- Purchase the complete Expat Arrivals Saudi Arabia Guide (PDF)
Shipping goods to Saudi Arabia can be expensive. The price is affected by shipping methods(ea or air freight), the size of the load, and how well insured it is. Since compounds often provide furnished accommodation and plenty of amenities, expats should think carefully about what needs to be shipped out – it may be very little indeed.
Additionally, Saudi Arabia has plenty of shopping opportunities to purchase goods so one can easily and cheaply purchase goods that may prove troublesome to ship over.
Shipping to Saudi Arabia
All shipped items must pass through customs and the appropriate forms should be completed by the sender. In Saudi Arabia, customs clearance depends on whether goods are either classified as documents with no commercial value or dutiable goods. Dutiable goods are taxed if they are valued over a certain amount.
The customs list of prohibited items includes but is not limited to alcohol and religious texts.
To ship a pet over one requires an import permit, vaccination certificate, health certificate, and the animal must be quarantined in a IATA approved kennel.
Otherwise, the large-scale shipping operations are well versed in the art of Saudi relocation and can readily answer any questions expats may have. FedEx and Four Winds Saudi Arabia Limited are reliable default options for this particular service.
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