Saudi Arabia - Country Commercial Guide
U.S. Export Controls

Includes the U.S. government export controls that companies need to abide by when exporting to this country.

Last published date: 2019-10-13

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) is charged with the implementation of U.S. export control policy on dual-use commodities, software, technology, and commodities on the Control Commodities List.  The sale of arms and ammunitions is managed through a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program of the U.S. Department of Defense.  The U.S. Military Training Mission (USMTM), a unit of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, provides training, advice and assistance to the Saudi Ministry of Defense in a variety of areas, including the management of the Kingdom’s Foreign Military Sales (FMS).

In addition to confirming the ultimate destination of exports to the KSA, U.S. exporters should ensure transactions do not involve any proscribed parties by consulting the U.S. Government’s consolidated export screening list at: https://www.trade.gov/consolidated-screening-list.  The Bureau of Industry and Security’s (BIS) Export Control Officer at the Consulate General in Dubai is available to assist U.S. and local firms with compliance in U.S. export controls.

All U.S. origin items with an ECCN other than EAR99 require a license for re-export to Sudan.  Most U.S. origin goods require a specific license to Iran however some items are eligible for shipment to Iran under an existing OFAC general license.  These include mobile phones and accessories (for non-governmental entities), personal computers and accessories (for non-governmental entities), and most food and medicinal products. 

Specific details can be found on OFAC’s website and these are subject to change.
Shipments of U.S. origin goods are even more restrictive to Syria and nearly all items will require a specific license.  U.S. exporters may contact the nearest Office of Export Enforcement for guidance prior to export. https://www.bis.doc.gov/index.php/enforcement/oee/investigations
https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/faqs/Sanctions/Pages/faq_iran.aspx
https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/Programs/pages/syria.aspx