Since 1st August 2016, Saudi Arabian Customs has required importers of lighting products and lamps to carry a compliant Energy Efficient Label (EEL) before entry to the country is granted. This is part of the of the new 2016 Saudi Standards Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO) 2870/2015 regulation, which requires all lighting manufacturers importing into Saudi Arabia comply with a strict set of new SASO Energy Efficient Labelling standards.
Over recent months XDS Solutions has been contacted by a growing number of lighting product exporters suffering shipment delays, or being refused entry. The reason for this, is a failure to obtain the correct Energy Efficiency (EE) Certificate, and to fix the corresponding Energy Efficiency (EE) Labels on their registered products. Both the label and certificate must be issued by a SASO approved agency. The text on the label will be Arabic and display the SASO logo and a unique QR code for validation purposes. Energy Efficiency labelling and certification issued by agencies other than those that are SASO approved are not accepted.
An example of the accepted label type is below:
SASO EEL – timeline snapshot…
- On May 1st 2016 SASO 2870/2015 was implemented. This meant that to obtain a Certificate of Conformity (CoC) shipments of lighting products under the scope of the regulation were required to include an EE Certificate and EE label.
- On August 1st 2016 Kingdom of Saudi Arabian (KSA) Customs began strictly implementing this requirement, failing to pass shipments of lighting products who fail to comply with the requirement to carry an EE label.
SASO EEL – how it impacts you…
- The SASO 2870/2015 regulation deals with the requirements for Energy Efficiency, Functionality, Hazardous Chemicals, Marking and Energy Efficiency Labelling on the lighting products included within its scope.
- If you import the following lighting products into Saudi Arabia, then you must comply –
Indirect and direct general light sources. Those which have a luminous flux above 60 lumens and below 12000 lumens. The following technologies are included: Incandescent lamps, halogen lamps, compact fluorescent lamps with integrated ballast (CFLi), light-emitting diode (LED) lamps (incandescent retrofit types) and light-emitting diode (LED) lamps (halogen retrofit types).
- If you import indirect and direct lamps (including incandescent, high & low voltage halogen, CFLi & LED) then be aware that products will be required to achieve the new maximum allowable Energy Efficiency Index (EEI) by the following deadlines: 1st May 2017 (stage 2) and 1st January 2019 (stage 3). (Stage 1 deadline was 1st May 2016).
More information on SASO can be found in our recent blog 7 simple steps to understanding SASO Energy Efficient Labelling.
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