Some Saudi industries are protected by the
imposition of 20% import duties on certain commodities. Most
consumer goods, however, are duty-free. Other items carry duties of
12% of the total cost, which includes insurance and freight.
In line with Saudi government directives and
in order to assist Saudi business, contractors must buy equipment
and materials from a Saudi importer or manufacturer. If supplies are
not available locally, the contractors are allowed to import from
foreign sources. Tariff rates vary from zero to 4%.
Items which are produced in the Kingdom,
such as aluminium or wooden frames, are assessed at an import tariff
of 20%. In most cases, however, contracts provide for the import of
supplies and machinery duty-free.
Goods are usually cleared quickly through
customs at Saudi seaports. Original export documents should be
stamped and attested to by Saudi consular authorities in the country
of origin. This will make clearing customs far easier.