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Saudi Arabia Tariffs

Postby bridgat » Tue Nov 18, 2008 8:29 am


As a member of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Saudi Arabia applies the GCC common external tariff of five percent for most products, with a number of country specific exceptions.

Saudi Arabia’s exceptions to the common external tariff include 394 products that may be imported duty-free, including aircraft and most livestock.

The Saudi government also applies a 12 percent tariff on 492 products, in some cases to protect local industries. Certain textile imports, including carpets but excluding apparel, are among the products to which the 12 percent rate applies.

A number of Saudi industries enjoy 20 percent tariff protection, including those producing sesame extract, furniture, cooking salt, edible offal, rabbit meat, mineral water, and plastic pipes.

In addition, long-life milk and nine other agricultural products are subject to a 25 percent tariff on a seasonal basis.

Saudi Arabia imposes a 40 percent tariff on dates.

Saudi Arabia also imposes a 100 percent tariff on cigarette and other tobacco imports.

(Saudi Arabia’s complete tariff schedule is available online at
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