Saudi Arabia - Country Commercial Guide
Medical Devices

This is a best prospect industry sector for this country. Includes a market overview and trade data.

Last published date: 2019-10-13

The Saudi market for medical equipment is estimated at just under $2 billion and is growing annually at roughly 10 percent.  Greater awareness of health issues and a growing consumption of healthcare services sustain a strong market for medical equipment.  Saudi Arabia is encouraging and offering a number of incentives for domestic manufacturing for these devices and instruments but currently manufactures low-value commodities such as bandages, gloves, syringes and furniture. Imports represent approximately 98 percent of the market, with American products accounting for 21 percent of total imports.

Opportunities

        Emergency Room Equipment

        Rehabilitation Equipment

        Diagnostic Equipment

        Electro-Medical Equipment

        Orthopedic, Dental Appliances, and Prosthesis

        Glucometers

        Implants

The public sector dominates the supply of healthcare services in Saudi Arabia and accounts for the majority of healthcare expenditures. When a project becomes available, the National Unified Company for Medical Supplies (NUPCO) is responsible for centralized procurement, warehousing, distribution, and re-exporting of pharmaceuticals, medical equipment and supplies for the benefit of all public hospitals and healthcare facilities. NUPCO selects bidders from a list of prequalified/known companies and invites them to bid for that particular project.

Although American exporters are not required to appoint a local Saudi agent or distributor to sell to Saudi companies, it is strongly recommended that all new-to-market U.S. companies consider partnering with a local company for the purposes of monitoring business opportunities, navigating import and standard testing regulations, and identifying public sector sales and contract opportunities. 

Medical Equipment and Supply Trade with Saudi Arabia ($ Billion)

NAICS

FLOW

2015

2016

2017

2018

JAN-MAY

 

3391—MEDICAL EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES

EXPORTS

248,341,015

166,464,249

162,465,676

78,719,200

339112—SURGICAL & MEDICAL INSTRUMENTS

EXPORTS

117,801,687

74,183,721

80,841,229

42,182,660

339113—SURGICAL APPLIANCES & SUPPLIES

EXPORTS

92,700,258

69,156,244

61,924,680

27,631,100

339115—OPHTHALMIC GOODS

EXPORTS

18,343,731

9,120,651

9,303,545

3,783,480

3391—MEDICAL EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES

IMPORTS

13,976

189,990

136,819

0

339115—OPHTHALMIC GOODS

IMPORTS

8,480

3,500

7,891

0

339113—SURGICAL APPLIANCES & SUPPLIES

IMPORTS

3,000

130,381

0

0

339112—SURGICAL & MEDICAL INSTRUMENTS

IMPORTS

2,496

3,060

128,928

0

Source: United States Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, Foreign Trade Division

Web Resources

Saudi government Web links:

Ministry of Health

Saudi Food and Drug Administration

General Investment Authority

Saudi Commission for Health Specialties

Saudi Health Council

Council of Cooperative Health Council

Events:

Global Health Exhibition, September 10-12, 2019, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Arab Health, January 27 – 30, 2020, Dubai, UAE