Every man who has business to do with importing or exporting goods in/out to Saudi Arabia will be thinking about what all the steps we should go through while moving goods in/out to Saudi Arabia. The Saudi customs authority makes it mandatory and allows exporting into Saudi Arabia only when all the SASO standards are met.
If everything is not in order then the clearance will not be provided by the authorities. There have been cases where slight errors have led to rejection by the customs department. It is thus important to follow the rules laid down by the SASO certificate Saudi Arabia strictly.
What is a SASO (Saudi Arabian Standard Organization) Certificate?
For a country like Saudi Arabia, there are thousands of imports and exports that enter and leave the country every day. All these cargo and goods are used to help in the overall economy of the country and get better deals for Saudi exports in global markets.
There are certain norms that need to be fulfilled if one wishes to start exporting their goods to the Middle Eastern country and also import. For this, a certificate of conformity is required to be obtained by the business or service that is in sync with the Saudi Arabian regulations for exporting and importing.
This certificate of conformity for Saudi Arabia comes under the SASO standards and is a particular set of rules and regulations that one needs to follow with regards to the product that they are planning on importing or exporting.
There are authorized inspection groups that ensure that all the goods that are being bought into the country are properly checked and handled. The Saudi Arabian Standard Organization is the one responsible for handing out these certificates and they are the ones who need to be approached in order to get any work done regarding importing and exporting goods into the country.
The steps that's involved during Custom clearance in Saudi Arabia
1. Customs declaration
The customs declaration needs to be registered with the authority along with the permission, relevant documents and all the specified requirements. Failing to do this will lead to the rejection of the Saudi Exports.
2. Inspecting the cargo
The goods are inspected by the authorities and they make it a point to check the details very minutely. The authorities check the goods as per the standards laid down on the SASO certificate and also check if the goods meet all the guidelines. If the cargo does not meet the procedures and if there are any violations then the entire lot gets rejected leading to a huge loss of money. All the goods need to oblige with the SASO standards PDF.
3. Customs value analysis and estimation
The entire cargo is analyzed and the customs value for the whole lot if calculated. This is not the final estimation of the duties since the good proceeds for further clearance through the Saudi customs.
4. Goods classification
In this phase, the cargo is then categorized as per their characteristic. This determines the final fees of the cargo that needs to be paid at the customs.
5. Prohibited goods implementing provisions
In case during the classification stage, some goods fall under the prohibited category as per the COC certificate, the Certification of Conformity is considered as a valid permit for goods to enter the Saudi Arabian marketplace. This can only be issued upon fulfillment of all standards and requirements as specified in the international guides required for obtaining the SASO certification. Then in such circumstances, appropriate provisions are implemented on them by the authority.
6. Applicable duties payment
The next stage in the process is the reassessment of the cargo which is followed by the calculation of final customs duty and fees payable. The payments and charges are applicable in the calculation. The concerned party is then informed about the final payment. He needs to disburse the same to the customs department. The goods are then released by the customs authority of Saudi Arabia.
7. Goods release
This is the final stage. Here the goods are released to the concerned person and the cargo reaches the final destination. The cargo should be accompanied with complete documents and any supporting information. This will make the customs clearance faster.
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