Saudi Arabia - Country Commercial Guide
Import Requirements and Documentation

Includes import documentation and other requirements for both the U.S. exporter and foreign importer.

Last published date: 2022-02-24

Saudi Arabia’s Zakat, Tax, and Customs Authority requires importers to present a commercial invoice, a bill of lading, and a certificate of origin to import goods into the Kingdom. The importer is also required to present additional documents for certain imports.   For example, the importer would be required to present an IECEE certificate for goods that require this certificate as well as proof of registration(s) of products with the concerned parties if necessary.  To check whether there are conditions specific to each product, companies importing goods into the Kingdom can search for the product they want to import to check which conditions apply with the help of the Customs Tariff or by consulting a customs broker. 

Importers are also required to complete the “Fasah” platform clearing procedures by presenting the necessary documents and completing the customs declaration form at least 48 hours prior to the arrival of the shipment at the port of entry.  Importers can submit this information directly into Fasha at http://www.fasah.sa or with the help of a customs broker as soon as the necessary documents are available.  Via the Fasah platform, the importer can track the shipment in Customs or before its arrival as soon as the customs declaration form is completed, as well as receive instant notifications.

The Saudi Arabian Government requires that U.S. chambers of commerce perform the authentication of shipping documents.  For more information, visit https://www.customs.gov.sa/en/general/import-instructions.  Additional information and certification may be obtained from the National U.S. Arab Chamber of Commerce.