If you wanted to zero in on the most important consideration of the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO) in its development of Saudi Arabia’s national standards, the key word would undoubtedly be “quality.”
In accordance with Saudi Arabia’s “Vision of Quality 2020,” SASO has developed a series of “quality regulations” and procedures for various sectors such as education, healthcare and especially imports--even going so far as to create “awards in the field of quality” for each sector.
Indeed, the notion of quality, in its multiple aspects, is of particular importance to products imported into the Saudi market. For SASO, this means protecting public health and safety, safeguarding the environment and bolstering the Saudi economy, along with its reputation as the regional leader in production standards.
With these aims in mind, the organization has imposed demanding standards for foreign exporters to follow. Some of these standards were created from scratch, and some adopted and adapted from other organizations: like SASO’s “Electric Motor Standard,” which utilizes the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) specifications with an emphasis on energy efficiency.
Considering how much Saudi Arabia relies on imported goods, it is worth taking every compliance step seriously, ensuring that your company can establish and maintain footing in this hungry market.
The Saudi import market now averages about $130 billion annually. The products brought into the country are diverse, but demand is dominated by machinery, EEE, vehicles and base metals.
Probably the fastest growing market consists of materials meant for jewelry, like gold, gemstones and precious metals. Combined with imitation materials, these items saw an import increase of nearly 248% from 2009 to 2014.
The United States and China account for a quarter of all imports into Saudi Arabia
In 2016, the U.S. exported about $18 billion to Saudi Arabia and has seen a rise in annual exports upward of 130% since 2006. China is on par with the U.S. here, having delivered nearly $19 billion in goods in 2016 alone.
With this concentrated level of production, companies and their suppliers are under a lot of pressure to meet demand and stay competitive within their own market. Keeping an eye on production and factory standards is essential to consistently producing goods guaranteed to satisfy their market.
Before your product can enter the Saudi market, it must successfully complete Third-Party testing by a Saudi-authorized organization in accordance with Saudi or Saudi-adopted national standards.
Once completed, you will be issued a Certification of Conformance (SASO CoC) by the authorized testing service in the product’s country of origin. This certificate guarantees that your product will successfully clear Saudi customs and can be put on the market.
As a “Registered Body” authorized by the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI) to issue SASO CoCs, AI offers Testing Services and technical expertise for every kind of product, along with product inspections at the source, lab testing for your merchandize, and audits for your and your vendor’s production capacities.
The Saudi government’s stringent standards are not limited to products imported into the country. Saudi-authorized services like AI are also subject to annual review by SASO authorities; as well as assessments based on complaints or other technical discrepancies which might bring the competency of the registered body into question.
AI has maintains its status as a SASO “Registered Body” and has done so through strict adherence to all applicable testing standards, organized lab management and worldwide inspector coverage.
Make sure your SASO Certification Service shares your commitment to making the growing and diversifying Saudi market.
Our online platform and mobile application make it easy for you to schedule SASO Certification tests and receive your results at any time. Book new tests, view pending orders, and access results from your mobile device. Our online platform provides valuable supply chain insights, including a summary of your QC activity, all of your supplier’s quality stats, industry benchmarking data, and more.
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