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Restrictions & Sanctions

Trading restrictions (Saudi Arabia)

Trading restrictions imposed against Saudi Arabia

Trading restrictions imposed by Saudi Arabia

  • Arab League Boycott of Israel: Saudi Arabia's Position
    According to information received from local contacts the following are prohibited from calling at Saudi Arabian ports.

    - Vessels of Israeli flag / registry.
    - Israeli owned, operated and/or managed vessels.
    - Vessels with Israeli crew / officers on board.
    - Vessels carrying Israeli cargo.

    Vessels that have previously been owned, operated and/or managed by an Israeli concern, but have subsequently been sold on, are now free to call at Saudi Arabian ports.

    Vessels which have previously traded to Israel are no longer prohibited from calling Saudi Arabian ports. I.e. Vessels are now free to call an Israeli port prior to calling at a Saudi Arabian port on the same voyage, but for cargo in-transit, loaded from Israeli port, permission has to be obtained from Port Authorities prior to loading of cargo.  No Israeli cargo will be allowed to discharge at Saudi Ports.
  • Iran
    According to reports Iranian flagged ships are banned from Saudi ports.

  • Qatar
    In June 2017 Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut ties with Qatar and imposed restrictions affecting amongst other things shipping, trading, and travelling in the area.

    On 5 January 2021, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and the rest of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states, along with Egypt, signed the “Al-Ula Declaration” at the 41st GCC Summit held in the city of Al-Ula. Since the signing of the Declaration, we understand that steps have been taken to re-open land, sea and air corridors..

  • United Nations Security Council Resolutions


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