Northwest Horticultural Council
Population: 35,939,806 (July 2023 est.)
Currency: Saudi Riyal
Official Language(s): Arabic
Please click on the above link for a list of chemical MRLs.
II. CHEMICALS AND ADDITIVE INFORMATION
A. Chemical residue standards:
Saudi Arabia maintains a national MRL list. In the absence of an established national MRL, Saudi Arabia defers first to Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) MRLs, then to Codex MRLs, then to the lower of the U.S. or EU MRLs, even if the limit is a default limit. Saudi Arabia does not apply a default MRL.
B. Monitoring chemical residues:
Chemical residues are monitored.
C. Restrictions on use of waxes:
Saudi Arabia permits the use of beeswax, candelilla wax, carnauba wax, and shellac wax on fresh fruits as approved under Gulf Cooperation Council technical regulations 2500/2015 (E).
III. ORGANIC FRUIT REGULATIONS
Saudi Arabia is a member of the Gulf Cooperation Countries (GCC) and adheres to the GCC Unified Customs Law. Apple, pear and cherry imports enter duty-free under GCC import rules.
V. NON-TARIFF BARRIERS
A. Labeling requirements:
The Saudi Food & Drug Authority (SFDA) imposes labeling requirements. The labeling information has been provided by the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) following consultations with SFDA and Saudi importers. Shippers are advised to consult closely with their customers to avoid problems on arrival.
The following labeling information must be written in Arabic as well as a foreign language such as English:
1. Fruit Name – Apple
2. Quality grade
4. Exporter Name
5. Exporter Address
6. Importer Name
7. Importer Address
8. Gross Weight/Net – in kilograms
10. Country of origin
11. Packing Date
For an example of a label see here.
Regarding a carton’s weight, SFDA collects random samples from multiple pallets and takes an average weight. Some suppliers estimate reduced weights due to moisture loss and write less than actual weight when shipping to Saudi Arabia to avoid discrepancies between the weight of the carton as taken at the shipping point versus the weight of the carton at the port of entry.
B. Licenses and quotas:
C. Currency Issues:
D. Pest and plant disease restrictions:
A phytosanitary certificate is required. Imports must be free of Quadraspidiotus perniciosus (San Jose Scale).
VI. MARKETING REPRESENTATIVES FOR PACIFIC NORTHWEST TREE FRUIT INDUSTRY:
Washington Apple Commission
Arab Marketing & Finance Inc. (AMFI)
Voice: 011-961-1 740378
Pear Bureau Northwest:
Masood Butt/Wasif Hussani
Arab Circle Marketing
Jeddah, SAUDI ARABIA
VII. OTHER RESOURCE LINKS:
- The World Factbook (Central Intelligence Agency)
- Saudi Arabia (U.S. Commercial Service/Department of Commerce)
- U.S. Embassy
VIII. ADDITIONAL COMMENTS
Saudi Arabia is a member of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) which includes five other countries in the Arabian Peninsula: United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, and Qatar. The GCC is working to create a common set of food standards and import requirements.