Saudi Arabia



All games of chance including chess, dice, backgammon, etc., weapons (whether real or ornamental), firearms, military uniforms and equipment, fireworks, any alcoholic beverages/wine including kits or books relating to the manufacturing of such drinks, all food stuffs, narcotics, all types of communications equipment or high wave radios, binoculars or telescopic equipment, statues, figurines, object or image which could be constructed as a graven image or contrary to Islamic morality, pornographic literature or any materials which contain sexual reference (this includes items such as fashion magazines which show women wearing undergarments or swimsuits), political or military literature, Christmas Trees and decorations and stuffed animals.

Items subject for review/censorship: Phonograph records, tapes, CDs, photographs, books magazines, periodicals and other printed matter. Medicines with prescription only, exposed films of any type and telefax machines.


Documents required

  • Original AWBL or Ocean Bill of Lading.
  • Original Inventory or packing list / Original valued Inventory
  • Authorization letter in Arabic to clear shipment. This letter should be attested from local chamber of commerce.
  • Shipping instructions with full details.
  • Consignee should provide authorization letter in Arabic to clear shipment. This letter should be attested from local chamber of commerce which will be obtained from the consignee.
  • If consignee is not present in Saudi Arabia for the clearance, consignee must provide authorization letter, copy of residence permit and copy of passport for clearing the shipment through customs
  • In the absence of a residence permit, shipment can be cleared if consignee’s employer provides a letter in Arabic stating that the consignee is employed by their company and their residence permit is under process. This letter is to be signed and stamped by consignee’s employer.
  • Copy of Passport/Iqama.
  • Certificate of Insurance.
  • Transmittal Letter, with consignee information and Billing instructions .

General Cargo

  • Original AWBL or OBL.
  • Commercial Invoice (Legalized).
  • Certificate of Origin (Legalized).
  • Packing List.
  • Insurance certificate.
  • Shipping instructions with full details.


Consign all shipments to: name of owner c/o Shippers Co.

IMPORTANT: This information is intended for general guidance. Forward Van Lines International cannot take responsibility for any errors or oversights or for any loss or damage that may occur from its use. It is advisable to contact the Embassy of Saudi Arabia at for more information prior to your shipping.

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