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How-to Ship to Saudi Arabia Guide


The second-largest export market for U.S. goods in the Gulf, behind the United Arab Emirates, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia also has the largest economy in the region. With oil revenues declining, however, the country is looking for ways to supplement the backbone of its economy.

Capital: Riyadh
Population: 33,091,113 (July 2018 est.)
Area: 2,149,690 km
Language: Arabic (official)
Currency: Saudi Riyals (SAR)

Major industries include crude oil production, petroleum refining, basic petrochemicals, ammonia, industrial gases, sodium hydroxide (caustic soda), cement, fertilizer, plastics, metals, commercial ship repair, commercial aircraft repair, construction.

Source:  CIA World Factbook,

Your primer on entering this market begins with a few insights on how business is done.

New Opportunities

The country’s Vision 2030 and National Transformation Program initiatives offer new opportunities for U.S businesses. Saudi Arabia’s IT market, the largest in the region, is expected to see greater growth, including in the area of cyber security, big data and geospatial information systems. And the continued demand for healthcare services, pharmaceuticals and medical devices for the treatment of issues such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes will provide more opportunities for U.S. companies to expand business.

Read: What you need to know before you export to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

UPS in Saudi Arabia

Established: 1997

Employees: 700+

Flights: 42 connecting dedicated flights weekly connecting US, EU and Asia through the Dubai International Airport (DXB)

Air Hubs: All Domestic Airports (Jeddah, Riyadh, Dammam)

Delivery Fleet: 290

Brokerage Facilities: 7

Getting Started

Visit our international shipping section for step-by-step instructions on how to ship, including:

  1. Select a shipping service
  2. Choose a billing option
  3. Prepare your shipping label
  4. Create required documentation
  5. Entrust it to UPS for delivery
  6. Track your shipment

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Essential Information

  • Import/Export


    Use this UPS Country or Territory Regulations tool to find all of the specific documentation and regulations that may affect your international shipments.

    • Import and export forms
    • Customs clearance information and duties and taxes
    • Areas served
    • Billing options
    • Gift exemptions
    • Invoice requirements
    • Items classified as documents
    • Prohibited or restricted items
    • Transportation options
    • Special clearance requirements
    • Value limits
    • Weight and size limits

  • Customs Brokerage

    Customs Brokerage

    Our expertise with Saudi Arabia’s unique documentation and customs requirements may help to reduce the chance of delays and extra fees. We offer 24/7 customs services with commodity and security inspections, smooth entry into the country and clearance procedures that begin before our planes land.

  • UPS Services

    UPS® Services

    With UPS, your shipments will arrive when they’re needed, wherever they’re needed around the world.

    • Package and freight transportation
    • Calculate time and cost

  • UPS Capital

    UPS Capital®

    UPS Capital offers a suite of financial and insurance services to help protect your bottom line and grow your top line. Options for exporters can include cargo insurance and trade credit insurance which can help mitigate the risks of selling globally.

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