With an eye on product safety and efficiency, Saudi Arabia’s Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO) has developed and adopted international standards as their own for products made in or imported into the Kingdom.
Safety and efficiency are of particular concern for the country’s rising vehicle market. For overseas manufacturers of automotive parts, this growth brings great opportunities--provided they can comply with SASO’s rigorous standards.
Even with falling oil prices, there is strong incentive to take the Saudi automotive market seriously, as the desire for personal vehicles in the country has not slowed:
Several factors contribute to the Saudi Kingdom’s high demand for imported auto parts.
Saudi Arabia has a growing population and a strong economy.
Pair that with numerous banks and private finance companies in competition to issue car loans, and you have a very favorable environment for car buyers.
The Saudi auto parts manufacturing industry is still very small.
Especially in comparison to the number of vehicles in circulation. The United States auto parts export totals to Saudi Arabia went from $274 million in 2009 to $336 million in 2014.
Most used auto parts cannot be imported into Saudi Arabia.
Reconditioned engine and transmission parts are allowed, provided they travel with the requisite SASO CoC, but the emphasis here is on the production of new--and better quality--products which adhere to newer, tougher standards.
Deserts destroy car batteries.
Triple digit climates have a way of shortening the lifespan of an average car battery by nearly a third. Desert climates will also shorten the life of parts like air conditioners, windshield wipers, air filters and tires.
The most alarming fact about automotive life in Saudi Arabia is its high level of traffic accidents. Officers from the interior ministry claim that there are about 460,000 auto accidents every year--an average of one per minute. The government is trying to address this solution through better traffic light infrastructure and stronger safety standards for cars and spare parts.
As one Saudi auto dealer puts it: “Many accidents and problems plaguing vehicles in the Kingdom stem from product deficiencies that cannot be identified without accurate scientific methodology.” As part of the efforts to improve road safety in Saudi Arabia, over 100 SASO standards pertaining to tires and spare parts have already been introduced.
There is real opportunity in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for manufacturers of such products as:
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