New requirements for re-imported products in Saudi Arabia

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New requirements for re-imported products in Saudi Arabia

The Food and Drug Authority called on the private sector to implement the conditions


Saturday – 17 Rabi’ al-Awwal 1443 AH – 23 October 2021 AD Issue No. [
15670]


The Saudi Food and Drug Authority restores the requirements for clearing re-imported products (Middle East)

Riyadh: Bandar Muslim

Official information confirmed that the Saudi Food and Drug Authority has prepared new requirements to release re-imported products, calling on companies and factories operating in the sector to adhere to and apply conditions to speed up and facilitate procedures for this area in the next stage.
According to the information, the new step came from the role of the Food and Drug Authority in controlling imported products to verify their safety and compliance with the approved requirements, conditions and technical regulations, in addition to regulating the process of clearing food, medical, cosmetic, medicine and re-imported products and setting controls and procedures governing them.
The document aims to clarify the requirements and requirements for the release of products exported from the Kingdom (whether manufactured locally or re-exported) that have been returned to the Kingdom for commercial purposes, or because of the refusal to release and market them from importing countries or for the purpose of maintenance.
According to the new conditions (“Asharq Al-Awsat” reviewed a copy of them), it is not allowed to re-import products that are damaged, or that have been subjected to poor transportation and storage and expired, unless they are manufactured in the Kingdom and the local facility will destroy them, and the authority has the right to withdraw representative samples of all imported products. For each consignment and refer it to routine laboratory tests to ensure that it conforms to the approved technical regulations and requirements, provided that the importer bears the costs of those tests in the approved laboratories that have been designated.
The requirements clarify that importers must keep the original documents for a period of five years from the date of release, as well as comply with all procedures, requirements and circulars issued by the authority.
Concerning the re-imported consignments for violating the conditions and requirements of the country of origin, a letter from the importer must be attached with the clearance documents of the customs system, explaining the reason for the rejection and supported by what proves this and a pledge not to market the product in the local market in case it violates the technical regulations and standard specifications of the Kingdom or special requirements and circulars Marketing of products in Saudi Arabia.
With regard to consignments that are imported for the purpose of maintenance, the requirements confirm that medical devices used for the purpose of maintenance or renewal in the Kingdom and then re-export require obtaining a marketing permission to import them or a prior approval from the Authority and not to be circulated in the Kingdom.
As for medical devices used for the purpose of maintaining, calibrating, displaying as marketing samples or correcting them, according to a safety warning notice that requires this, or testing them outside the Kingdom, the new requirements require that they be re-imported within 6 months from the date of their export and in accordance with the purpose for which they are exported and obtaining a valid marketing permission And an acknowledgment from the factory that it is responsible for the operations that took place on those devices.
The Food and Drug Authority had recently conducted more than 8,000 laboratory analyzes on more than 3.8 thousand samples in its laboratories during the month of September of this year, and the samples included in the analysis were drinking water, poultry meat, tablets, capsules and cosmetics the most samples included. analysis.
The authority indicated that the number of food samples received for laboratories amounted to 3.2 thousand samples, on which 7.7 thousand laboratory analyzes were conducted, which included bottled drinking water, meat, poultry, fruits, vegetables, baby food, honey and food for birds and poultry. Capsules, cosmetics, vitamins, vaccines, nutritional supplements, herbal products and sterilizers.
The Authority, through all its laboratories, seeks to ensure the safety of the products under its supervision and that they are free of harmful substances to the health and safety of the consumer by examining those samples in the laboratory in its laboratories.


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