ANNOUNCED AS TEMPORARYNo
On 9 June 2009 Saudi Customs announced a ban the import of used cars older than 5 years for passenger cars, buses and light transport. The importation of heavy trucks over the age of 10 years was also banned. Imports of spare parts for old vehicles were not banned. A six-month grace period has been granted to Saudi importers to adjust, effectively postponing implementation until December 2009. No reason for the ban has been reported.
In 2008 140,000 used cars that were older than 5 years were imported. The total value of those imports was SR17.5 billion (US$4.7 billion) and accounted for a quarter of the value of all cars imported into Saudi Arabia in 2008.
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