As mentioned earlier, depending on the nature of exported goods to Saudi Arabia, or according to a request from the Saudi importer, certain documents may be required in addition to the standard set of six shipping documents. Special certificates or documents are also required to be authenticated in accordance with the procedure forauthentication of shipping documents delineated above. The most important of these certificates or documents are the following:
A. Food Products' Export Documents:
Requirements for labeling of food and food products sold in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are determined by the Saudi Arabian Standards Organization (SASO). Exporters of these products should comply (among other SASO standards) withMandatory Standards SSA 1/1984, whether for sample demonstration or for commercial shipments, and must provide the following certificates:
1. Food Manufacturer's Ingredients Certificate: This certificate should include description of exported food products (contents and percentage of each ingredient), chemical data, microbiological standards, storage, and life of product (date of manufacturing anddate of expiration). When products contain any animal fats, the certificate must confirm the kind of animal from which it is taken, or state that no pork meat or its artificial flavor nor its animal fat is being used. This certificate must be obtained from your local health department and must be signed.
2. Consumer Protection Certificate: This certificate must confirm the healthiness of thevarious ingredients of the exported food products to Saudi Arabia, their safety and fitness for human consumption. This certificate must be obtained from the local Authorities (USDA- or one of its local offices if from the USA), and must be signed.
3. Price List: The price list should be issued by the exporter on his letterhead, and should indicate that the prices of the exported products to theKingdom of Saudi Arabia are the standard local market prices.
B. Meat Imported into Saudi Arabia
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia imports only (male) beef or lamb meats, fresh or frozen. In addition to the above-mentioned shipping documents, all meat shipments must be accompanied by the following certificates:
1) A certificate of "Halal" meat: This certificate indicates that slaughtering has takenplace in an officially licensed slaughter-house and in accordance with Islamic "Shari'ah," i.e., procedures. The "Halal" meat certificate should be legalized by a recognized Islamic Center in your country. It must also accompany shipments of poultry into Saudi Arabia.
2) An Official Health Certificate: This certificate should indicating the date of slaughtering, kind of animals and theiraverage age, in each shipment. The health certificate must also indicate that animals were examined within twelve hours before being slaughtered, and directly after, by a licensed veterinarian, and were found free from disease and suitable for human consumption.
Note: The HEALTH CERTIFICATE is required for all exports to Saudi Arabia of all kinds of meat (including poultry and seafood), meat products,livestock, vegetables, fruits, human blood, etc., attesting that they are free from pests and/or diseases.
Slaughtered animals must be stamped by the concerned health authority on several parts. Age of animal, when slaughtered, should not exceed three years for lamb and five years for beef. Exporters should comply with prevailing Saudi rules and regulations regarding the procedure of cutting,shipping, storing, etc., of meat shipped to the Kingdom.
C. Importation of Seeds and Grains into Saudi Arabia
Exporters of seeds and grains must clearly write in Arabic and English on each package or sack the following information:
Barley or Sorghum for animal Fodder:
1. Barley or Sorghum for animal fodder.
2. Name of exporter.
3. Weight of sack.
4. Country of production.
5. Date of...