Saudi Arabia to not allow sale of liquor at duty-free shops: ZATCA

This photo taken on December 4, 2022 shows a night view of the city of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Xinhua/Wang Dongzhen)

Saudi duty-free markets established in the Kingdom’s entry ports will not sale liquor, as only goods and products that are permitted to be traded in the Kingdom will be allowed at the markets.


Jakarta (Indonesia Window) – Saudi Arabia’s Zakat, Tax, and Customs Authority (ZATCA) has confirmed that liquor will not be sold at the newly established duty-free markets in the Kingdom’s entry ports.


According to the rules and requirements for establishing duty-free markets, only goods and products that are permitted to be traded in the Kingdom will be allowed at the duty-free markets, ZATCA said on Friday (Jan. 6).

The authority has set the customs rules, requirements and procedures for establishing duty-free markets at air, sea and land ports, in accordance with the unified customs law for the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) countries, which includes the conditions related to the operation of duty-free markets.

The authority stressed that the decision will contribute to supporting supply chains and improving logistical services provided to duty-free markets by providing a wide range of goods and products for travel shopping.


“The duty-free shops will grant additional sales channels to local companies by selling their products to the duty-free operators, which supports and contributes to the promotion of national products,” the authority said.

The authority also clarified that duty-free markets are currently located in the departure terminals of King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, King Fahad International Airport in Dammam and Prince Muhammad bin Abdulaziz Airport in Madinah.

The authority seeks to expand opening duty-free markets as needed in air, sea and land ports.


Duty-free markets at customs outlets are defined as retail outlets that allow travelers to purchase goods and products that are permitted to be traded in the Kingdom, and which are subject to exemption from customs duties or taxes.

Tax exemption systems differ from one country to another depending on the location of the duty-free market — arrival or departure terminals — and in accordance with the provisions of the unified customs system and its executive regulations and other relevant regulations in each country.

Source: Saudi Gazette


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