New Standards for Charger Port Types in KSA

The new standards are SASO IEC 62680-1-2:2017 and SASO IEC 62680-1-3:2017, which specify the technical requirements and test methods for the USB interface and the USB Type-C connector for smartphones and electronic devices. These standards aim to unify the charger port types and reduce the environmental impact of electronic waste.

Why are they important?

The new standards are mandated by Executive Resolution No. 018 dated 01/21/1445 AH, which was issued by the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO). This resolution requires all importers, manufacturers, and distributors of smartphones and electronic devices to comply with these standards for their products to be allowed into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).

When do they take effect?

The new standards have the following key compliance dates:

  • August 1, 2024: Compliance with the listed requirements will be verified for all new Product Certificate of Conformity (PCoC) requests. Existing PCoCs must also maintain compliance and proof must be uploaded to the SABER platform.
  • October 1, 2024: Non-compliant PCoCs will be reported to SASO, who will then suspend or withdraw these PCoCs and cease issuing shipment certificates.

What are the consequences of non-compliance?

Non-compliance with the new standards will result in the following consequences:

  • The products will not be allowed to enter the KSA market and will be subject to customs clearance delays or rejections.
  • The PCoCs will be suspended or withdrawn by SASO and the importers will lose their eligibility to obtain shipment certificates.
  • The notified bodies that issued the non-compliant PCoCs will face legal actions by SASO and their accreditation will be revoked.

Which HS codes are affected?

Below an overview of the HS codes that are affected by this new Resolution.

12 Jun 2024 at 11:07 am
2 min
Published by:
Stephan Bremmer
Sr. Export Documentation Agent
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