What you need to know about SASO

What you need to know about SASO

If you’re exporting to Saudi Arabia or a number of other countries in 2020 you’ll need SASO-compliant biodegradable pallet wrap to meet the change in standards.

From April, 2020 all pallet wrap going to six key markets in the Middle East will need to be oxo-biodegradable. While the standards change has been delayed it pays to have a steady supply of compliant pallet wrap locked in now. Here’s what you need to know:


Here's what you need to know

Which New Zealand companies will the change affect?

All companies exporting to the region will need to have the right wrap. It doesn’t matter the type of goods being sent – everything needs to comply.

What is SASO?

SASO stands for the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization – an agency overseeing the trade regulations covering six Middle Eastern countries. Right now, it can also stand for Sort All Stuff Out to Simply Avoid Stress, Ok?

What countries are changing their standards under SASO?

The six countries are Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman.

What is the new technical regulation?

The new standard (SASO TR) concerns degradable plastic products and covers a range of different materials used in packaging.

How is it enforced?

All exporters to these countries using wrapping (either bubble wrap, cushioning packaging or pallet packaging plastic) should have the oxo-biodegradable logo clearly marked. Companies exporting here will need to gain accreditation before their goods are accepted through customs.

Does Universal Packaging have pallet wrap that meets the new SASO standard?

Yes we do. If you’d like to know more send us an email and we can get you sorted with all the specifications, information and packaging.

Is this wrap available for hand and machine wrapping pallets?


When does this change take place?

The new date for change is April 2020.

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