Since April 2010, Saudi Arabia has mandated that air conditioners, washing machines, fridges and freezers being imported must comply to a strict set of energy efficient standards. Known as SASO Energy Efficient Labelling. But…did you know that these products must now meet a minimum star rating as well?
Understanding the implication this has on your export business can be tricky. So, we’ve created this regulatory refresher.
7 Steps to Understanding SASO Energy Efficient Labelling
1 – Called the SASO (Saudi Arabian Standards Organization) EER (Energy Efficiency Registration) Energy Labelling Programme, it’s designed to ensure that the energy consumption efficiency for each product is documented. This helps Saudi Arabian consumers choose the most efficient product.
2 – The following products must comply if they are to clear Saudi Arabia customs; air conditioners, washing machines, fridges and freezers.
3 – Testing and certification to comply with SASO Energy Efficient Labelling standards is delivered via accredited firms. The certificate is then sent via electronic transfer to customs officers via the SASO electronic portal.
4 – As well as compliance to SASO standards for Energy Efficiency Labelling, air conditioners, washing machines, fridges and freezers must also meet the minimum star rating, as detailed below:
- Washing machines (≤ 12kg) – star rating 4
- Freezers (≤ 30ft) – minimum star rating 1
- Refrigerators / with combined freezers (≤ 39ft) – minimum star rating 1
- Window type A/C (CC ≤ 24000 BTU/hr) – minimum star rating 5
- Window type A/C (24000 < CC ≤ 70000 BTU/hr) – minimum star rating 3
- Split type A/C (CC ≤ 70000 BTU/hr) – minimum star rating 7
5 – Manufacturing and exporting AC/Split type into Saudi Arabia? You should now renew your EER certificate and labels (with 7 to 10 stars).
6 – Already have existing import processes in place? No matter, you still need to comply with the SASO Energy Labelling Programme.
7 – There are three routes to SASO Energy Efficient Labelling compliance:
- Route 1 – For Unregistered/Unlicensed products. Often the choice of infrequent exporters…your shipment will require pre-supply inspection and pre-supply testing to demonstrate it meets certain standards. If successful you’ll be issued with a Certificate of Conformity, granting you clearance through customs.
- Route 2 – For Registered Products. The preferred route for businesses that regularly export to Saudi Arabia. Consignment Inspection is still performed on all shipments, but product testing is reduced and only carried out on shipments chosen at random. Note though, to take advantage of this more efficient route you will first need to register your products.
- Route 3 – For Licensed Products. If your exports into Saudi Arabia are consistent and frequent then it’s often sensible to become registered as a licensed product. This route means that pre-supply inspection and pre-supply testing is reduced, and only performed on shipments at random intervals. Note though, you’ll need to be able to demonstrate compliance of your products with standards (Saudi Arabian or applicable International standards) and prove that the manufacturer operates an approved Quality Assurance system e.g. ISO9000.
To understand more about the three routes, and the minimum star rating system get in touch.
XDS Solutions is a one-stop service for exporters. Your personal account manager will guide you through the mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme required for successful import into Saudi Arabia. As well as organise Country of Origin certification and electrical product safety testing. The result? SASO within 5 days, reduced inspections and greater cost efficiency.
To discuss your firm’s export procedures speak to one of our expert Account Managers.