Saudi Arabia is an extremely complex country, and all imports must be registered to a Saudi-owned company. This means that tech companies will need to list a locally registered Importer of Record who also has extensive knowledge of the lengthy SABER approval process.
When bringing goods into Saudi Arabia, you’ll have to secure various “Certificates of Conformities” (CoCs). Essentially, a CoC is a document from the manufacturer, confirmed by an independent lab, that verifies that the equipment meets specific standards. With TecEx’s reputable compliance team, you can rest assured that your shipments will be equipped with all the necessary CoCs to sail smoothly through the process.
To thrive in Saudi Arabia, tech companies planning to import their goods into the region need to be aware of the cultural sensitivities and tailor their products and services accordingly. The country also has a broad list of additional restricted items, including second-hand goods and products from certain countries of origin, all of which will need additional compliance.
Saudi Arabia is part of two significant trade groups, the Greater Arab Free Trade Area (GAFTA) and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which includes Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, the UAE, and Oman. Being a member grants certain trade and investment perks within these nations. Nonetheless, even with these privileges, you’ll require a locally registered entity to serve as the Importer of Record (IOR) to smoothly navigate customs clearance for your goods.