This barrier is unrelated to the end of the transition period, following the United Kingdom's departure from the EU.

Public ID: PID-B774EB

Lack of regulatory and standards for agri-food exports to Saudi Arabia

in Saudi Arabia

Trade barrier summary

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) issues technical regulations & standards for sanitary & phytosanitary goods, with a view to harmonising these amongst GCC members. The GCC's Standardisation Organisation (GSO) standards & technical regulations are copyrighted, therefore not openly published. The requirement to purchase these means there is a lack of transparency around certain exporting conditions into Saudi Arabia. This is not in line with WTO rules on transparency. Impacted products are:
01 - Live animals
02 - Meat & edible meat offal
03 - Fish & crustaceans, molluscs & other aquatic invertebrates
04 - Dairy produce; birds' eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included
05 - Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included
06 - Live trees & other plants; bulbs, roots & the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage
07 - Edible vegetables & certain roots & tubers
08 - Edible fruit & nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons

Sectors affected

  • Agriculture, horticulture, fisheries and pets



Date reported

16 July 2020

Last updated

18 December 2020

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