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Saudi Arabia

Considerations prior to updating of establishment details (added 3 June 2021)

The following should be considered prior to updating establishment details:

  • When an establishment notifies the Department of an administrative change (that is, a change of occupier, company name, address, or in some instances product specific changes), the Department amends the establishment record in the system.
  • The establishment's amended details will appear on applicable export documentation including health certification from the date that the Department amends the establishment record
  • When relevant changes are made to an establishment's details, the Department will advise trading partners that maintain establishment lists of the change of details; however, the Department is unable to guarantee a timeframe as to when trading partners will update the establishment's overseas listing details they maintain. This means that there may be a period in which export certification issued by the Department does not match the trading partner's official published listing, which may result in clearance issues at the port of entry.
  • Establishments should be aware that their ability to export to some countries may be impacted during this transition period and may include issues with goods in transit.
  • Exporters and manufacturers are encouraged to check that their establishment's details are recorded accurately where they appear on trading partners' lists and to contact the Department if errors are found.

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General conditions

1. General conditions for edible non-prescribed goods

1.1. Prohibited

Unless specified within the commodity list below, the Department is unaware of any prohibited edible non-prescribed goods* for export to Saudi Arabia.

1.2. Conditions

Unless specified within the commodity list below, the Department is unaware of any specific requirement for edible non-prescribed goods* for export to Saudi Arabia.

*Importing country requirements for some non-prescribed goods that contain meat, fish, dairy or egg products and animal by-products are covered on the relevant meat, dairy, fish or eggs sections of Micor. You should check for importing country requirements there.

2. General conditions for inedible non-prescribed goods

2.1. Prohibited

Unless specified within the commodity list below, the Department is unaware of any prohibited inedible non-prescribed goods* for export to Saudi Arabia.

2.2. Conditions

Unless specified within the commodity list below, the Department is unaware of any specific requirement for inedible non-prescribed goods* for export to Saudi Arabia.

*Importing country requirements for some non-prescribed goods that contain meat, fish, dairy or egg products and animal by-products are covered on the relevant meat, dairy, fish or eggs sections of Micor. You should check for importing country requirements there.

Specific goods

Processed foods

1. Preconditions for market access

2. Documentation requirements

2.1 Government certification

The Health Certificate for Assorted Foods (AFSA1) with endorsement 5201 is to be used for processed foods when requested by Saudi authorities. This is in place of the EX188B.

Endorsement 5201

The food products are safe and fit for human consumption. The food product(s) was handled at an establishment that has been subjected to inspections by the competent authority and/or officially recognised body and implements a food safety management system based on HACCP principles or an equivalent system.

3. Other requirements

4. Exemptions granted by importing country

The Department is not aware of any exemptions being granted by Saudi Arabia. Exporters are encouraged to confirm if any exemptions apply by contacting their importer or, if needed, the relevant Saudi Arabian government authority.

Edible apiculture products

1. Preconditions for market access

1.1 Import permit

Exporters should ensure that their importer complies with any requirements to obtain a permit for imports into Saudi Arabia.

1.2 Listing and audit
Alert

The Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) has informed the Department of a new listing requirement for the export of honey and honey products to Saudi Arabia which took effect on 1 June 2021.

Further information can be found in MAA 2020-15.

Listing and audit procedureRequired?
AuditNot required
Listing ‒ Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment Establishment Register (ER)Required – Honey processing establishments
Listing – Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA)Required – Honey processing establishments
Honey processing establishment listing

Honey processing establishments wishing to export honey and/or edible apiculture products (honey products) to Saudi Arabia must be listed on the Department's Establishment Register (ER) and listed on the Saudi Food and Drug Authority's (SFDA) List of approved Establishments for the Export of Honey and its products to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The list of Australian honey processors approved to export to Saudi Arabia can be found on the SFDA's website.

The Department notes that consignments of honey and apiculture products from processors not listed by the SFDA will not be allowed entry into Saudi Arabia.

Listing process

In order to gain listing for the export of honey and/or edible apiculture products to Saudi Arabia, honey processing establishments are required to complete and submit the following document to the Department via NPGExports.agriculture.gov.au

  • Application for Export Listing with the Department for honey and honey products to Saudi Arabia (DOCX 25 KB | PDF 159 KB)

Honey processing establishments should confirm that they have been added to the SFDA's approved establishment list prior to exporting.

1.3 Prohibited products

Saudi Arabia prohibits the import of honey and bee products from affected regions or countries with regards to disease as stipulated by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) or the World Health Organization (WHO) or any other organizations, or in which a ban or suspension decision was issued by the Saudi Food and Drug Authority. Honey and bee products are only allowed to be imported from countries and establishments approved by the Saudi Food and Drug Authority.

It is not permitted to re-export honey and bee products from a country other than its country of origin to Saudi Arabia. In addition, the source of honey is to be from facilities of countries approved by the Saudi Food and Drug Authority.

2. Documentation requirements

2.1 Government certification
Honey and other bee products for human consumption

Honey exported to Saudi Arabia must be accompanied by a HSA1 (manual certificate) with endorsement 5148.

Additional endorsement 5148

"The product/s described above;

  • comes from an establishment (s) implementing a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) Program.
  • have been handled, prepared, packaged and stored in a hygienic manner.
  • is/are fit for human consumption.

Honey and bee products shall comply with maximum residue limits for residues of pesticides and veterinary drugs for honey established by Codex Alimentarius Commission or, in the absence of a Codex MRL, conforms to the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code.

The honey either:

  1. comes from apiaries situated in a country or zone free from Aethina tumida; the free zone is an area of at least 100km radius, which is not subject to any restrictions associated with the occurrence of the small hive beetle (A. tumida); or
  2. has been strained through a filter with a pore size of between 0.2mm and 0.42mm to ensure the destruction of A. tumida; or
  3. has been frozen at a core temperature of minus 12 degrees Celcius or less for at least 24 hours.

The honey comes from apiaries which are supervised and controlled by the relevant government authority and all precautions have been taken to prevent contamination with A. tumida."

2.2 Supporting documents and exporter declarations

General mandatory documents for clearing honey and its products, which must be submitted to the authority at the port of entry.

NoDocument (paper/ electronic)Comment
1Bill of EntryApply via "Fasah" platform
2Origin CertificateA document issued from the country of shipment or manufacture
3Commercial invoice
A document from the exporting company
4Packing listA document from the exporting company
5Bill of ladingA document from the transporting company
6Health CertificateAttached to the conditions and requirements for importing food to the Kingdom
7A copy of the export validity certificate for Gulf foodstuffs and productsProducts of Gulf origin
8Certificate of conformityOptional for all states

Mandatory for some countries, according to Saudi Food & Drug Authority

A manufacturing declaration with supporting documents such as copy of production records and quality system, and temperature graph records.

For further information contact ExportStandards.agriculture.gov.au

3. Other requirements

Other than the following additional requirements, the Department is not aware of other requirements for Saudi Arabia. Exporters are encouraged to confirm if any other requirements apply by contacting their importer or, if needed, the relevant Saudi Arabian government authority.

Packaging

The sizes of the packages of honey and bee products intended for human consumption should not exceed 2 kilograms, with the exception of products for the purpose of manufacturing and repackaging in local factories.

4. Exemptions granted by the importing country

The Department is not aware of any exemptions being granted by Saudi Arabia. Exporters are encouraged to confirm if any exemptions apply by contacting their importer or, if needed, the Saudi Arabian government authority.

Latest updates

29/07/2021 - Update to Edible apiculture products - alert, link to SFDA's website, supporting documentation and 'Packaging' section added (Section 1.2, 1.3, 2.2, 3).
29/04/2021 - Updates to the requirements of establishment listing for importing honey and honey products to Saudi Arabia.
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Last updated: 28/09/2022 5:19 PMCreated: 17/08/2020 9:32 AM