CHINA'S VEHICLE EXPORT COUNTRY NO. 1: SAUDI ARABIA'S VEHICLE MARKET AND CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

CHINA'S VEHICLE EXPORT COUNTRY NO. 1: SAUDI ARABIA'S VEHICLE MARKET AND CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

RELEASE DATE:2021-05-13 16:00
Brief: Saudi Arabia, referred to as Saudi Arabia. Located in the Arabian Peninsula. It borders the Persian Gulf to the east and the Red Sea to the west, bordering countries such as Jordan, Iraq, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Yemen, Bahrain, and Qatar. Saudi Arabia is one of the countries with the largest oil reserves, production and sales in the world, and is also a core member of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). The main population of Saudi Arabia is Arabs, accounting for 90% of the total population. The official language is Arabic, and Islam is the state religion of Saudi Arabia, China has exported the most cars to Saudi Arabia in recent years compare to other markets.



THE LARGEST EXPORT MARKET FOR CHINESE CAR MANUFACTURES
Saudi Arabia is the largest automobile consumer market in the Gulf region. Due to the imperfect public transportation system, the main means of transportation in and near the intercity is cars. According to incomplete statistics, the current car ownership in Saudi Arabia is about 20 million, and the population in Saudi Arabia is about 34 million. Its per capita car ownership ranks among the top in the world. In 2020, China's auto exports totaled 1 million, of which Saudi Arabia has close to 100,000, accounting for 10%, ranking first among China's auto exporting countries.

As the official registered agent (Registration No.: A16386), ATIC provides Australian vehicle certification services to whole vehicle and component manufacturers mainly in China.

OVERVIEW OF SAUDI ARABIA VEHICLE CERTIFICATION
The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is the main political and economic organization in the Gulf region, referred to the GCC. It was established in May 1981 and is headquartered in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. The member states include the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Yemen.

The Gulf Standards Organization (GSO) is a subsidiary of GCC, as well as the competent authority and regulatory agency for GCC certification. Responsible for the certification and supervision of motorcycles, vehicles and tires entering the Gulf countries. The GSO stipulated at the Kuwait Ministerial Conference on October 12, 2004, that since January 1, 2005, GSO shall inspect motor vehicles and tire products in accordance with relevant Gulf standards and issue GCC certification certificates. The approved GCC certificate will be valid in all GCC member states.


VEHICLE GSO STANDARD REGULATIONS LIST (PARTIAL)

No.
Item
1
Methods of Test for Lead-Acid Starter Batteries Used for Motor Cars & Internal Combustion Engines
2
Lead-Acid Starter Batteries Used for Motor Cars & Internal Combustion Engines
3
Car Upholstery-Testing Methods of Fabric for Car Seats 
4
Car Upholstery-Fabric for Car Seats
5
Motor Vehicles-Methods of Testing for Pollutants Emitted From Heavy Duty Diesel Engined Vehicles- Part 1: Determination of Exhaust Gaseous Pollutants
6
Motor Vehicles-Methods of Testing for Pollutants Emitted From Heavy Duty Diesel Engined Vehicles- Part 2: Determination of Smoke
7
Motor Vehicles-Allowable Limits of Pollutants Emitted To The Atmosphere From Heavy Duty Diesel Engined Vehicles
8
Motor Vehicles: Methods of Test for Braking System- Part 1: Braking Performance
9
Motor Vehicles-Noise Emissions
10
Motor Vehicles-Head Restraints and Their Methods
of Test 
11
Motor Vehicles-Door Locks and Door Hinges
12
Motor Vehicles-Laminated Safety Glass
13
Motor Vehicles-Protection Against Theft
14
Motor Vehicles- lmpact Strength
15
Motor Vehicles-Methods of Test for Impact Strength-Part 1: Frontal Impact
16
Motor Vehicles-Methods of Test for Impact Strength-
Part 2: Rear Impact
17
Motor Vehicles-Methods of Test for Impact Strength-
Part 4: Roof Strength
18
Motor Vehicles-Safety Requirements for Pilgrim Buses
19
Motor Vehicles-Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)- Location and Attachment
20
Motor Vehicles: General Requirements

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FROM SASO
The Saudi Arabian Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization SASO stipulates that in addition to submitting the GCC certificate of the product before entering the Saudi market, the vehicle needs to meet additional Saudi requirements.

No.
Item
1
Fuel Economy Labeling Requirements for New Light Duty Vehicles.
2
Saudi Arabia Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standard (Saudi Café) for Incoming Light Duty Vehicles(2016-2020)
3
Specification for DAB, DVB and DRM Broadcasting Receivers 
4
Motor Vehicles-Safety Requirements for School Busses
5
Motor Vehicles- Front Under Run Protective Devices
In trucks and lts Methods of Test
6
Motor Vehicles-Lateral Protection of Truck and Trailer
and lts Methods of Test
7
Motor Vehicles-Rear Under Run Protective Devices In
Truck and Trailer and lts methods of Test
8
Electric-Powered Vehicles_Electrolyte Spillage And Electrical Shock Protection
9
Electric Safety

The Saudi Standards and Metrology Group SASO also issued the requirements for SASO eCall. From 2023 Model Year, that is, from 2022, all new light vehicles exported to Saudi Arabia (with a maximum total mass of not more than 3500kg) should be equipped with eCall system; from 2025 Model Year, Starting from 2024, all light vehicles exported to Saudi Arabia should be equipped with an eCall system and meet the requirements of the regulations SASO 2944: 2020.

ATIC works with Saudi Arabia's SASO officials and designated certification bodies, provides one-stop testing, factory audit and certification services mainly for Chinese manufactures.

ABOUT ATIC
ATIC is a young technical service company from China, established in 2015. ATIC is committed to integrate domestic and international regulations, testing and certification resources with a global perspective in the context of globalization, and establish a new, specialized regulation research, testing and certification platform. With innovative Digital Reporting System (DRS), Customer Service Platform (CSP) and self-developed Global Vehicle Regulation Database (GVRD), ATIC’s compliance service covers more than 54 countries/regions globally, testing and certification service covers more than 30 countries/regions worldwide. ATIC serve more than 3,300 manufactures each year.

SASO CERTIFICATION PLEASE CONTACT 

Aiden
Aiden Chen
Senior Sales Engineer
Graduated from Chang'an University with a major in vehicle engineering and served for well-known bus company in vehicle testing positions. 
In ATIC, Aiden is now committed to improve customer experience and relationship with systematic, professional and digitalized methods and practices
Phone: +86 18829891201
Email: aiden.chen@atic-cn.com