Country Summaries
 

Saudi Arabia

ISO Country Code: SA
Currency Name: Riyal
Currency Code: SAR

OVERVIEW

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) has an extremely simple tariff structure. There are no taxes on imports, other than the tariff duty.

Most duty rates are ad valorem applied against CIF values. The 5% rate is the most common rate. Some minimum rates exist, consisting of an ad valorem minimum rate contrasted against a rate per physical unit. Importation is free of duty for some goods and banned for a few goods (for example, swine and pork products).

Even the preferential system is simple. There are only two preferential groups: (1) Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and (2) Arab League (AL).

On January 1, 2003, the six members for the GCC finally came together to form a true Customs Union.

 

TARIFF STRUCTURE

The online version of the tariff provides the 8-digit dutiable numbers, their descriptions and rates. 4-digit and 6-digit levels are not provided. It is also missing the seasonal rate table provided in the hard copy.

The hard copy of the tariff schedule provides product category descriptions and four-digit identification numbers for Harmonized System (HS) chapter subheadings. The duty rates and any banning notice are provided at the eight-digit level, along with the specific product descriptions.

 

Customs Valuation Basis

Ad valorem duty rates are based on CIF value.

 

PREFERENTIAL AGREEMENTS

There are only two preferential groups: (1) Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), consisting of only six countries (United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia), and (2) Arab League (AL), consisting of 22 countries (Comoros, Yemen, Jordan, Syria, Palestine, Lebanon, Iraq, Egypt, Sudan, Somalia, Djibouti, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Mauritania and the GCC countries).

As of January 1, 2003, the GCC is a Customs Union and functions much like the European Union. The Arab League receives preference in terms of lower duty rates.

Transshipment is allowed within the GCC and Arab League.

 

EMBARGO

Saudi Arabia imposes a full embargo against Israel. Saudi Arabia prohibits the import of ANY items that were either produced/manufactured in Israel or exported in Israel.

 

UNITS OF MEASURE

Glossary of Abbreviations

1000 CIGARETTES = 1000 CIGARETTES

1000U = 1000 UNITS

CARRIAGE OR PLATE = CARRIAGE OR PLATE

EACH = UNITS

EGG = NUMBER OF EGGS

GROSS KG = GROSS KILOGRAMS

GROSS TON = GROSS TONS

K = KILOGRAMS

KG = KILOGRAMS

KG = (INCLUDING DIRECT WRAPPING)

KG = (INCLUDING WRAPPING)

KG GROSS = GROSS KILOGRAMS

KG NET = NET KILOGRAMS

KG WITH LEAVES = KILOGRAMS WITH LEAVES

LITER = LITRES

LITRE = LITRES

METER SQUARE = SQUARE METERS

NET KG = NET KILOGRAMS

NO = UNITS

SHEMAGH = SHEMAGH

SQAUARE METER = SQUARE METERS

SQUARE METER = SQUARE METERS

TON = TONS

TONT = TONS

U = UNITS

 

IMPORT CONTROLS

The Saudi Arabian Tariff Schedule provides very detailed import control content. In many cases, these controls are HS-based and are indicated by a code in the tariff. Other controls are indicated in separate pages at the beginning of the tariff and are descriptive. These descriptions usually contain the scope of the control, as well as the controlling authority. Separate Saudi Arabian legislation details the full embargo against Israel.

The following Saudi Arabian import controls are captured by NextLinx:

1. Import Licenses: for agricultural products, chemicals, weapons, vehicles, explosives, photographic equipment, certain books/magazines, human hair, precious stones, artifacts, radioactive materials, pharmaceutical products, and various other commodities.

2. Import Prohibitions: for certain animals/animal products, alcohol, asbestos, certain vehicles, narcotics, certain weapons, certain types of clothing, and various other commodities.

3. Import Inspections: for animals, plants, peat moss, fertilizers, and wool.

4. Embargoes: against all products manufactured or originating in Israel.

 

EXPORT CONTROLS

The Saudi Arabian Tariff Schedule also provides export control information. However, it is not as extensive as the import control content. In some cases, export controls are HS-based and indicated by a code in the tariff. In other cases, they are descriptive and listed at the front of the tariff. Separate Saudi Arabian legislation details the full embargo against Israel.

The following Saudi Arabian export controls are captured by NextLinx:

1. Export Licenses: for wild animals, certain plant products, petroleum products, water pumps, antiques, sand, stones, and a few other commodities.

2. Export Prohibitions: for certain animals, palm tree saplings, animal feed, holy well water, scrap iron, and narcotics.

3. Embargoes: against all products destined for Israel.


06/01/2006