Exporting to Saudi?

Exporting to Saudi?

Exporters to Saudi Arabia and countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) will need to make sure they’re ticking the sustainability box with their packaging before they send any literal boxes there.


Get ready for change now…

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From September 1, 2019 all pallet wrap going to these countries needs to be oxo-biodegradable.

From what we can ascertain, Universal Packaging is currently the only company in New Zealand supplying oxo-biodegradable pallet wrap suitable for export to Saudi Arabia. We can also help your company undertake the process necessary to receive accreditation. 

The Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO), which oversees the trade regulations covering these six key markets in the Middle East, are administering this new regulation.

The new technical regulation (SASO TR) concerns degradable plastic products, and it will be imposed on all exporters supplying Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, and Oman.

According to the new regulation exporters to these countries using wrapping (either bubble wrap, cushioning packaging or pallet packaging plastic) should have the oxo-biodegradable logo clearly marked. The logo looks like this:


Saudi Arabia and the GCC are strong markets for high-end products from New Zealand, the kind that require careful packaging to prevent damage in transit.

For companies exporting to this region, it is important that all products are correctly dispatched to meet every standard.

Also of interest is the list of products that New Zealand currently exports to Saudi Arabia, according to tradingeconomics.com:

While we may not be experts in packaging nuclear reactors we are ready to help with just about everything else!

If you have any queries about how to gain a consistent supply of SASO standard oxo-biodegradable pallet wrap please get in touch sooner rather than later. We’ll get your pallets covered with the right wrap quickly and confidently.



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