Thursday, 29 October 2015

New customs regulations for import of IMDG cargo into Saudi Arabia

Dear Valued Customer,

We would like to inform you that, with effect from 13 November 2015, ports in Saudi Arabia will not allow the discharge of any chemicals in the port except for shipments that have been pre-cleared by the customs authorities.

The clearance permission procedure must be completed before arrival of the chemicals in the port, with delivery to the consignee within a period not exceeding 3 working days from the date of completion of the local customs formalities. A pre-clearance form must be obtained from the shipper or consignee and be submitted to the port with hazardous cargo manifests before the arrival of the ship.
Any chemical cargo that has not complied with the pre-clearance permission will be returned on the same ship.

Please be aware that this process is not covered by MOL DG acceptance and that the shipper/consignee is responsible for arranging customs clearance prior to discharge in Saudi Arabia. Should discharge of the cargo be refused, additional costs incurred in return of the cargo will be charged to the shipper.

Please find attached the translated letter of the Jeddah port authority (although regulation is applicable for all Saudi Arabian ports).

If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact your local sales office.

Contact details can be found on our website

Yours faithfully,

MOL Management