New impositions on the entry of certain consumer goods to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s (KSA) market require manufacturers and importers to obtain clearance through the SABER platform. SABER is an electronic platform that allows importers and local manufacturers to obtain the required Certificate of Conformity and Shipment Certificate of Conformity (SCoC) for consumer goods.
SABER is an electronic platform on which importers and local manufacturers:
•register their facilities;
•obtain Product Certificate of Conformity (PCoC); and,
•obtain Shipment Certificate of Conformity (SCoC).
SABER aims to curb fraud and to improve the safety level of products entering the KSA market. It relates to all consumer products referred to as “Regulated Products”, such as Lube Oils, Detergents, Building Materials and Construction Products, Paints, Lifts, Vehicle Spare Parts, Textiles etc., that are intended to be commercialized in the KSA market, whether imported from abroad or locally produced.
On 1 July 2020 the SABER platform was linked with the FASAH system, which is the Saudi shipment clearance platform. This integration ensures the automatic verification of since the SCoC, which will be automatically loaded on to FASAH system. Any shipment to Saudi Arabia which does not have an SCoC will not be granted access to the KSA market. Detailed user guides for registration are available on the SABER website here.
Manufacturers and importers should be aware of these new changes and of potential issues that may arise with the SABER and FASAH platforms. Our teams are available to help you comply with these requirements and assess their impact on your business.
Wadih Abu Nasr
Head of Tax,
KSA and Levant
Head of Tax,
Head of Indirect Tax, KSA
Indirect Tax, Lower Gulf
Trade & Customs Leader, Middle East
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