The Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture in Saudi Arabia clarified the official procedures for importing fresh vegetables and fruits, noting the need to obtain prior permission.
The competent Saudi ministry pointed out that it had launched a “licensing service for importing fresh vegetables and fruits, with the aim of continuing the flow of fresh vegetables and fruits to enhance food security, control the quality of their import, and protect the kingdom’s plant wealth.”
A statement published on the Saudi Ministry of Environment website stated that the procedures for issuing a license to import fresh vegetables and fruits begin by submitting an application through the “Agri” electronic platform.
The ministry indicated that the application will be studied within a period not exceeding 3 days, after which the applicant will be notified of the result, and in the event of rejection, the reasons will be clarified.
It also indicated that “once the approval is issued, the import license is issued by the Ministry of Agriculture’s agency, and it is valid for a period of 3 to 10 years, depending on the license category.”
The statement pointed out that “the importer’s obtaining an import license enables him to obtain import permits that start on the first of next Muharram, stressing at the same time that no shipment of fresh vegetables and fruits can enter the Kingdom without a prior import permit.”
The Saudi Ministry touched on the conditions for obtaining an import license, which is that “the importer should be a Saudi legal person licensed to practice the activity, or be a foreign investor licensed to practice the activity in accordance with the foreign investment system, with financial solvency.”
It was shown that “the health conditions of the shipment are that it is free of pests listed in the lists of agricultural quarantine pests in the Kingdom, that it is free of pesticide residues or within the limits permitted by law in the Kingdom, and that it conforms to the provisions of the agricultural quarantine system and its executive regulations in the Kingdom.”
The ministry noted that allowing shipments of fruits and vegetables depends on the shipment “conforming to the requirements of the technical regulations and specifications approved by the ministry, and that it is received through the ports approved by the ministry, and that the validity of the import license is valid.”
It also cautioned that the ministry has “the right to verify the imported quantities according to the exporting import license, as well as to cancel the license or permission and stop the shipment in the event of the emergence of epidemic diseases in the country of export.”