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Saudi Arabia


Shipping Services to Saudi Arabia

The choice between sea and air freight for many clients depends on timeline, budget considerations and personal preferences.

We ship to all destinations in Saudi Arabia including the main destinations of Riyadh and Jeddah.

John Mason International provide full door to door shipping services including export packing, loading, shipping, customs clearance, delivery and unpacking services. Additional destination services such as cleaning services or handyman services are also available upon request.

Contact us to request your free quotation or for further information about our services.

Sea Freight Services to Saudi Arabia

In order to import your household goods into Saudi Arabia, the following documents will be required:

  • Authorisation letter (affirmed by the Saudi Chamber of Commerce)
  • Copy of passport
  • Copy of Residence Permit or National ID
  • Customs Requirements for Shipping to Saudi Arabia
  • Customs Inspection

Each shipment will pass through a 100% physical customs inspection upon arrival in the country.

Customs Duty

All household goods shipped and imported into Saudi Arabia are subject to customs duties (from between 5 -20%). The local value and receipts are used to calculate the value of items by Customs authorities.

Exemptions to the above include clothing which has been owned and used and books. This is applicable to clothes and books which are imported at reasonable quantities.

Customs Clearance

The shipper must be present in the country when customs clearance takes place.

Prohibited Items

  • Large amounts of animal skin
  • Gambling items
  • Dangerous items
  • Alcohol and associated products (NB: this also includes food products which contain alcohol)
  • Radio transmitters
  • Stuffed animals

Prohibited Cultural Items / Censorship Items

  • Magazines with cultural images
  • Food items containing pork products
  • Non-Islamic religious items

The following items are subject to censorship and penalties can be charged if items are confiscated:

  • Photographs
  • CDs / Records / Cassette tapes
  • Books
  • Computers, tablets and printers
  • Mobile phones
  • Videos and DVDs

Shipping a car to Saudi Arabia

We can ship your car to Saudi Arabia using our sea freight service.

Please note that vehicles which are over five years old are not allowed to be imported into the country.

Expatriates: only one car is allowed to be imported.

A SASO (Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organisation)   conformity certificate will be required, this certificate must be applied for in the UK. This may require parts of the car to be updated / replaced in order to conform to SASO requirements.

Please be advised that customs regulations can change on a regular basis, you can contact us to confirm the requirements or for further information.

Shipping Quotation

Contact us for a free quotation for your shipment to Saudi Arabia.

Our Credentials

As one of the leading Movers on a national and international scale, we pride ourselves on providing a professional and friendly service from our highly trained and competent team. We have been recognised by the networks below and we are, therefore, proud of our credentials.

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Some of our Customer Reviews

Thank you and everybody involved, you are an excellent team and an absolute pleasure to deal with.

J.D. Liverpool, UK to Toronto, Canada -
July 2016

My whole experience with John Mason's has been very good, from having Tony surveying till today with the container being packed, I will definitely recommend John Mason to provide removal services.

M.H. South Shields, UK to Perth, Australia – July 2016

Thanks Suzanne for all your help – it’s not easy trying to sort things out from such a long distance away and you’ve been superb! Thank you!

C.H. Warrington, UK to Edmonton, Canada - August 2016

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