Securing a commercial license is a crucial step for businesses wishing to conduct activities in Saudi Arabia. This license not only grants companies with the legal rights to run commercial activities in the country but also brings along benefits like access to state services, intellectual property rights protection, and the chance to bid for contracts and tenders.
As the largest economy in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), Saudi Arabia is rich in natural resources and boasts a robust infrastructure. The nation’s economy heavily relies on both domestic and international trade.
Saudi Arabia’s government takes various initiatives to promote the trade sector, making it highly attractive for businesses . This sector, encompassing industries such as retail, wholesale, import-export, and e-commerce, presents a plethora of opportunities for both local and international investors.
Saudi Arabia has a large young population, making it a big market for products. This is good for businesses looking to invest. Its strategic location, connecting over 424 million consumers, is another advantage for entrepreneurs looking to start a trade business in the KSA. Additionaly, Saudi Arabia sits between Europe, Africa, and Asia, making it a main spot for global trade.
Saudi Arabia has established free trade relationships with:
Acknowledging the importance of commercial endeavors, the Kingdom offers opportunities for foreign investors in the wholesale and retail sectors, subject to specific conditions. With the guidance from our business experts in Creative Zone Saudi Arabia, entrepreneurs can obtain their commercial licenses swiftly and efficiently.
Two Types of Licensing Options in Saudi Arabia:
1. 100% foreign commercial license
2. Commercial license with Saudi shareholder
You will provide an authenticated copy of the commercial register from at least three regional or global markets of the involved entity, verified by the Saudi Embassy.2
You must present the financial reports from the company’s most recent fiscal year, certified by the Saudi Embassy.
This license is available only to foreign companies that have a presence in a minimum of three regional or international markets.2
If a partner has received a previous license from the Ministry of Investment, this detail should be included in the partner’s information during the electronic application process.3
The minimum capital required to carry out wholesale and retail trade activity, according to the Ministry of Investment for foreign companies with a 100% ownership, is 30 million Saudi Riyals.4
In the initial five years, companies are expected to adhere to the following:
Companies must fulfill one of these criteria:
|The Standard||Minimum Requirement|
|Manufacturing||30% or more of the company’s products distributed locally shall be manufactured in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia|
|Research and development programs||5% or more of total sales shall be allocated to the establishment of research and development programs in the Kingdom|
|Logistics and distribution||The establishment of a unified centre to provide those services and provide after-sales services|
You will provide these documents:1
A copy of the commercial registration of the shareholding partner certified by the Saudi Embassy and a copy of the national identity if one of the partners is a natural person holding the nationality of one of the GCC countries (in case his data is not registered in the ABSHAR system).2
Your financial statements for the company’s last financial year certified by the Saudi Embassy.
The issued investment license will indicate that Saudi shareholders possess a minimum of 25% stake in the company.2
Premium residence holders have an exemption from providing the above documents.3
Any partner who has been previously licensed by the Ministry of Investment should have this information included during the online application process.4
If a partner possesses Saudi national identity, premium residence, or regular residence, their details or the commercial registration info of the Saudi enterprises they’re associated with should be input during the application.
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