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: 11 Sep 2018 | Removal date: open ended
Still in force

Labour market access

According to consistent press reports, the Ministry of Labor and Social Development for the first time limited work in twelve retail activities (i.e. activities executed in standard retail locations such as shops, malls, and outlets) exclusively to local Saudi men and women. Previously, these specified retail activities were also available to foreigners in the Saudi jurisdiction, from a job access perspective.

Specifically, the retail categories which are now banned to foreigners within the Saudi jurisdiction are :

  • Watches,
  • Eyewear,
  • Medical equipment and devices,
  • Electrical and electronic appliances,
  • Auto parts,
  • Building materials,
  • Carpets,
  • Cars and motorcycles,
  • Home and office furniture,
  • Children’s clothing and men’s accessories,
  • Home kitchenware, and
  • Confectioneries.

 

The prior elaborated ban will be effective starting next Hijri year (11 September 2018) and has been put in place for the purpose of enhancing the job opportunity pool available to local Saudi residents (thus, in line with the overall Saudization program goals to enforce localisation in the national economy and, labour market).

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