Saudi Arabia and South Korea Sign MoU for Mutual Recognition of Economic Operator Program


Riyadh – The Saudi Zakat, Tax, and Customs Authority have signed a significant memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Korea Customs Service, solidifying the mutual recognition of an economic operator program approved by both countries.

The MoU was signed in the presence of Suhail bin Mohammed Abanmi, the authority’s governor, and Ko Kwang-hyo, the Korea Customs Service commissioner.

The memorandum, announced through a post on the social media platform X, aims to enhance the security of the supply chain and facilitate trade by establishing a framework for the exchange of privileges provided to economic operators accredited by customs authorities in Saudi Arabia and South Korea. This collaborative initiative is expected to expedite the process of goods clearance at customs ports, bolster trade exchange, and support the economies of both nations.

The signing of the memorandum took place during a series of meetings between the Korean customs delegation and the Saudi authority. The discussions focused on various common customs issues and explored ways to strengthen cooperation between the two countries.

By establishing a system of mutual recognition of the economic operator program, Saudi Arabia and South Korea seek to streamline trade procedures and create a more efficient and secure environment for businesses engaged in international commerce. The program’s recognition will provide accredited economic operators with certain privileges and benefits, enabling them to navigate customs procedures more smoothly and expedite the movement of goods across borders.

This landmark agreement underscores the commitment of both Saudi Arabia and South Korea to foster stronger economic ties and enhance bilateral trade. It represents a significant step towards maximizing the potential for commercial cooperation, promoting investment, and facilitating the flow of goods between the two nations.

The mutual recognition of the economic operator program is expected to strengthen trade relations, boost business confidence, and encourage greater participation of companies from Saudi Arabia and South Korea in each other’s markets. The streamlined customs procedures will not only benefit the economic operators but will also contribute to the overall competitiveness and economic growth of both countries.

As Saudi Arabia and South Korea deepen their collaboration in the customs and trade domain, this memorandum of understanding sets the stage for closer cooperation between the two nations. It paves the way for future initiatives aimed at enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of customs processes, ultimately fostering sustainable economic development and prosperity for both Saudi Arabia and South Korea.

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