The Certificate of Conformity (CoC) states the compliance of the certified goods with approved standards of Saudi Arabia and the conformity to the accompanying invoice.
The Certificate of Conformity must be issued by an approved accreditation authority and must be based on laboratory testing of the goods. The authorities reserve the right of taking samples and testing the goods to verify the CoC on base of the test results.
The CoC has to accompany the shipments to ensure clearance. The CoC is needed for all kind of mobile phones, computers and computer parts, any other kind of telecommunication equipment and all electric home appliances and their sparepart.
The regime of standardisation and product safety is a living target and other commodities might be included. For further information please check the website of the Saudi Arabian Standard Organization (http://www.saso.org.sa/engsite/] ,the customs website of Saudi Arabia ( http://www.customs.gov.sa/CustomsNew/default_E.aspx ), the website of the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Commerce and Industry http://www.commerce.gov.sa/english/default.aspx ) or your local Chamber of Commerce.
For shipments to Saudi Arabia a legalized Certificate of Origin and Commercial Invoice (see "Legalization") is required for shipments containing goods with a removable country or territory of origin, e.g. if the origin is placed with a sticker on the goods, only. For goods with an un-removable country or territory of origin, e.g. permanently stamped or marked a Certificate of Origin will be not required. However SFDA, ,CITC,MOI & other Government departments have the right to request a Certificate of Origin at any time.
The Certificate of Origin issued by the Chamber of Commerce is sufficient. A certification by the Saudi Embassy or Consulate is not mandatory.
Note: In the event that one or more required documents are not available at the time of importation, the importer may issue a "guarantee letter" with Customs. The letter may gain the shipper 90 days to produce the documentation. If the documentation is not produced, a penalty of 2000.00 SAR or US$533.33 (USD) will be applied to the customer.
The shipper can obtain a certified Certificate of Origin and Invoice from the Saudi Embassy or Consulate or Chamber of Commerce within the origin country or territory prior to export to assist with clearance on arrival in Saudi Arabia.
Commodities requiring SASO/IECEE
Electrical goods, Water pump, Washing Machine, Laptop & Desktop PC, Printer, Mobiles phones & Accessories, Car and mobile batteries.
Note :- Any electronic goods exported to Saudi Arabia, the power cord should be 3 pin as 2 pin is not allowed in Saudi Arabia.
The importer should have IECEE permit in Saudi Arabia and regarding SASO (Saudi Standards, Metrology and quality organization) any electrical / electronic /Car spare parts in commercial quantity will require a SASO from origin.
IECEE IEC System for Conformity Assessment Schemes for Electro technical Equipment and Components. IECEE is needed for personal consumption if quantity exceeds more than 2.
Saber is an electronic platform that helps the local supplier and factory to register the required conformity certificates electronically for consumer products, whether imported or locally manufactured, to enter the Saudi market. The platform also aims to raise the level of safe products in the Saudi market .For registered products list kindly refer to the below link:
Goods under IATA Special Provisions A67 require a MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet).
It is not required for all, however shipments can be held by local authority in United Arab Emirates after screening due to lack of MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) or NON DG (Dangerous Goods) declaration letter from the shipper resulting to misconnections and impacting end-to-end service.
It would be advisable for all shipments originating, transiting and terminating for UAE to have MSDS or NON DG declaration from shipper enclosed in the shipment and copies to be uploaded in IDIS.
Export procedure ex United Kingdom
A formal electronic export declaration must be sent to customs authorities by the exporter or their representative. Customs authorities grant the release for export and issue an Export Accompanying Document (EAD) with a unique Movement Reference Number (MRN). UPS operated simplified procedures allowing export formalities to be completed upto 14 days after export.
An informal declaration is possible for shipments up to a national threshold. The informal declaration is based on the invoice value and is restricted to shipments not subject to prohibitions and restrictions (for example, embargo regulations) or special export procedures (for example, temporary export). The informal clearance will be done by UPS at the point of exit.
Shipments up to a value of 873.00 GBP can be declared informally on the basis of the invoice.
The EORI (European Union Registration and Identification) number needs to be included with the Invoice for any shipment with value exceeding 873.00 GBP. The EORI number can be obtained by the shipper using website link: www.gov.uk/EORI
UPS offers the service to prepare export declarations on behalf of the exporter without additional fees.