SASO Certificate Update: Degradable Plastic Products
The Saudi Arabian Standards Organization (SASO) is now enforcing a Technical Regulation for Degradable Plastic Products and SASO Certificate issuance will shortly depend on exporters complying.
The new regulation stipulates that certain types of disposable plastic products that are made from poly-propylene and poly-ethylene, and have a film thickness of less than or equal to 250microns, must be oxo-biodegradable and bear the below logo:
SASO has given a ‘grace period’ of until 12th of December 2017 and importers and exporters have until then to make sure their products comply.
Until this date, the importer or exporter of the product can provide an undertaking letter stating that they have received notice of the new regulations and are putting in place the appropriate measures to ensure they comply to the regulation by the December deadline.
Which products are not affected?
This Technical Regulation only applies to degradable plastic products that are being imported to (or manufacturer in) Saudi Arabia as a final product.
This means that disposable plastic products that are not being shipped as a final product are exempt from the requirement.
For example, if you send products (that are not present in the HS CODE list below) to Saudi Arabia, and the contents, boxes or pallets are packaged in plastic sheeting/film/bags, then these packaging products will not need to be oxo-biodegradable because they are not considered to be a final product that will enter the Saudi market.
Products affected by the new regulation:
In order to register your products for the SASO oxo-biodegradable logo, an application will need to be made to SASO for each product you need licensing and the products will need to meet all of the requirements set out in SASO Regulation no. M.A-156-16-03-03.
We can provide you with a copy of this regulation on request.
For further information, please contact an XDS SASO Account Manage >>
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