IMPLEMENTATION LEVEL

National

AFFECTED FLOW

Inflow

ANNOUNCED AS TEMPORARY

No

NON-TRADE-RELATED RATIONALE

No

ELIGIBLE FIRMS

all

JUMBO

No

TARIFF PEAK

No
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Inception date: 09 Dec 2009 | Removal date: open ended
Still in force

Import ban

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.

AFFECTED COUNTRIES

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AFFECTED SECTORS AND PRODUCTS

444 Machinery for mining, quarrying & construction; parts
8704 Motor vehicles for the transport of goods.
870410 Dumpers designed for offhighway use
491 Motor vehicles, trailers & semi-trailers; parts
8702 Motor vehicles for the transport of ten or more persons, including the driver.
870210 With compressionignition internal combustion piston engine (diesel or semidiesel)
870290 Other
8703 Motor cars and other motor vehicles principally designed for the transport of persons (other than those of heading 87.02), including station wagons and racing cars.
870310 Vehicles specially designed for travelling on snow; golf cars and similar vehicles
870321 Of a cylinder capacity not exceeding 1,000 cc
870322 Of a cylinder capacity exceeding 1,000 cc but not exceeding 1,500 cc
870323 Of a cylinder capacity exceeding 1,500 cc but not exceeding 3,000 cc
870324 Of a cylinder capacity exceeding 3,000 cc
8704 Motor vehicles for the transport of goods.
870421 g.v.w. not exceeding 5 tonnes
870422 g.v.w. exceeding 5 tonnes but not exceeding 20 tonnes
870423 g.v.w. exceeding 20 tonnes
870431 g.v.w. not exceeding 5 tonnes
870432 g.v.w. exceeding 5 tonnes
870490 Other

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