Market Reports/Tariffs
Textiles, Apparel, Footwear and Travel Goods

Saudi Arabia

Import Tariffs
Documentation/Procedures
Restrictions
Standards
Labeling
Market Information

Last updated on 09/11/2017

If you have any questions about the following information, please contact an analyst at the U.S. Department of Commerce- Office of Textiles and Apparel at 202-482-4058 or click here for e-mail access.

**The following information is provided only as a guide and should be confirmed with the proper authorities before embarking on any export activities.**


Import Tariffs - Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia is a member of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which consists of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE. As a member of the GCC, Saudi Arabia implemented the Unified Customs Law (ULC) in 2003 to facilitate regional trade. In accordance with the ULC, Saudi Arabia imposes a five-percent tariff on the cost, insurance, and freight (c.i.f.) invoice value of most imported products. However, the Saudi government applies up to a 15-percent tariff on certain textile, apparel, footwear and travel goods products. Some items may be subject to specific duties, which are tariffs calculated according to unit or metric weight.

Saudi Arabia: Tariffs (percent ad valorem) on Textile, Apparel, Footwear and Travel Goods
HS Chapter/Subheading
Tariff Rate Range (%)
Yarn
-silk
5003-5006
5
-wool
5105-5110
5
-cotton
5203-5207
5
-other vegetable fiber
5306-5308
5
-man-made fiber
5401-5406/5501-5511
5 - 12
........................
Woven Fabric
-silk
5007
5
-wool
5111-5113
5 - 15
-cotton
5208-5212
5
-other vegetable fiber
5309-5311
5
-man-made fiber
5407-5408/5512-5516
5 - 12
........................
Knit Fabric
60
5
........................
Non Woven Fabric
5603
5 - 12
........................
Industrial Fabric
59
5
........................
Apparel
61-62
5 - 12
........................
Home Furnishings
including: bed, bath, kitchen linens, etc.
63
5 - 15
........................
Carpet

Footwear

Travel Goods
57

64

4202
5 - 15

5 - 12

5 - 15

More detailed tariff information is available at the Saudi Arabian Department of Customs website or in the Current Situation of Schedules of Members, the Unified Customs Tariffe for GCC States 2012 on UAE Customs, on the World Trade Organization website.

Samples/Temporary Entry--For temporary entry of goods for promotional purposes, importers need an invoice with the value of the goods and a certificate of origin, both endorsed by a local Chamber of Commerce in the U.S. The invoice should state that the goods are being imported for exhibition purposes only and will be re-exported.

Saudi Customs requires a deposit for these goods (equivalent to the applicable tariff rate on the total value of the goods). This deposit is refundable when the exhibition is over and upon showing a document that the owner of the equipment officially participated in a trade show.

If your product is primarily made in the U.S. of U.S. originating components it may qualify for duty-free entry into countries with which the U.S. has a free trade agreement (FTA). The U.S. currently has FTAs with the following countries: Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Jordan, Mexico, Morocco, Nicaragua, Oman, Panama, Peru, Singapore and South Korea. See the FTA Tariff Tool, to determine the duty-free status or reduced duties that apply to products eligible under these free trade agreements.

Additional resources for tariff information:

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Import Documentation/Procedures (Saudi Arabia)

No specific information is available.

For more information on local customs rules and regulations:
Saudi Arabian Department of Customs

For information on common export documents, such as transportation documents, export compliance documents, certificates of origin, certificates for shipments of specific goods, temporary shipment documents, and other export-related documents, see the Export.gov webpage on Common Export Documents.

For country-specific information on import procedures and documentation requirements, see the
Country Commercial Guides (CCG) on the export.gov website.

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Import Restrictions (Saudi Arabia)
No information is currently available on any bans, quotas, or other restrictions.
U.S. Export Restrictions:

The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) in the U.S. Department of the Treasury administers and enforces economic and trade sanctions against targeted foreign countries, terrorists, and international narcotics traffickers and their agents in accordance with U.S. foreign policy and national security goals. The OFAC website includes summaries of sanctions programs for various countries and the “Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons” (SDNs) list of entities and individuals with whom U.S. persons may not conduct business and whose property must be blocked if under the control of a U.S. person.

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) in the U.S. Department of Commerce is responsible for implementing and enforcing the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), which regulate the export and re-export of most commercial items. BIS maintains the Denied Persons List, which consists of individuals, and companies that have been denied export and re-export privileges by BIS, and the Entity List, which consists of foreign end users who pose an unacceptable risk of diverting U.S. exports and the technology they contain to alternate destinations for the development of weapons of mass destruction
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Standards - Saudi Arabia
No specific information is available.

Local standards organization and other resources:


The National Center for Standards and Certification Information (NCSCI) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the U.S. Department of Commerce provides information on U.S. and foreign standards, technical regulations, and conformity assessment procedures for non-agricultural products. NCSCI staff responds to requests for information by identifying relevant standards and regulations, and by referral to the appropriate standards-developers or private-sector organizations. Under copyright restrictions, NCSCI cannot provide copies of standards, but NCSCI does provide sources for accessing standards.


Notify U.S. - Member countries of the World Trade Organization (WTO) are required under the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT Agreement) to report to the WTO all proposed technical regulations that could affect trade with other Member countries. Notify U.S. is a free, web-based e-mail subscription service that offers U.S. companies an opportunity to review and comment on proposed foreign technical regulations that may affect their access to international markets.

Additional resources:

Examples of voluntary formaldehyde labeling programs

American Apparel and Footwear Association's Restricted Substances List

American National Standards Institute (ANSI)

ASTM International

International Organization for Standardization (ISO)


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Labeling - Saudi Arabia

Labeling and marking requirements are compulsory for any products exported to Saudi Arabia. The Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO) is responsible for establishing labeling and other guidelines in Saudi Arabia. The Ministry of Commerce implements SASO guidelines through its inspection and test laboratories at ports of entry in Saudi Arabia.

Goods must have a clear and non-removable label indicating of country of origin, either woven, printed or pressed, depending on type of product. Goods that cannot be labeled because of their small size or the nature, must carry a fixed non-removable indication of origin on the product wrapping or packaging.

Carpet manufacturers and suppliers must indicate in Arabic the thickness or weight of each square meter, type (nylon, wool, acrylic, polypropylene, etc.), pile weight, and country of origin, to be applied on every 5 meters along the carpet roll length. All carpet manufacturers, suppliers and distributors have to show the captioned data on the sales invoice.

Generally, goods for sale in Saudi Arabia must be in containers labeled in metric measurements. However, goods imported from countries that do not use the metric system may be marked in units of the exporting country provided they are sold locally on the basis of the metric system.


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Market Information - Saudi Arabia


No specific information is available.



U.S. companies may contact the U.S. Commercial Service for information and personalized counseling at every step of the exporting process. Find a U.S. Export Assistance Centers near you.

For information on protecting trademarks, designs, patents and copyrights, see the STOPFAKES.GOV website. STOPFAKES.GOV is dedicated to helping U.S. companies protect their innovations and safely market their products at home and overseas. Find guidance and resources on how to register your company's intellectual property and protect it from counterfeiting and piracy. Also find IPR toolkits for select countries, as well as other country-specific information.

For information on selling to foreign governments, see the Global Procurement Opportunities website.

Other sources for market information and data:


OTEXA Export Market Report (U.S. export data for textiles, apparel, footwear and travel goods)

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service

U.S. Department of State - U.S. Embassies, Consulates, and Diplomatic Missions

U.S. Office of the Trade Representative

Local Industry and Trade Associations

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