcing rules regarding standards

Saudi Arabian Ministry of Commerce
P.O. Box 1774
Airport Road
Riyadh 11162Saudi Arabia
Tele: 9661-401-2222

  • Foodstuff quality control
  • Labeling regulation standards
  • Companies and commercial agents registration

 

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