January 30, 2021
SABER is a mandatory requirement for companies registered in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) who will import products for trade or use. The SABER portal 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 Arabian 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.
Implementing the SABER system regulations will create a shift in who is responsible for arranging the customs clearance of the goods. It is now the importing company's responsibility based in Saudi Arabia (KSA) to register their company, products, and shipments on the SABER portal.
Users of the SABER system are experiencing rejected files. Although the system may appear simple to use, the enforced technical regulations are more difficult to comply with than the SASO COC. Many have found that payments are non-refundable when a file is rejected. Crane Worldwide Logistics in Saudi Arabia can support you and will pre-assess all files before any payments have been made, meaning you can be 100% sure of compliance before taking the risk of losing money.
Saudi Arabia works off its own 12-digit HS codes. The Saudi HS code of the product dictates what technical regulations need to be complied with and whether SASO or SABER is required. Many 6 to 8 digit international HS codes do not always match the SA 2 digit HS Code. Nine out of ten times, HS codes need to be closely reassessed to identify your products' right code. This can become very complicated. XDS is on hand to support you in determining the correct HS code.
The SABER system has two categories that every product will be categorized upon, which are regulated and non-regulated. Previously, only regulated cargo had to be registered on SABER. Effective 1st January 2021, SABER has made it mandatory to have non-regulated products also registered, so now all imported cargo should be registered.
How do you get a Saber certificate? Crane Worldwide Logistics in Saudi Arabia has a dedicated SABER system desk to support your incoming shipments into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to help with SABER registration. If you are exporting to Saudi Arabia, please don't hesitate to reach out to the Crane Worldwide team in Saudi Arabia for further information about the SABER system and how we can help.
Learn more abour SABER Saudi Arabia, for further detail you can also contact our Saudi Arabia location here