Saudi Arabia

Information about transport Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is an important trading partner for Europe. Together with the United Arab Emirates, it is the largest market in the Middle East. TCI Carriers offers the following services for all your shipments (export, import, cross trades and the preparation of customs documents):

  • Sea Freight – LCL shipments
  • Sea Freight – FCL shipments
  • Air Freight

Required transport documents for export and import Saudi Arabia

  • Commercial invoice: Customs clearance of goods requires an invoice, preferably in triplicate. This must be prepared on the headed paper of the exporting company.
  • Certificates of origin: A certificate of origin is always required. A certificate of origin can be requested at the Chamber of Commerce.
  • Transport documents: B/L or Air Waybill
  • Manufacturer’s declaration: An importer may require a separate manufacturer’s declaration. This can be authenticated by the Chamber of Commerce.
  • Authentications: All export documents must be authorised by the Chamber of Commerce.
  • Packing lists: A packing list should provide an accurate overview of the individual packages, including brand, numbers, gross and net weight and content.
  • Single Administrative Document: The Single Administrative Document (SAD) is a standard form for, inter alia, declaring exports with the customs authorities. We can digitally submit the declaration on your behalf.
  • Certificate of Conformity: The Certificate of Conformity (COC) is required for all goods entering Saudi Arabia.
  • Other documents:
    Consignments under letter of credit: For consignments under letter of credit the following certificates may be required by the importer: appended declaration to bill of lading, appended declaration to insurance company and appended declaration to certificate of origin.

PLEASE NOTE: The required documents may be subject to change. We recommend that you contact your representative prior to shipping in order to check the proper documents

Source: National Entrepreneurs Office (RvO).

Saudi Arabia Facts & Figures

Saudi Arabia consists largely of desert and is well known for its prosperous economy. The country has vast quantities of petroleum (black gold). Saudi Arabia is home to the two most important holy places of Islam: Mecca and Medina. Non-Muslims are forbidden to enter these cities. The skyline of Saudi Arabia is made up mostly of skyscrapers and mosques. Saudi Arabia has a long coastline with wide sandy beaches, and you can also find dromedaries on these beaches. The Red Sea is excellent for scuba diving among colourful fish and coral reefs.

  • Official name: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Continent: Asia
  • Size: 2,149,690 km²
  • Capital city: Riyadh
  • Major ports: Dammam, Riyadh, Jeddah
  • Population: 28,376,355 inhabitants (2010)
  • Form of government: Absolute monarchy (Kingdom)
  • Highest point: 3,133 m (Jabal Sawda)


Saudi Arabia’s economy

The economy is dominated by the oil sector. This accounts for approximately 40% of the GDP, 75% of government revenues and more than 90% of export earnings. The petrochemical industry is expanding steadily and is mostly fuelled by gas that is released during petroleum extraction. The industrial sector is mainly based on the abundant availability of cheap energy. The government uses oil revenues partly for financing a programme in the field of infrastructure in the broadest sense, as well as for industrial and agricultural sectors. At the same time, the government heavily invests in the education and health sectors and part of the oil revenues are spent on building up the armed forces. Following the oil crises of 1973 and 1979, the financing of these objectives was no longer restricted thanks to oil price increases. However, falling oil prices since the mid-80s caused budgetary problems and rising debts

Due to strong price fluctuations in the oil market, the policy has long been focused on diversifying the economy and control of fluctuations in oil prices. The low prices of crude oil and increased spending on the welfare state and defence resulted to a stagnation of economic growth in the 90s. Thanks to the high oil prices since 2003 and the associated sharp rise in revenues for the treasury, growth has once again experienced a spectacular increase. Trade also produces significant earnings for the country.


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