Saudi Arabia - Country Commercial Guide
Local Professional Services

Provides references to local service providers and other professional associations.

Last published date: 2019-10-13

There are several business service providers (BSPs) in Saudi Arabia offering various services to foreign and domestic firms alike.  The U.S. Commercial Service in Saudi Arabia maintains a list of such BSPs on its website; these local “BSPs” pay a nominal fee for the annual listing.  The websites of the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh, as well as U.S. Consulates in Dhahran and Jeddah, provide access to various business-support networks, including lawyers, translators, and other services that offer their professional services to U.S. exporters and investors interested in Saudi Arabia. 

Principle Business Associations

Some important business entities to keep in mind:

  • Council of Saudi Chambers of Commerce
  • Riyadh Chamber of Commerce

  • Eastern Province Chamber of Commerce

  • Jeddah Chamber of Commerce

  • American Business Group of Riyadh (ABGR)

  • U.S. Saudi Business Council

  • Ministry of Finance Government Procurement Portal

Limitations on Selling U.S. Products and Services

The importation of certain articles is either prohibited or requires special approval from competent authorities. Importing the following products requires special approval by Saudi authorities: agricultural seeds and live animals; books, periodicals, movies, and tapes; religious books and tapes; chemicals and harmful materials; pharmaceutical products; wireless equipment and radio-controlled model airplanes; products containing alcohol (e.g., perfume); natural asphalt; and archaeological artifacts. 

There are health and sanitation regulations for all imported foods.  For beef and poultry imported from the United States, Saudi Arabia has agreed to recognize a two-certificate approach: (1) an official Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) export certificate issued for beef and poultry, and (2) a producer or manufacturer self-certification to cover any additional requirements not related to food safety or animal health issues, such as animal protein-free feed declaration.  The government has also agreed that any maximum residue requirements for synthetic hormones in animal products would be consistent with international standards. Companies can request a copy of the labeling requirements by contacting the Saudi Arabia Standards Organization (SASO) at telephone (966-11) 452-0132 or fax (966-11) 452-0196.

Saudi law prohibits importation of the following products: weapons, alcohol, narcotics, pork and pork products, pornographic materials, distillery equipment, retreaded or used tires, used clothing and certain sculptures.   For additional information, please review requirements on the SASO and Saudi Customs web sites.


Web Resources

U.S. Embassy’s and Consulates’ websites in Saudi Arabia: