LeadingF Gain CB Certificate and Apply SABER System for Saudi Market

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LeadingF Co., LTD. owns CB certificate and report to help clients applying SABER system in Saudi Market. 

No worry about the clearance issues of the old SASO certificate is no working anymore. 

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Exporters and importers: will the new SABER system impact your business?

The SABER system is a new mandatory importer-based computer system facilitating online certification of imports into Saudi Arabia. The long-term plan is for SABER to become the only system for clearing goods through Saudi customs and replace the SASO COC. All shipments arriving into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will require a Product CoC and a Shipment CoC to be issued through SABER.

What products need to be processed through SABER?

Product types and categories will be gradually introduced into SABER in order to provide a smooth transition to the new system and ensure there are no delays in trade or shipments into KSA. Once the product type becomes mandatory on SABER then SASO COC can no longer be issued for that product type.

Timeline of SABER system announcements by SASO

17th June 2019: SASO announces the fourth phase of products being implemented onto SABER including Self Balancing Boards (Scooters), Barriers for Trucks & Trailers, Degradable plastic products, Electrical Batteries and Paints (Dyes) and Varnishes. Certified bodies must stop issuing SASO on affected products from August 1st, with a clearance deadline at customs of August 15th 2019.

6th May 2019: SASO announces the third phase of products being implemented onto SABER including Building Materials Parts I, II, III & IV and Technical Regulations for Electrical Lifts. Certified bodies must stop issuing SASO for these products from June 1st with the clearance deadline at customs of June 15th. From June 15th all products affected must be cleared using SABER.

4th March 2019: SASO confirms that in preparation for the addition of Toys, Low Voltage Electricals & Lubricating Oils to the SABER system that all certified bodies must stop issuing SASO certificates for these items from 15th March 2019.

11th February 2019: 
SASO Announces that Children’s toys, Low Voltage Electricals & Lubricating Oils are to become mandatory through SABER system on 1st April 2019 after which they can no longer be suitable for clearance with a SASO COC.

20th January 2019: 
SASO announces that it is now only mandatory for Gas Appliances and their accessories to be cleared through SABER system. All other product types may still be cleared using SASO COC. SASO advises that the other Technical Regulations will be implemented in stages on dates to be confirmed in the near future.

1st January 2019: 
SASO Launches SABER System.

Various dates throughout 2018:
 SASO conducts various small trials of the new system and consults with large importers to ensure system will be efficient and suitable.


Implementation DateExample of Products processed by SABERRelevant Technical Regulation
January 2019Cooking Stoves, LPG Heaters, Pressure Regulators, Leakage Alarm Systems, Gas Supply Hoses, Valves for Gas Cylinders etc.M.A.-156-16-04-04
Technical Regulation for Gas Appliances and their Accessories
April 1st 2019All Children’s ToysBD-131704-01
Technical Regulation for Children’s Toys
April 1st 2019Electric Fans, Toasters, Hair Dressing Apparatus, Food Grinders/Mixers, Plugs/Sockets etc.BD-142004-01
Technical Regulation for Low Voltage Electrical Equipment and Appliances
April 1st 2019Lubricating Oils for internal combustion engines, Lubricants, Industrial Oils and Related Products, Automatic Transmission Fluid etc.S. V-155-16-03-01
Technical Regulation of Lubricating Oils
June 1st 2019Metals & Alloys used in construction (Part I)M.A-156-16-03-01
June 1st 2019Insulation and cladding material for walls, ceilings and floors (Building Materials – Part 2)M.A-156-16-03-02
June 1st 2019Hydraulic Binders (cement, gypsum, Building Limes), concrete, and derivatives (Building Materials – Part 3)M.A-161-17-07-02
June 1st 2019Sanitary Ware, Tiles, Bricks, Blocks & related products (Building Materials – Part 4)M.A-161-17-07-03
June 1st 2019Lift Elevator System & similar systemsM.A-161-17-07-05
August 1st 2019Electrical ScootersM.A-155-16-03-04
August 1st 2019Barriers for Trucks and TrailersM.A-161-17-07-04
August 1st 2019Degradable Plastic ProductsM.A-156-16-03-03
August 1st 2019Various BatteriesM.A-166-18-04-02
August 1st 2019Paints, Dyes and VarnishesM.A-155-16-03-03

* Last updated: 4th July 2019

Are SASO certificates still valid for shipments to Saudi Arabia?

SASO certificates can still be issued for most products. As SASO gradually introduces product types to the mandatory SABER list, the number of products still suitable for SASO COC will decrease.

For this reason, it is paramount that all importers are fully prepared for SABER and the change to the new system. To clarify which system is required for your product please contact XDS Solutions today for the latest update and how to manage the switch.

Features of the new SABER system

  • Products registration and approval online

  • Electronic access to Certificates of Conformity

  • Speeding up of the issuance process

  • Reduction of fraud and manipulation

  • Additional consumer protection by eliminating non-conforming products


Benefits of the SABER system

SABER benefits importers by speeding up the issuance process of electronic Certificates of Conformity for your imported products, also delivering the following benefits:

  • Reduced time to import products with Saudi customs checks aiming to be under 24 hours

  • Linking of your product approval to the electronic Certificate of Conformity throughout the product registration validity


The three stages of SABER when fully implemented

There are three stages of the SABER process, all of which fall under the responsibility of the importer.

Stage 1: Importer needs to set up their own account and add all of the products on the system they wish to import.

Stage 2: Importer needs to apply for product certificates and approval (these are valid for a year).

Stage 3: Importer needs to upload invoice and apply for shipment cert (COC).


How will the SABER system changes affect me?

The implementation of the SABER system will create a shift in who is responsible for arranging the customs clearance of the goods. It is now the responsibility of the importing company based in Saudi Arabia to register their company, products and shipments on the system.