As mentioned earlier, depending on the
nature of exported goods to Saudi Arabia, or according to a request from the
Saudi importer, certain documents may be required in addition to the standard
set of six shipping documents. Special certificates or documents are also
required to be authenticated in accordance with the procedure for authentication
of shipping documents delineated above. The most important of these certificates
or documents are the following:
A. Food Products' Export
Requirements for labeling of food and food
products sold in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are determined by the Saudi Arabian
Standards Organization (SASO). Exporters of these products should comply (among
other SASO standards) with Mandatory Standards SSA 1/1984, whether for sample
demonstration or for commercial shipments, and must provide the following
Manufacturer's Ingredients Certificate: This certificate should include
description of exported food products (contents and percentage of each
ingredient), chemical data, microbiological standards, storage, and life of
product (date of manufacturing and date of expiration). When products contain
any animal fats, the certificate must confirm the kind of animal from which it
is taken, or state that no pork meat or its artificial flavor nor its animal fat
is being used. This certificate must be obtained from your local health
department and must be signed.
2. Consumer Protection
Certificate: This certificate must confirm the healthiness of the
various ingredients of the exported food products to Saudi Arabia, their safety
and fitness for human consumption. This certificate must be obtained from the
local Authorities ( USDA- or one of its local offices if from the USA ), and
must be signed.
3. Price List: The
price list should be issued by the exporter on his letterhead, and should
indicate that the prices of the exported products to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
are the standard local market prices.
B. Meat Imported into
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia imports only
(male) beef or lamb meats, fresh or frozen. In addition to the above-mentioned
shipping documents, all meat shipments must be accompanied by the following
1) A certificate of "Halal" meat: This
certificate indicates that slaughtering has taken place in an officially
licensed slaughter-house and in accordance with Islamic "Shari'ah,"
i.e., procedures. The "Halal" meat certificate should be legalized by
a recognized Islamic Center in your country. It must also accompany shipments of
poultry into Saudi Arabia.
2) An Official Health Certificate: This
certificate should indicating the date of slaughtering, kind of animals and
their average age, in each shipment. The health certificate must also indicate
that animals were examined within twelve hours before being slaughtered, and
directly after, by a licensed veterinarian, and were found free from disease and
suitable for human consumption.
HEALTH CERTIFICATE is required for all exports to Saudi Arabia of all kinds of
meat (including poultry and seafood), meat products, livestock, vegetables,
fruits, human blood, etc., attesting that they are free from pests and/or
Slaughtered animals must be stamped by the
concerned health authority on several parts. Age of animal, when slaughtered,
should not exceed three years for lamb and five years for beef. Exporters should
comply with prevailing Saudi rules and regulations regarding the procedure of
cutting, shipping, storing, etc., of meat shipped to the Kingdom.
C. Importation of Seeds and
Grains into Saudi Arabia
Exporters of seeds and grains must clearly
write in Arabic and English on each package or sack the following information:
Barley or Sorghum for animal Fodder:
- Barley or Sorghum for animal fodder.
- Name of exporter.
- Weight of sack.
- Country of production.
- Date of production.
- Expiration date.
Grains used as Seeds:
- Barley, Sorghum, or wheat as seeds.
- Name of exporter.
- Country of production.
- The Phrase: (Poisonous for both human
and/or animals), and sign of danger or "skull and crossbones"
must be shown in red on each package or sack.
- Date of production.
- Expiration date.
In addition to shipping documents, the
exporter of seeds or grains must provide the following authenticated
1- Certificate of Inspection:
Issued by a specialized company for inspection
of seeds. The most important information the certificate must include are the
* Name and address of buyer.
* Name and address of seller.
* Kind and amount.
* Seed Class.
* Name of shipping vessel.
* Type of packing.
* The written information on sacks, bags and each package.
* Results of inspection and percentage of germination, purity, impurity,
* Method of chemical treatment of the seeds.
* Confirmation that the seeds are free from insects, epidemic, diseases and
weed seeds (their number and species in a sample of two kilograms must be
2- Phytosanitary Certificate:
The purpose of this certificate is to verify
that the seeds or grains to be exported to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are free
from agricultural diseases. It is obtainable from the your government Department
of Agriculture (USDA- or from any of its local offices if Seeds are from the
USA). This certificate is required to accompany all shipments of flour, rice,
grains, agricultural seeds, lumber, plants, plant material, etc.
3- Seed Analysis Certificate:
This certificate is to prove the degree of
purity of the seeds shipped to Saudi Arabia. It is issued by your government
Department of Agriculture ( USDA- or from any of its local offices if Seeds are
from the USA).
4- Certificate of Weight:
This certificate should be issued by the
exporting company indicating the name and address of the Saudi importer, the
name of the shipping vessel, the number of the bill of lading, the number of
seals and containers, and net weight and total weight of shipment.
D. Animal Fodder
addition to the above-detailed shipping documents, the following certificates or
documents are required:
- Certificate of Free Sale.
- Product Registration Certificate.
- Certificate of Analysis.
- Product Safety Data Sheet.
E. Shipment of
Livestock to the Kingdom:
Besides the standard set of six shipping
documents, the following documents are required:
- Certificate of Weight: This must show the
average weight of the exported livestock.
- Health Certificate: This must verify that
the livestock are free from diseases. It is issued by your government
Department of Agriculture ( USDA- or from any of its local offices
if livestock are from the USA).
- Health Certificate issued by a
- Pedigree Certificate issued by the local
government Department of Agriculture ( USDA- or from any of its local
offices if livestock are from the USA).
- Production records.
- Declaration of Inspection and Acceptance.
Regarding the Shipment of Pets:
The additional required documents are the
- A Health Certificate issued by a
veterinarian and approved by the local government veterinarian authority (
USDA- or from any of its local offices if Pets are from the USA)
confirming that the animals are free from diseases. and provide Animal
- Only guard, hunting, and seeing-eye dogs
are allowed into Saudi Arabia.
G. Importation of Horses to the
The Saudi importer should submit an
application to the President of the Saudi Equestrian Club, indicating the number
of horses, exporting country, and customs center at the port of entry to the
Kingdom. The application should be accompanied by the following documents:
- A certificate of origin, issued by the
company raising and breeding the horses, with a color picture of each
horse affixed to it. The certificate must be authorized by the local
government veterinarian authority ( USDA- or from any of its local offices
if horses are from the USA), Department of State and approved by a Saudi
- A Health certificate, confirming that the
horses are free from diseases, approved by a veterinarian and
authenticated as in (1) above. It should be noted, however, that only
Saudis are allowed to import horses into the Kingdom.
H. Vegetable and
Fruit Health Certificate:
This certificate must accompany
all shipments of vegetables and fruits to the Kingdom certifying that such
exports are free from pests, insects, and other agricultural diseases, and that
they have not been exposed to ionizing radiation (but can be treated with
aluminum phosphate). This certificate can be obtained from the government
Department of Agriculture ( USDA- or from any of its local offices if
vegetables and or fruits are from the USA).
I. Certificate of Free Sale:
This certificate should accompany all
shipments of pharmaceutical and medicinal products to Saudi Arabia. It is
obtainable from your government Department of Health and Human Services and
should be presented to a Saudi Arabian Consulate with other documents.
Moreover, imports of pharmaceuticals and
medicinal products require a certificate issued by your government Department of
Health and Human Services. This certificate must state that the medicines are
actually used by the public in your country under the same trade name and
formula and must include the name of each product, the formula, and the date and
number of the permit to manufacture them if one is required. The certificate
must be certified by the Department of State in your country, and be
authenticated by a Saudi Arabian Consulate. This certificate must be filed with
the Ministry of Health in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, prior to
any shipment of pharmaceutical or medicinal products to Saudi Arabia, and
must be renewed every two years (see registration of medicines and
pharmaceutical products below).
J. SASO Certificates of
conformity for imported electrical appliances, equipment, a and accessories into
There are two types of certificates:
a) Certificate of Conformity for electrical
appliances and equipment.
b) Certificate of Conformity for electrical accessories.
The relevant certificate (the standard form
is available at any Saudi consulate) must be issued by the manufacturer on
their official letterhead, notarized by a notary public, certified by a local
chamber of commerce, and then sent to SASO in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (
address) at least two months before shipment date, to be verified. Upon
approval, the certificate will be returned to the manufacturing company which
must attach a stamped copy with each shipment to Saudi Arabia of the commodity
mentioned therein. These certificates are only required for commodities
mentioned in the List of Imported Electrical Products issued by SASO.
K. SASO Motor Vehicles
Three months at least before dispatching
the first consignment of any type of motor vehicles in any year, the
manufacturer must send to SASO this certificate in English or Arabic for their
approval. Individuals must obtain this certificate from the manufacturer prior
to the shipment of any car for their personal use in the Kingdom (a personal
used car of a Saudi student or diplomat is exempted).
ARRANGEMENT OF SHIPPING
Shipping documents must be presented to any of
the Saudi Arabian Consulates in the following manner or they will be rejected:
- Commercial Invoice.
- Certificate of Origin.
- Insurance Certificate.
- Bill of Lading (or airway bill).
- Steamship (or airline company certificate).
- Packing List.
- Special documents.
In addition, for shipment from the USA an
Export Information Sheet, EIS (available at any U.S.-Arab Chamber of
Commerce) must be filled out, signed by an official of the exporting or shipping
company and presented to a Saudi Arabian consulate along with the rest of the
required shipping documents. The EIS does not require authentication.
All companies' documents, i.e. joint venture
agreements, commercial agency agreements, collaboration agreements,
authorization by proxy, etc., must be legalized in the following manner:
- Notarized by a Notary Public.
- Certified by the County Clerk of the
respective county where the Notary Public is commissioned.
- Certified under the seal of the Office of
the Secretary of the State where the documents originated.
- Authenticated by the Authentication Office
of the your country Department of State, ( for USA see here
- Legalized by one of the Royal Saudi
Consulates in the in your country (Out side the USA see here
for address) ( for USA see here
for address).. Please refer to the certification of shipping documents
detailed above for fees and procedures.
refer to the certification of shipping documents detailed above for procedures.
The Commercial office, Embassy of Saudi Arabia,
Washington, D.C. and The Foreign Trade Statistics, Ministry of Finance and National Economy,
Central Department of Statistics, Kingdom of Saudi