Air Freight to Saudi Arabia

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Saudi Arabia’s economy is one of the most dynamic in the world. You can benefit from Saudi Arabia’s economic growth by exporting goods there if you are a manufacturer or an exporter. However, entering new sales marketplaces successfully necessitates in-depth professional knowledge. 

Saudi Arabia aims to expand its foreign trade and increase air freight to Saudi Arabia rates, but imports must meet certain certification standards. It is only possible to export goods to Saudi Arabia if your products match certain requirements. At the time of import, these certifications must be given to the customs officials.

According to the Economic Complexity Index, Saudi Arabia was the world’s number 20 economy in terms of GDP, number 30 in total exports and total imports, number 46 in terms of GDP per capita, and the number 32 most complicated economy in 2020.

Cars, Radio, and Television Equipment, Refined Petroleum, Packaged Medicaments, and Mobile phones are Saudi Arabia’s top imports, with the majority coming from China, the United Arab Emirates, the United States, Germany, and India.

Air Freight to Saudi Arabia to/from UAE
Services for air freight to Saudi Arabia are divided into three categories: standard, expressed, and deferred.
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Air Express Service

In express air service, your cargo will be transported directly to its final destination. There’s no waste of time in between. When you choose express air service, you can be assured that your air cargo will be loaded into a plane that will only make one stop and that’s in the destination airport.

Obviously, this method has a lot of advantages. Because your goods will be moved less frequently from one place to another and get less damaged. Also, because it is on a direct flight to its destination, it will arrive much faster than other means of shipping, making this an extremely advantageous mode of air shipping for businesses that need to get their goods to their customers as quickly as possible.

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Standard Air Service

While a standard air service can fly directly to its destination on rare occasions, it generally makes one or two stops along the way. The purpose of these pauses is to deconsolidate and reconsolidate cargo. While standard air service is slower than express air service, it is still a quick form of transportation.

The most obvious advantage of regular air service is that charges are usually decreased significantly.

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Deferred Air Service

“Deferred air service” is the final and the most cost-effective air service type. In  Deferred air service, as you might expect, the plane stops many times along the way.  This is advantageous for air carriers because they can expect high volumes of air cargo shipments to be moved from major airports to smaller airports. This reduces traffic congestion at their major airport and defers work to smaller cargo planes afterward.

Top Cargo Airports in Saudi Arabia
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King Khalid International Airport

The architectural company HOK designed King Khalid International Airport, which is located 35 kilometers (22 miles) north of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

This airport has five passenger terminals (only three of which are in use), each with 8 aerobridges, a mosque, car parking for 12000 vehicles, a Royal Terminal (for the kingdom’s guests, government heads, and Saudi royal family), a central control tower (one of the world’s tallest), and two parallel runways measuring 4,260 meters (13,980 feet) which operate 24 hours a day and result in a high rate of air freight to Saudi Arabia.

The land area granted for KKIA is the second-biggest in the world, having previously been the world’s largest airport in terms of ground area, following King Fahd International Airport. Riyadh Airports Company manages and operates the airport.

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King Abdul-Aziz International Airport

The King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) is a major international airport in the Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah.

The airport is Saudi Arabia’s third-largest and busiest, servicing roughly 17.8 million passengers in 2010. It was established in 1981 and is named after Saudi Arabia’s founder, King Abdulaziz Al Saud. It handles most international cargoes and traffic and it is the biggest hub for Saudi Arabia’s flag airline Saudia.

The North Terminal, the Hajj Terminal, and the new Terminal 1 are all operating passenger and cargo terminals. The Hajj Terminal was created specifically for Muslim pilgrims who go to Mecca every year for the Hajj.


According to the Saudi Ministry of Transport, a total of 1,256,639 containers were shipped to Saudi Arabia in 2021. This is a slight decrease from the 1,258,523 containers shipped in 2020. The top five countries shipping containers to Saudi Arabia were China, the United Arab Emirates, India, Bahrain, and Qatar.

There was a total of 1,035,256 TEUs shipped to Saudi Arabia from January to September 2020, a 3.2% increase from the same period in 2019. The top ports for container shipping to Saudi Arabia were Jeddah Islamic Port, King Abdulaziz Port, and Dammam Port.

The Saudi government has released statistics on air cargo to Saudi Arabia in 2021. A total of 1,025,527 metric tons of air cargo was handled in Saudi Arabia in 2021, up from 992,865 metric tons in 2020. The top five commodities exported by air from Saudi Arabia in 2021 were live animals, meat, vegetables, fruit, and fish. The top five commodities imported by air to Saudi Arabia in 2021 were live animals, meat, vegetables, fruit, and fish.

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We offer ocean freight shipping services that cover the entire container freight transportation process including:

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Pick up and delivery
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Land transportation
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Ocean freight transportation
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Customs clearance
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Rules & Regulations

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has very strict rules and regulations when it comes to shipping. All shipments must be approved by the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Saudi Customs Authority. All shipments must be accompanied by a commercial invoice, packing list, and bill of lading. The Consignee must have a valid import license. All shipments are subject to inspection by the Saudi Ministry of Health. Prohibited items include alcohol, pork products, weapons, and pornography.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has strict rules and regulations when it comes to air freight. All shipments must be accompanied by a Shipper’s Letter of Instruction (SLI) and a Bill of Lading (BL). The SLI must include the contact information for the shipper and consignee, as well as a detailed description of the goods being shipped. The BL must list the same information, as well as the weight and dimensions of the shipment. All shipments must be declared to Saudi Customs, and shipments of dangerous goods must be accompanied by a valid Dangerous Goods Declaration.

Import & Export to/from UAE

Saudi Arabia is the world‘s leading oil exporter and plays a central role in OPEC. The Kingdom has the world‘s second–largest proven reserves of oil and is the largest exporter of petroleum. It is also the largest producer of crude oil and the second–largest producer of natural gas.

Saudi Arabia’s economy is highly dependent on oil revenues, which account for nearly 90% of export earnings, 70% of government revenues, and 30% of GDP. Therefore, fluctuations in oil prices have a significant impact on the Saudi economy.

This country has taken steps to diversify the economy and reduce its dependence on oil revenues, but oil will continue to play a dominant role in the economy in the foreseeable future.

The Saudi government has also placed an emphasis on increasing exports of non–oil products in order to reduce the country‘s trade deficit and boost economic growth. In recent years, Saudi exports of chemicals, plastics, and other manufactured goods have increased significantly.

The Saudi government has been working to improve the business environment and attract foreign investment. In 2018, the Saudi government announced a series of reforms under the Vision 2030 plan to modernize the Saudi economy and make it more attractive to foreign investors. The Saudi government has also been working to diversify its export markets. In recent years, Saudi exports to Asia have increased significantly, and the Kingdom is now Asia‘s second–largest supplier of crude oil.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia have a strong trade relationship. The two countries have a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and a Joint Ministerial Economic Commission (JMEC). The UAE is Saudi Arabia‘s largest trading partner, and Saudi Arabia is the UAE‘s second–largest trading partner. The two countries have a strong economic relationship and are members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). The two countries have a close trade relationship, and the UAE is Saudi Arabia‘s largest trading partner. The two countries have a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and a Joint Ministerial Economic Commission (JMEC). The UAE is a major market for Saudi exports, and Saudi Arabia is a major market for UAE exports. The two countries have a strong economic relationship and are members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

Banned Products

The Saudi government has banned a number of products from entering the country in an effort to protect public health and safety. These products include food items, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals. The ban is enforced by the Saudi Food and Drug Authority, which inspects all shipments of banned products and destroys them.
The government has come under criticism for the ban, as it has been accused of arbitrarily choosing which products to ban and of not providing adequate justification for its decisions. However, the government has defended the ban, arguing that it is necessary to protect the public from potentially harmful products.

Documents & Customs Clearance

Cargo customs clearance is a process that must be completed before goods can be imported into Saudi Arabia. The importer must submit a declaration to the customs authority, which includes information about the type and quantity of goods being imported, the value of the goods, and the country of origin. The customs authority will then determine the applicable import duties and taxes. Once the duties and taxes have been paid, the goods will be released and can be transported to their final destination within Saudi Arabia.

The documents needed for air freight to Saudi Arabia include an air waybill, which is a contract between the shipper and the airline; a commercial invoice, which is a document that outlines the value of the goods being shipped; and a packing list, which provides a description of the goods being shipped. In addition, a letter of authorization may be required by the Saudi Arabian government in order to ship goods into the country.

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