Saudi Arabia: Export (product-based)
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Animal products: Meat
- For importation of meat shipped fresh or frozen, a health certification (e.g., meat inspection certificate) issued by the government of the country of export is required.
Meat must be free of filth, and must be deemed fit for consumption by health officials in destination country before release for distribution. Meat that has been processed and packaged in such a way as to prevent spoilage during distribution, is subject to generally applicable requirements for importation of processed foods.
- Endangered species: Meat from animals protected under CITES may not be shipped for commercial purposes. In addition, particular countries may prohibit importation of particular species of meat and/or importation of meat from particular countries due to concerns over disease, with such prohibitions varying and subject to change on very short notice. Important: Some countries have additional protected species that are not listed.
- Particular countries may prohibit importation of particular species of meat and/or importation of meat from particular countries due to concerns over disease, with such prohibitions varying and subject to change on very short notice.
- Transportation: Meat that is temperature controlled cargo (either chill or freeze) must arrive in the destination country with its specified temperature range maintained throughout the transportation. Meat that arrives out of temperature range, that was not maintained continuously at specified temperature, or has spoiled as determined by health officials in the country of import, will be condemned, requiring destruction, or else downgraded (e.g., limited to animal consumption, or requiring treatment to kill bacteria before distribution).
- Terrorist threats to food supply: Many nations have implemented measures to protect its human and animal food supply from terrorist sabotage. These measures may require pre-importation registration of the supplier, packer and/or supplier, additional supplier documentation and notice of each shipment within a specified time period prior to shipment and/or importation.
(Last updated on 2016-11-25)
Exporters should be aware that cosmetics are import-regulated in many countries with respect to:
- Safety: A typically required import admissibility document is a free sale certificate, or the equivalent, which is issued by the government or a recognized chamber of commerce in the country of export.
- Some countries ban the use of certain ingredients in cosmetics.
- Labeling: Ingredients must typically be listed on label along with safe application and use, known health risks and symptoms which indicate discontinuance of use or medical attention, and general consumer goods labeling requirements (e.g., required languages, name of manufacturer or distributor and contact information).
- Intellectual property: Counterfeit items and/or labeling is against the law and will often result in seizure by customs.
- Gray market goods restrictions: Importer may have to provide evidence of right to distribute within country of import and such documentation should be provided before exportation.
For these reasons, it is very important for an exporter to check requirements with a prospective importer before concluding the product sale and certainly before shipping product.
(Last updated on 2019-07-22)
Textiles, apparel and other textile articles (general)
Textiles and textile articles to be exported must generally meet the following criteria:
- Sanitary condition: Must be free of filth and insects.
- Used textile products may be restricted or prohibited.
- Labeling: Varies by import country, but typical requirements for apparel and certain other manufactured products:
- Fiber content
- Origin country
- For consumer and general distribution end-items, required language(s), name of manufacturer or distributor and how to contact, care & cleaning instructions.
- Intellectual property issues: Counterfeit labeled goods are generally prohibited and subject to seizure by Customs.
- Gray market goods restrictions: Importer may have to provide evidence of right to distribute a particular brand within country of import, and such documentation should be provided before exportation.
- Note: For these products, it is very important for an exporter to check requirements with a prospective importer before concluding the product sale and certainly before shipping product.
Refer to challenges faced by Uganda textile industry in accession to Duty Free trade to the USA market under the AGOA (African Growth & Opportunity Act).
(Last updated on 2022-12-27)
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