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The Royal Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia Fact File
Country name Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Population 27.6 million July 2007 estimate
Languages Arabic [official], English [Commercial]
Currency Saudi Riyal [SR] = 100 Halalas
Official Religion Islam
Capital Riyadh
Business Hours Government Offices & States Enterprises:
07:30 to 14:30 [Saturday to Wednesday]
Banks: 08:00 to 12:00 and 17:00 to 20:00 [Saturday to Wednesday]
08:00 to 12:00 [Thursday]
Commercial Offices: Varies from business to business and from city to city. Hours are reduced during Ramadhan
Embassy requirements and legalisation fees
All shipments to Saudi Arabia must be covered by an Arab-Irish Certificate of Origin and along with an Invoice must be certified by the JA-ICC. If legalisation is required, then our Chamber will arrange legalisation by the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Dublin.
Any Certificate which does not relate to a shipment e.g Certificate of Free Sale must be stamped by the Department of Foreign Affairs before our Chamber can certify and/or legalise same. Our Chamber can provide this service on behalf of customers.
Health Certificates are required for food, meat and poultry consignments and also for plants products, fruit & vegetables and seeds.
All foodstuffs of European Origin must have a Health Certificate to state that the products are Dioxin Free.
A Halal Certificate stating that slaughter was according to Muslim law must accompany fresh, frozen meat and poultry.
Beverages, canned, chilled or frozen poultry, or by-products, of EU origin [except Belgium and Germany] must accompanied by a Health Certificate issued by a Health Authority certifying that the products are free from MPA and Ostradiol hormones and are fit for human consumption. This must be certified by the JA-ICC.
Exporters are often required to submit a Radiation Certificate.
A Certificate of Conformity to Saudi Standards, or alternative, approved by standards where no Saudi ones exist, is required for a range of products mainly in the toys, electrical, electronics, automotive and chemical sectors. Some additional products outside these sectors are also included. For further information on this, please contact; Inspection Services Ltd., Tolka Quay Road, Dublin Port, Dublin 1. Tel: (01) 855 5585 - Email: operations@inspect.ie.
Fees
Certificate of Origin Free of Charge
Invoice Free of Charge
All other documents 20.00
The Chamber charge 20.00 per legalised Invoice or copy as an administration cost. Please note that all legalisation must be done through our Chamber in Dublin.
Council of Saudi Chambers of Commerce and Industry
Al-Dabab St.,
P.O.Box 16683,
Riyadh 11474,
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Tel.: (+966 1) 405 32 00
Fax: (+966 1) 402 47 47
https://www.saudichambers.org.sa
Federation of GCC Chambers
P.O.Box 2198,
31451 Damam,
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Tel.: (+966 3) 8355006
Fax: (+966 3) 8355007
https://www.fgccc.org
Please note that Embassies rules and regulations can and do change overnight. We bear no responsibility for any such changes. Any changes that do take place will be passed directly to our customers.
We regret that we cannot under any circumstances, intercede or take responsibility for any transactions initiated directly between an exporter and an Embassy.
The Joint Arab-Irish Chamber of Commerce [JA-ICC]: 60 Merrion Square, Dublin 2
Tel: + 353 1 662 4451 / 662 1577Fax: + 353 1 662 47 29Email:
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