Update on Energy Efficiency Requirements of Exports of Electricals to Saudi Arabia

Energy Efficiency Requirements for Electric Motors

Following the previous circular issued by SASO which requires compliance of electrical motors to the energy efficiency requirements per SASO IEC 60034-30. Exporters should ensure that testing of electrical motors under the scope of the Energy Efficiency Requirements is performed by SASO approved laboratories.

These are laboratories which have acquired approved registration in accordance with the guidelines set by SASO including the mandate that laboratories must include in their scope SASO IEC 60034-30 (or IEC 60034-30).

All submitted test reports will be subject to checking for this requirement prior to acceptance once the EER registration for electric motors has been fully established by SASO.

SASO also announced the exemption of Electric motors imported as integral components for manufacturing a final product locally in Saudi (e.g. air conditioners, pumps, etc.).

To obtain the exemption, exporters should follow the procedures on the Mechanism of Exemption using the Saudi Customs exemption system.

Air Conditioners, Washing Machines, Freezers & Refrigerators

All Exporters of Air-conditioners, Washing machines, Freezers and Refrigerators should meet the minimum star rating in addition to compliance with the respective SASO standards for Energy Efficiency Labelling.

ProductMinimum Star Rating
Washing machines (≤ 12kg)4
Freezers & Refrigerators (≤ 30ft3)1
Window type A/C (CC ≤ 24000 BTU/hr)5
Window type A/C (24000 < CC ≤ 70000 BTU/hr)3
Split type A/C (CC ≤ 70000 BTU/hr)7

Manufacturers/exporters of AC/Spilt type should renew their EER certificate and labels (with 7 to 10 stars).

Lighting Products and Lamps

SASO has recently approved a technical regulation regarding the energy efficiency requirements for imported and locally manufactured lighting products in Saudi. Compliance to the technical regulation will start on the second quarter of 2016. The scope covers lamps working with flashing lighting and halogen techniques, Compact Fluorescent lamps (CFLi) and light-emitting diode (LED) lamps.

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