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Saudi Arabia - new restrictions on the import of plastic articles

Published 1st Aug 2021 by MY Export Hub

Saudi Arabia — New Restrictions on the Import of Plastic Articles Saudi Arabia has implemented new restrictions on the import of plastic articles under the enforcement of the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO) Technical Regulation for degradable goods and all types of packaging material (including secondary packaging material) that are manufactured with polyethylene or polypropylene. All degradable plastic products that are to be imported must bear the SASO “Oxo-biodegradable” logo. The import of non-biodegradable plastic bags is prohibited.

Plastic articles and Special Certificates required:

Saudi Arabia restricts the import of plastic articles under the enforcement of the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO) Technical Regulation for degradable goods and all types of packaging material (including secondary packaging material) that are manufactured with polyethylene or polypropylene. All degradable plastic products that are to be imported must bear the SASO “Oxo-biodegradable” logo. The import of non-biodegradable plastic bags is prohibited. For further details, refer to the relevant page on the SASO website or contact the one of the agencies quoted in the General Declarations of Conformity section.

General Declarations of Conformity:

The Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO) in cooperations with the Ministry of Commerce and Investment (MoCI) operate the conformity assessment programme to control the quality of all goods being imported into Saudi Arabia alongside the GCC conformity regulations. Under this programme, goods are to undergo pre-shipment inspection by an approved body (see below) so they are verified as complying with Saudi Arabian standards. The SASO certificate must accompany the export of the goods and be produced on arrival of the goods in Saudi Arabia to ensure clearance of the goods at Saudi customs. Further information is available from the SASO website or by contacting one of the UK approved conformity assessment companies below is recommended.

The Saudi Product Safety Programme called SALEEM requires the registration of products and companies on the online portal called SABER. Registration applies to overseas suppliers, the product manufacturer or the Saudi agent/importer. SALEEM applies to 45 product categories including: low-voltage electrical equipment, lubricating oils, children's toys, electric vehicles, chemical products, etc. The implementation time is outlined in the respective technical regulations (TRs).

GCC standard: Goods to be imported into Saudi must conform to the applied GCC standards. If no GCC standards are applicable, common international standards such as ISO standards will be accepted. In general, few problems arise out of this requirement as the GCC standards extensively conform to internationally applied standards. A declaration of conformity may be required by customs authorities or by the importer, but its submission is not obligatory.


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