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Saudi Arabia: New circular regarding charging ports for smartphones, tablets, and other electronic devices

JUNE 2024 - ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONICS

In force (since Aug 1, 2024)

SASO has introduced a new circular regarding charging ports for smartphones, tablets, and other electronic devices sold in Saudi Arabia.

The circular mandates that manufacturers shall adopt either the USB Type-C or USB Power Delivery standards specified in SASO IEC 62680-1-2:2017 and SASO IEC 62680-1-3:2017 for charging ports of portable electronics. From 1 August 2024, the following products imported to Saudi Arabia must comply with the mentioned standard.

Notified body shall review all valid Product Certificates (PCs) to verify compliance with this requirement and attach evidence of this to the technical file for each PC issued through the SABER platform, and provides SASO with a list of valid PCs whose status has not been modified in accordance with the text of this circular in order to cancel it and stop issuing Shipment Certificates (SCs) before 1 October 2024.

Note that the Authority will withdraw random files through the SABER electronic platform starting from 1 Aug 2024 to verify that the entities meet this requirement, and the Authority will take the necessary legal measures with the non-compliant bodies.

Relevant HS Codes:

  • 847160000001: Mouse
  • 847160000002: Keyboard
  • 851821000000: Single loudspeakers, mounted in their enclosures
  • 851822000000: Multiple loudspeakers, mounted in the same enclosure
  • 852581100000: High-speed video camera
  • 852581200000: High-speed digital cameras for still images
  • 852581900000: Other high-speed cameras
  • 852582100000: Video cameras that are resistant or tolerant to radiation
  • 852582200000: Digital cameras for still images that are resistant or tolerant to radiation
  • 852582900000: Other cameras for still images that are resistant or tolerant to radiation
  • 852583100000: Video cameras for night vision
  • 852583200000: Digital cameras for still images and night vision
  • 852583900000: Other types of cameras for still images and night vision
  • 852589100000: From video cameras
  • 852589200000: From digital cameras to still images
  • 852589900000: Other types of cameras
  • 852691100000: Global Positioning Systems (GPS)
  • 851762200004: Routers and Hubs (distributor)

The second phase is expected to take effect on April 1, 2026 and will include laptop computers.


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