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Prohibited and Restricted Products

Banned Export Products

Before exporting products, the entity must check whether the products are allowed for export, as there are several products that are banned from being exported according to the laws of Saudi Arabia. The table below shows a list of these products:

Table 1: List of banned products to export from Saudi Arabia:

Product Name Reason Authority
Zamzam Water ​Scarcity (product limitation) Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture
​Unpacked Water and Ice Conserving Water Resources Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture
Green Fodder of All Kinds of Animals Conserving Water Resources Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture
Vegetables ​Grown in Open Fields (Potatoes, Onions, Watermelons, and Pumpkins) as well as their Processed Products Conserving Water Resources Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture
Tomatoes, Olives and Grapes (cultivated in open fields) Conserving Water Resources Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture
Wheat, Barley, Corn and Other Grains Conserving Water Resources Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture
Wheat Flour ​Food Security + Subsidy Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture
Firewood and Charcoal Scarcity, Conservation and Environmental Causes Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture
Iron Scrap and Iron Blocks caused by Smelting Iron Scrap ​Input for Local Industry and the Weak Value Added when Exporting Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources​
Rend Sand and Gravel Environmental Reasons Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources​
​Cultural and Archaeological Property Protection of Culture and National Heritage

- ​Ministry of Culture

- General Authority for Tourism and National Heritage

Gas Filled and Empty Gas Cylinders of the National Gas & Industrial Company (GASCO) For Company Use Only National Gas and Industrialization Company (GASCO)
Paper Waste Containing Textbooks, Government Transactions, and Account Statements Security and Political Reasons ​Several Government Agencies
Books and Audiovisual Materials related to the Practice of Energy Therapy (Reiki) This Activity is not Authorized in the Kingdom because it is a Kind of Sorcery and is Useless​

- ​Ministry of Health

- General Organization for Technical and Vocational Training

Chemicals that Go Into Installing Explosives (To Yemen and Syria) Security and Political Reasons ​Ministry of Interior
​Yamaha Boat Engines ​Security and Social Reasons ​Ministry of Interior

Products Subjected to Authorization / Licensing

Before exporting, the entity must check if the products are allowed for export and if they require any special approvals in advance, as there are products that are restricted from being exported without a special permit issued by the entitled authorities. Table 2 shows a summary list of these products and its HS Codes, as well as the entitled authority that issues its permit in the Kingdom.

Table 2: Restricted products to export from Saudi Arabia

Product Name Restriction The Responsible Authority Export Requirements
Bottled Water Export License Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture Conditions and Controls (Specific Quantity for Each Factory, Specific Sizes and Packages as well as Export Fee)
​Livestock of All Kinds ​Export License ​- Ministry of Finance ​Support Recovery
​Poultry and Eggs ​Export License ​- Ministry of Finance ​Support Recovery
​All Imported Feed Inputs (Corn, Soybean, Barley, Sorghum ... etc.) ​Export License ​Ministry of Finance ​Support Recovery
​Seedling, Seeds and Fertilizers ​Export License ​Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture ​Laboratory Conditions, Procedures and Examination
​All Vegetables Grown in Controlled Projects ​Export Permission ​Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture ​Conditions, Procedures and Controls
​Fish and Aquaculture Project Products and Ornamental Fish ​Export Permission ​- Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture ​Health Conditions, Controls and Certification
- - Food and Drug General Authority
​Animal Skins ​Export Permission ​Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture ​Issuing Health Certificates
​All Kinds of Baby Milk ​Export Permission ​Ministry of Finance ​Subsidy Refund
​Horses ​Export Permission ​Saudi Equestrian Federation-King Abdulaziz Center for Purebred Arabian Horses ​Support Recovery
​Biology, Fungal Organisms and their Products ​Export License ​Saudi Commission for Wildlife Protection ​Procedures and Requirements
​Tillers, Equipment and Farm Machinery ​Export Certificate ​Agriculture Development Fund ​Subsidy Refund If Any
​Food Products ​Export Validity Certificate ​General Authority for Food and Drug ​Technical Regulations and Specifications
​Medicines and Medical Devices and Medicinal Plants Export License ​General Authority for Food and Drug Procedures and Requirements
​Battery Waste (Scrap) ​Export Permission ​General Authority for Meteorology and Environment​​ Controls and Conditions​​
​Artistic and Historical Pieces ​Export Permission ​​General Authority for Tourism and National Heritage Controls and Conditions​​
​Cement and Clinker ​Export Authorization ​Ministry of Commerce and Investment ​Controls and Conditions
​Iron ​Export Authorization ​Ministry of Commerce and Investment ​Controls and Conditions
​Gasoline and Diesel ​Export License ​Ministry of Energy ​Support Recovery
​Derivatives or Petroleum Products ​Export License ​Ministry of Energy ​Lab Check + Support Recovery
​Asphalt Oils and Products ​Export License ​Ministry of Energy ​Lab Check + Support Recovery
​Organic Solvents Containing Petroleum Materials ​Export License ​Ministry of Energy ​Lab Check + Support Recovery
​Asphalt Rolls and Waterproofing Sheets​ ​Export License ​Ministry of Energy ​Lab Check + Support Recovery
​Transport of Hazardous Health Care Waste ​Export License ​Ministry of Health Controls and Conditions According to International Agreements​​​
​Minerals and Rocks Extracted from the Territory of the Kingdom ​Export License ​Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources Controls and Conditions According to the Quarry Exploitation License​
​Decorative Stones and Rocks (Granite, Limestone, Gabbro) ​Export License ​Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources ​To Be in the Factory Form with Added Value
Radioactive Sources such as Uranium ​Export License ​Customs Authority ​Procedures and Conditions
​Weapons and Ammunitions for Hunting ​Export License ​Ministry of Interior ​Weapons and Ammunition System Requirements
​Commercial Explosives and Fireworks ​Export License ​General Security (Department of Weapons and Explosives) ​Controls and Conditions
​Ozone Depleting Substances ​Export License ​General Authority for Meteorology and Environment ​Conformity with the Requirements​ of International Agreements
Source: Saudi Arabia Trade Policy Review 2016. World Trade Organization and related government agencies​