Fake items decline 45%

Updated 29 January 2014

Fake items decline 45%

Smuggling of counterfeit products into the Kingdom has come down by 45 percent compared to last year, director general of Customs department, said on the occasion of International Customs Day in Riyadh.
Salih Al-Khilaiwi said, “More than 124 million counterfeit pieces were prevented from entering the country last year, in addition to confiscation of about 40 million fake items.”
He said, “The department depends heavily on its staff to control and prevent smuggling of counterfeit goods into local markets. We put in all efforts to ensure that our employees work efficiently.”
On the issue of low-efficiency air-conditioners that do not conform to recent Saudi specifications, he said: “We prevented more than 30,000 air-conditioners from entering the Kingdom,” adding that the Ministry of Commerce is taking initiative to re-export these with the cooperation of the Saudi Arabian Standards Organization (SASO) and the Customs department.
He said the revenues of the department have touched SR23 billion, adding that he expects the figure to go up the next year in view of the increasing imports.


Saudi Arabia appoints new FM, transport minister

Updated 23 October 2019

Saudi Arabia appoints new FM, transport minister

  • Saudi Arabia appointed Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al-Faisal foreign minister
  • Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser was appointed transport minister

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia appointed Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al-Faisal foreign minister and Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser transport minister, according to royal decrees published by Saudi Press Agency on Wednesday.

Amongst the other decrees, Saleh Mohammed Al-Othaim was appointed deputy head of the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority, whilst Abdullah bin Sharaf Al-Ghamdi was appointed head of the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority.

Tariq Abdullah Al-Sheddi was appointed head of the National Data Management Office, and Essam Abdullah Al-Waqit was appointed director of the National Information Center. 

Ibrahim Al-Assaf was relieved of his post as Saudi minister of foreign affairs, and Nabil bin Mohammed Al-Amoudi was relieved of his position as minister of transport.