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Shipping to Saudi Arabia

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FedEx Clearance Process

All shipments crossing international borders must be cleared through Customs in the destination country prior to being delivered to the recipient. Unless the sender specified a broker, FedEx submits shipments to Customs and other regulatory agencies. It is the sender's responsibility to provide the necessary and correct documentation. Shipments that require more than the FedEx International Air Waybill and Commercial Invoice may require more transit time. If shipments are held by Customs because of incorrect or missing documentation we may first attempt to notify the recipient.

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Saudi Arabia Import Clearance Process

When shipping to Saudi Arabia, clearance through Customs depends on whether you're shipping:

  • Documents with no commercial value
  • Dutiable goods

For shipments where clearance is required, Saudi Arabia Customs Authority charges duties and taxes for all shipments with a value above US $40. FedEx will charge the same to the shipper, recipient, or third party based on the option marked on the Air Waybill. The delivery of shipment will be upon payment of the said duties, taxes, and related surcharges.

Duty advancement fees are applicable for any dutiable shipment to be paid by consignee. The duty advancement fee will be SAR 70/- or 2% of the advanced duties and taxes, whichever is greater.

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Import Prohibitions and Restrictions

Certain items are prohibited by Customs for import to Saudi Arabia. These items are in addition to items forbidden by IATA. Senders are responsible for making sure that the goods they are shipping are acceptable for shipment to Saudi Arabia. Any prohibited items shipped to Saudi Arabia are subject to penalty imposed by the Customs authorities. Any penalties and related charges will be charged to the shipper.

Forbidden for Import to Saudi Arabia

  • Items of human concealment (masks, wigs, etc.)
  • Poisons (Toxics)
  • Satellite phone cards (SIM, etc.)
  • Smart cards
  • Satellite cards
  • Tickets, event
  • Tickets, issued
  • Tobacco advertisements
  • Stuffed animals and pokemon toys
  • Pornographic material
  • Long-range, wireless telephones (Senao, etc.)
  • Liquids (except contact lens solution)
  • Bible

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Make sure your documents are always filled out consistently and accurately. Inconsistencies can cause delays.

Required Documentation

Required documentation varies according to the following factors::

  • Whether you are shipping documents with no Declared value. These shipments require only the fully completed FedEx International Air Waybill.
  • If you are shipping any item other than documents, a FedEx International Air Waybill and a Commercial Invoice are required.
  • If you are shipping dutiable goods with a Declared value of more than $13,000, a FedEx International Air Waybill, a Commercial Invoice, and a Certificate of Origin, certified by the Saudi Arabian Consulate in the country of origin, are required.

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Saudi Arabia Import Regulations

Take note of the following regulations when importing to Saudi Arabia.

  • The dimensional and weight maximums for import shipments:
    • FedEx International Priority: 274 cm (108 in) L, 330 cm (130 in) L & G, 68 kg (150 lb)
  • An invoice is required for all shipments with a Declared value.
  • A Certificate of Origin, certified by the Saudi Arabian Consulate in the country of origin, is required for any shipment with the value of more than US $13,000.

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Regulatory Contact Information

P.O.Box 63529 Riyadh 11526
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Phone number: +966.1.220.12 77
Fax number: +966.

Please see our tips to Avoid Customs problems to gain Customs clearance more quickly. For more information, please contact Customer Help.

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