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(Last Updated On: 2022年5月10日)

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Riyadh Saudi Arabia

Riyadh (in Arabic الرياض‎ Ar-Riyāḍ) is the capital of Saudi Arabia, located slightly east of the center of the country in the heart of the Tuwaiq escarpment.

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shipping cost from china to saudi arabia

shipping from China to Saudi :

freight cost 800-1500USD for full container shipping; 5-20USD/CBM for lcl shipping;  4-9 USD/KG by air shipping

transport time :

shipping transport is about 25-40days; by air port to port takes about 2-5days; by express delivery take about 3-5days; by DDU/DDP air takes 10-15days; by DDU/DDP sea takes about 35-45days



China, the US, and Germany are the three major trading partners of Saudi Arabia.

Ocean freight shipping will range from $289 for a 20-foot container to $3,000 for the larger containers. Saudi Arabia occupies most of the Arabian Peninsula, is geographically speaking, it’s the second-largest country in the Arab world. It’s also the world’s second-largest oil producer and largest exporter, controlling the world’s second-largest hydrocarbon reserves. Its main imports include refined petroleum, cars, and packaged pharmaceuticals.

If your business leverages the healthy exchange of trade between the two countries, your supply chain doubtless depends on ocean or air freight to import from China to Saudi Arabia. To make this easier for you, we answer questions about different shipping options, costs, transit times, customs clearance, and ports of export and import on this page.

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Ship From China to Saudi

We offer the following services:

  • Full container loads (FCL) and less than container loads (LCL).
  • DDP (Delivery Duty Paid) & DDU (Delivery Duty Unpaid)
  • Port to Port, Door to Door, Door to Port, Port to Door
  • warehouse and other value-added service base customer request
  • FCL/LCL /DDU/DDU shipping rate from china to Saudi Arabia,Flexible shipping schedule and fast shipping process.

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We offer charter flights from China to riyadh, JED Saudi Arabia. So our price is very competitive and space enough and schedule is stabilization. schedule is daily we cooperate airline is SV, UL

How much does it cost to ship to Saudi Arabia?

Saudi Arabia is the 20th largest exporter of goods and the 32nd largest import market in the world. Foreign trade accounts for 67% of its GDP (2019). Petroleum products account for a large majority of its exports (78.5% of total exports in 2018).

In 2019, Saudi Arabia’s exports reached $170 billion and its imports $96.2 billion; Its main customers are China with $29.1 billion i.e. 3.3% of exports, Japan ($25 billion), and India ($19.4 billion).

Leading its main suppliers are China ($18.3 billion- 16.5% of imports), the United States ($7.66 billion), and Germany ($7.19 billion).

The import and export procedures are easy and well organized, in addition to the abundance of sea, land and air shipping routes and ports.

Maritime transport contributes about 59.5% of the total Saudi imports, followed by air transport at 24.8%, followed by land transport with 15.7%.

Major 11 Ports in Saudi Arabia


1.jeddah port saudi arabia

Jeddah is the second largest city in Saudi Arabia and a major trading centre, located on the Red Sea coast.

On the maritime level, the port of Jeddah is the most important Saudi port and one of the most important in the world, where goods from the West transit to the interior of the country. The city was a staging post on the road to India.

75% of the merchandise entering the country by sea transits through the port of Jeddah, making it the most important port in the country with a capacity of 130 million tons, or 39 ships at the same time.

Located right in the middle of the international shipping routes that connect the East to the West this port is crucial to the sustenance of Jeddah as Saudi Arabia’s commercial capital. Jeddah is the second-largest city in Saudi Arabia and the Jeddah Islamic Port is not only the second-largest port among Arab countries but’s also one of the busiest ports in the region.

Since the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is the number one exporter of oil in the world this port comes in handy in handling the storage of oil as well as the exportation of the country’s premier export commodity. It handles more than 65% of the country’s import commodities as well. It’s the country’s main port in the Red Sea.

The port contains more than 1700 modern cargo handling equipment. The Jeddah Islamic Port features massive warehouses to handle retention of cargo where applicable, a ship building and repair yard, 62 berths all equipped with the latest in technology. The berths can handle everything from livestock cargo to passenger-cargo and bulk grain, containers as well as general cargo. The overall capacity of the port is 130 million tonnes across the 5 terminals. This port is expected to employ automation at terminals with time.


2.King Abdulaziz Port Dammam Port

Locally known simply as Dammam port, this port is the largest port within the Persian Gulf. It also lays claim to being the second busiest port in North Africa and the Middle East combined. It comes second to the Jeddah Islamic Port in operations and capacity.

This is the main port of the country in the Arabian Gulf and it handles a large share of the export services for the oil industry. The port features a refrigerated cargo terminal, two general cargo terminals, shared container and bulk grain terminals as well as 1st and 2nd container terminals.

The port is also home to a specialized training center in maritime science and technology, a marine control tower, a ship repair yard, a re-export area, warehouses, and yards for transshipments. Within the port are a residential complex for employees, a commercial market, and a mosque. It’s a fully self-sufficient economy within the port.


The port of Jazan is characterized by its location close to eastern and western maritime trade routes between Europe and the Far East, the Persian Gulf and East Africa. The city of Jizan is connected to the rest of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with a modern road network that enables it to serve the southern regions of the Kingdom. The port of Jazan is a modern port with modern facilities. The port also has eight ships which are locomotives and service vessels.

4.King Fahad Industrial Port Yanbu

It is a port located in Yanbu governorate on the Red Sea coast, and is considered the largest loading port for crude oil, refined products and petrochemicals on the Red Sea, and is dedicated to serving industrial complexes and meeting their needs in addition to exporting crude oil and its refined derivatives as well as liquid and solid petrochemicals to international markets. The port was built specifically to serve industrial parks and meet their requirements.

It’s on the line between America and Europe mediates through the Suez Canal and the Far East through the Bab al-Mandab

5.King Fahad Industrial Port Jubail

This port was developed from the country’s proceeds of oil and gas exports. The King Fahad Industrial Port Jubail was primarily created to service the Jubail Industrial city meaning it is the main import port for raw materials that go into Jubail Industrial city. In the same breathe it’s also supposed to help handle the exports coming from the industrial city to the regional and international markets.

It handles three different types of refined petroleum, chemical fertilizer, iron ore cargo, petroleum gas products like butane, propylene, Ethylene, and Phenol chloride. This port is crucial in the seamless trading of products with the players in the Jubail industrial city.

6.The commercial port of Jubail

It was established in 1977 – and all its facilities were completed in 1980 on an area of about 4 million square metres, making it one of the largest projects of its kind;

It is located on the east coast of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, overlooking the Persian Gulf, and 80 km north of the city of Dammam.

The port has 16 berths: 8 berths for general cargo handling; 4 berths for bulk cargo handling; 4 berths for container handling. It has equipment and a fleet of warships, such as towing locomotives, guide boats and mooring boats, which makes it permanently ready to perform manoeuvres to berth and leave ships in various weather conditions in a safe and without delay.

7.Gizan Port

The port of Gizan or Jizan, is located on the southern Red Sea coast, really close to some of the most important ocean routes to Europe and other eastern countries. An airport is also located nearby, connecting with cities from the country.

This is a mid-size modern port, pretty well equipped with equipment to manage large-size cargo like containers. As an example, in 2009, it managed more than 839 tonnages.

8.Ras al Mishab Port

Works started for its creation in 2008 so the port is the last industrial port in Saudi Arabia and its importance lies in its new industrial zone of diversified production.

It is a Saudi industrial port located in the city of Ras Al-Khair in eastern Saudi Arabia, on the coast of the Persian Gulf, about 80 km from the Saudi industrial city of Jubail.

The port is considered as one of the pillars of the Saudi economy to supply vital programmes and projects implemented by the public and private sectors in the industrial zone of Ras Al Khair.

9.Ras al Ghar Port

The port of Ras al Ghar is also located in the Northeast coast of Saudi Arabia, this port is not really prepared for managing big sizes cargo, and it helps to move regional or small amounts of shipments. It has around 989 nautical miles, and there are facilities like transport or restaurants.

10.Ras Tanura Port

The port of Ras Tanura is located near the city of Dammam, at the Northeast coast. This region of Saudi Arabia also has its own airport and highway infrastructure, helping export and import movements in the area. Even if is not a big port, is prepared to manage mid-size cargo. This port also covers different types of military practices.

11.Dhuba Port

It is located in the city of Dubai, in the Tabuk region, northwest of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It was opened as a link between the northwestern region of the Kingdom and the global economy.

The port contains geographical elements that support it in attracting goods destined for the northern region of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council and Iraq, which is located at the end of the northern Red Sea coast.

The port of Duba is the closest Saudi port to Egyptian ports overlooking the Red Sea. It is also the closest Saudi port to the Suez Canal, and therefore the closest to the countries of the Mediterranean basin and its port in the region on international trade lines.

This portal was established in order to help the north-west areas of Saudi Arabia. Is the closest port of the country to the Suez Canal, and has routes to Greece, Turkey, and French ports.

The port of Dhaba also receives passengers and cargo shipments and is equipped with modern infrastructures in order to handle different types of cargo.

How long does it take to ship from China to Saudi Arabia?

Your shipment transit time will depend on location, cargo size, and season. Here is a table of delivery time estimates:


Port to Port

Door to Door

Sea Freight (FCL)

13-25 days

22-26 days

Sea Freight (LCL)

16-28 days

23-28 days

How much does it cost to ship to Saudi Arabia?

Sea freight allows you to ship huge quantities of items at very competitive costs with reasonable transit time. It’s the best deal for regular shipments.

  • Average price for an FCL container from China- Saudi Arabia (high season): $3000

ocean freight to Saudi Arabia from China: 20’ container

Shipping from Xin gang (CNXIP Port)Shipping from Dalian
(CNDLC Port)
Shipping from Qingdao (CNTAO Port)
Shipping to Dammam (SADMN Port)2000$2200$ 
Shipping to Jubail (SAJUB Port)2000$2200$ 

*The quotations (estimates) are daily shipping rates for port-to-port high season FCL.

Container freight rates from China to Saudi Arabia: 40’ container

Shipping from Xin gang (CNXIP Port)Shipping from Dalian
(CNDLC Port)
Shipping from Qingdao (CNTAO Port)
Shipping to Dammam (SADMN Port)3000$3500$ 
Shipping to Jubail (SAJUB Port)3000$3500$ 

*The quotations are daily shipping rates for port-to-port high season FCL.

  • Average price for sea LCL: $100

air freight to saudi arabia

Generally, air shipping is quicker but more costly than sea shipping.



City servedProvinceICAOIATAAirport name
International airports
DammamEasternOEDFDMMKing Fahd International Airport
AmaalaTabuknonenoneAmaala International Airport
JeddahMakkah (Mecca)OEJNJEDKing Abdulaziz International Airport
RiyadhRiyadhOERKRUHKing Khalid International Airport
Medina (Madinah)Al MadinahOEMAMEDPrince Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz International Airport
Al-Hofuf, Al-AhsaEasternOEAHHOFAl-Ahsa International Airport
YanbuAl MadinahOEYNYNBPrince Abdul Mohsin bin Abdulaziz International Airport
BuraidahAl-QassimOEGSELQPrince Nayef Bin Abdulaziz Regional Airport

 King Khalid International Airport is located 35 kilometres (22 mi) north of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and was designed in 1983.

The airport occupies an area of approximately 225 square kilometres and includes terminals, a mosque, the control tower and the airfield with two parallel runways, each 4,200 metres (13,800 ft.) long, the royal pavilion, the air cargo building, the post office, the private aviation building, ground crossings, aircraft parking and a shopping centre.

The airport is the gateway to the capital of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and is the centre of national air transport. It was built to meet international and local air transport requirements for the Riyadh region.



   King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) is an airport facility located 19 km north of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Named after King Abdulaziz Al Saud, the airport is the third largest airport facility in Saudi Arabia.

The airport occupies an area of 15 square kilometres. This area includes not only the airport itself, but also a royal terminal, Royal Saudi Air Force facilities and accommodation facilities for airport staff.



It is located 25 kilometres northwest of Dammam, Saudi Arabia. It is the largest airport in the world in terms of surface area (780 km²), even larger than the neighbour country of Bahrain.

The General Civil Aviation Authority of Saudi Arabia finally opened the new Dammam King Fahd International Airport on 28 November 1999 to commercial traffic, and all airlines have transferred their operations from Dhahran Airport, which was used until then.

The new Dammam Airport serves the entire eastern region of Saudi Arabia.



 Prince Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz International Airport is a regional airport located in the western Saudi city of Madinah. It is the fourth busiest airport in Saudi Arabia, with 1 million passengers yearly, including 378,715 charter passengers to the Hajj. It operates an average of 20 to 25 flights per day.

It is the main hub and operations center for Saudi Arabian Airlines. It is also considered the Makkah Air Gate,


  Saudi Airlines Cargo Saudi Cargo is one of the leading companies with its weight in the global freight market. It operates direct flights from China to Saudi Arabia in order to meet the growing demand for cargo operations and to boost commercial traffic to and from the Asian continent.

Should I get insurance for shipping to Saudi Arabia from China?

When calculating your shipping costs, don’t forget to protect yourself in case your goods are damaged or lost. you can do this through your freight forwarder.

 Honourocean Shipping Provides you with tailored commercial insurance that allows the buyer to receive a full refund if your merchandise is stolen, damaged or lost in transit.

Generally, and Depending on the type of items, the insurance costs are about 0.1 to 0.5% of your Commercial Invoice Price i.e. the shipment + transport value you should pay for the items.

How long does standard air shipping take?

Average transit time by airfreight:

2-3 days (daily direct flight)

3-7days(transfer flight)

How is customs duty calculated in Saudi Arabia?

In Saudi Arabia, the Customs duties and import taxes average is about 4.85%.

Only Saudi companies, 100% owned by Saudis, can import. Importers will need to obtain a license from the Department of Commerce and Industry and then consult with the relevant Ministry, depending on the nature of the goods to be imported.

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What is the import duty in Saudi Arabia?

You will be required to pay customs duty and GST when importing from China to Saudi Arabia before your products are published into the nation. Those costs may be substantial. Investigating your expenses early can prevent you from getting caught by accident.

Saudi Arabia Council of Ministers announced an increase to the rates of customs duties, effective 20 June 2020.

The customs duties rate increases the range from 0.5% to 15%.

A full list of new duty rates can be found on the Saudi Customs website. Briefly, imported products affected by the customs duty rate increase include dairy and food products, chemicals, plastic, rubber, leather, paper, clothes, shoes, fabrics, marble, ceramics, porcelain, glass, various metals, furniture, and machinery.

For example:

  • Foods and beverages—the customs duty rates for dairy products, yogurt, buttermilk, cream, natural butter, butter oil, fresh cheese, maize (corn) starch, glucose sugar, cream caramel, and artificial honey have increased from 5% to a range between 6% and 15%, depending on the product.
  • Chemicals—the customs duty rates for bulk gypsum, zinc oxide, polyamide, silicon resins, bidets, reservoirs tanks, screws, bolts, and washers have increased from 5% and 12% to a range between 5.5% and 15%, depending on the product.
  • Leather products—for example, the customs duty rates for raw skins of goats, tanned skins of goats in the wet state split but not further prepared, and further prepared after tanning skins of sheep without wool un-split have increased from 12% to a new rate of 15%.
  • Straw, paper products—the customs duty rates for unbleached paper in rolls, box files, letter trays, and packing containers for files have increased from 5% to a range between 8% and 10%, depending on the product.
  • Carpets, clothes, shoes—the customs duty rates for synthetic staple fibers (not carded, combed or otherwise processed for spinning), non-woven fabrics, other non-woven fabrics of synthetic, carpets made of synthetic textile materials, blankets, and men ‘s shoes with outer layer of wood and leather have increased from 5% and 12% to a new rate of 15%.
  • Other products—the customs duty rates for marble and ceramic products, granite paving stones, pipes and pipes, plates and sheets of drawn glass, mixed cast iron, electric wires non-insulated, machinery and machine products, electrical appliances and parts thereof, certain car brands and parts, pumps, air compressors, combined refrigerator-freezers, digital control panels, optic fibers, and water meters have increased from 5%, 10%, and 12% to a range between 7% and 20%, depending on the product.

KPMG observation

Importers need to consider a detailed assessment of their supply chain and customs practices in an effort to explore strategies to mitigate the likely negative effect of the customs duty rate increases. For example, it would be prudent to determine that the correct tariff codes are applied, and to make use of customs duty exemptions and reductions available (including free trade agreements, General System of Preferences, etc.) and the use of bonded warehouses and tolling arrangements.

Read a July 2020 report prepared by KPMG International


There are a number of simple conditions that must be met for goods to be imported from China into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as follows:

  • Possession of a valid commercial record provided that the activity shown is identical to the listed cough.
  • Make sure to get your own customs code, and this is easy to get when you submit your commercial record to the customs authority.
  • The original document of origin of the goods, provided they are certified by the Chamber of Commerce in the country from which they are received.
  • An import invoice documented by the Ministry of Commerce of the country the goods are from.
  • A document stating that the incoming shipment conforms to Saudi or international specifications.
  • The presence of labels on goods that cannot be removed indicating the country of origin or export.
  • The expiry date of the commodity to comply with Saudi standards.
  • The imported medical goods must be registered with the Ministry of Health.
  • As for the visual, audio or printed publications, customs send samples from them to the Ministry of Information and Culture to ensure that they do not violate intellectual property rights.
  • As for animals and plants, they are subject to tests by the Ministry of Agriculture to ensure that they comply with health standards.

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  • Determining the required quantities of the targeted commodities.
  • Transport the goods to the specified port in the country of origin in preparation for shipment to Saudi Arabia.
  • Shipping goods to the agreed Saudi port.
  • Customs clearance of the shipment after submission of documents and payment of financial dues.
  • Receipt of the shipment and depositing it in warehouses in preparation for distribution.

NB: You must declare in full transparency what was actually paid to you from the Chinese source, and attach all the required documents correctly and not forged or tampered with, all this will avoid you losing your goods, as a result of legal sanctions.

   For more information you can check the Saudian customs website.

Air or Sea DDP shipping service to Saudi Arabia

if you don’t have any certification or want to arrange shipment more simply, you can select Honorocean shipping DDP services, mean from China to Saudi Arabia door to door including tax freight. 

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