Penalty for failure to indicate "Country of Origin" with permanent markings on packages/cartons/boxes on cargo destined to Saudi Arabia
27 February 2009
Dear Valued Customer:
From 1 March 2009, the Saudi Port Authority will require all cargo destined to Saudi Arabia to have permanent markings stating the "Country of Origin" on every package, carton and box. These markings can be engraved, printed or affixed by means of non removable stickers. Indicating the geographical region of origin (eg. European Union/Europe) does not satisfy this new requirement. The "Country of Origin" has to be clearly stated and spelt out in full.
Strict enforcement by the Saudi Port Authority is expected. Failure to comply may result in the cargo being returned to the country of origin. Penalties may also be imposed.
Please ensure that your shipments to Saudi Arabia comply with this requirement to avoid incurring additional expenses and penalties.
Do not hesitate to contact your local Customer Service or APL representative if you require additional information.
Thank you for your understanding.