Issuing a blacklist for violators and prevent importing from them
The Ministry of Commerce and Investment signed an agreement today with The Chinese General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ), and set a schedule for the program of cooperation in the convention, which aims to monitor the goods coming from China to be in conformity with the approved Saudi standards and specifications.
The agreement also stated that there would be a cooperation with the Chinese authorities to trace the sources of the violating goods and penalize the exporter by listing his business name in a black list of violators that will include manufacturers, importers and exporters, and by that prevent them from practicing business with anyone from Saudi Arabia.
Today, an executive program was signed to put the terms of the agreement in time plan for implementation, which includes that MIC establish an electronic database that is linked to concerned agencies in the Kingdom, like the Saudi General Customs Authority and Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality. This database will be linked to the Chines electronic system C-Rapex at The Chinese General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ), in addition to gathering the systems and related specifications in one database available to all parties
The executive program includes supervision of laboratories that test the products and issued certificates to ensure its authentication and list the results in the database. The program includes terms to ensure that the exchanged products accompanied by conformity certificates issued by the country of origin, and come from a known source to the Kingdom.
Under the terms of the program, the Chinese authorities will inspect the violated establishments seized by the Saudi authorities, penalize them, and share the result with the Kingdom. The Program authorized the Saudi authorities to communicate with commercial and industrial enterprises of China to ensure their understanding of the latest required standards in the Kingdom. It is worth mentioning that a period of six months is set to gather a proper team and eight months to build the database.