For shipments going to this destination, it is important to provide the correct information at the time of booking to ensure the goods are not held or sent back to the UK. As the UK's main trading partner in the Gulf we have lots of shipments sent to this destination on a weekly basis, so to cut down returns to a minimum we have put together some shipping advice for customers looking to ship to Saudi Arabia.
The private sector is now a thriving and growing industry as this destination steps away from being so heavily reliant on Gas and Oil. With the development of ten new cities, the chances are the number of packages and mail sent here is going to increase, as Education and Health systems are set up, the demand for new goods from the UK will increase.
A Tax Identification Number is required for items being sent to Saudi Arabia- this must be provided or the goods will simply be refused and returned to sender or even destroyed by customs. This number allows the authorities to ensure the goods are going to a legitimate destination. The recipient is responsible for duties and taxes that are assessed by that country.
The receiver of your package should be able to provide this for you, and therefore you can add it to the booking when ordering the courier via Parcel Monkey-so the goods can pass through without an issue. If you are unable to obtain the Tax ID from the recipient, you can supply their passport number
If you are sending to a UK citizen, you can provide their passport number instead of the Tax ID number. When you book your parcel with Parcel Monkey we provide the customs documents once completed to print out and attach to the outside of the box in a clear plastic wallet, clear envelope or one clearly marked FAO Customs.
This Tax ID is simply a personal unique number that every citizen in Saudi Arabia has, and identifies them as an individual. The authorities will check this when items are being sent to them so this is why it is requested at the time of booking so customs can check the number and where the goods are going. This must be provided or the goods may not be delivered.