How to prepare Customs documentation and labelling while importing into Saudi Arabia??

In the late 20th century, the world economy and consequently the economies of major countries underwent a thorough shake-up because of the introduction of various financial reforms- mainly globalisation and liberalisation. The implementation of these major changes dramatically increased the import and export markets of many nations, opening up new doorways to more efficient and profitable transactions. Most of the Middle-Eastern nations have been beneficiaries of such positive changes- especially Saudi Arabia.
Import and export businesses have been thriving in Saudi Arabia, even though the rules and regulations are slightly confusing. This problem, combined with the general difficulty of the Arabic language results in a gruelling process, but no worries, the top logistics company in Saudi is at your service!

Customs documentations

Customs documentations and certificates have to be spot on for the importing process to proceed in a smooth manner. Saudi customs and authorities are strict and unrelenting. A Certificate of Origin is required, and it has to be authenticated at a local Chamber of Commerce. An Arabic translation of the document is also needed, even though English is widely spoken in the country.

A Saudi Arabian Customs Invoice is required for imports, with those of low pecuniary value exempted from this rule. The next necessity is an authenticated invoice stating the country of origin, carrier name and brand of the goods. The number of goods, along with their value and weight, and a clear description should also be mentioned with Arabic translation. If the goods are of high importance, their insurance documents must also be sent. The original documents should also have an Arabian translation.

Finally, the Certificate of Conformity (CoC) of the Saudi Arabian Standards Organisation (SASO) is required for the goods. This has to be issued by an approved certification body in the country of origin. A Bill of Lading or Airway Bill should also be presented with the goods. Depending on the type of goods being shipped, additional documents may be required. These are based on requests from the Saudi importers, or according to the business contracts.
Saudi Customs Authorities do not accept any facsimile signatures on any documents, especially the Certificate of Origin and the Commercial Invoice. All related documents must contain the handwritten signature of the person issuing the document. In addition to the above-mentioned documents, two copies of the Export Information Sheet (EIS) have to be submitted- these have to be filled out and signed by an official of the shipping company.


Labelling is almost as important as clearing documents for the imported goods- the products are rejected if they are found to be labelled incorrectly. All consumer products entering the nation must have Arabic labelling to avoid rejection at the port of entry. Expiry dates of the goods must also be examined- Saudi Customs have a record of rejecting and prohibiting the entry of products with close expiry dates. There are many such details to be taken care of, but On Dot, among the best logistics company in the UAE is at your service!

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