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Saudi Arabia to expand duty free outlets beyond airports

Saudi Arabia intends to expand its duty-free stores beyond airports to land and seaports, and to ships and planes, the Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority said

A plan to update the rules for duty-free shops will be on the Public Consultation Platform until August 12 The requirement that store owners provide a $53,323 bank guarantee may be cancelled Products manufactured in the Kingdom will receive a 20% subsidy

Saudi Arabia intends to expand its duty-free stores beyond airports to land and seaports, and to ships and planes, the Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority said.

A plan to update the rules for duty-free shops will be on the Kingdom’s Public Consultation Platform (Istitlaa) until August 12, 2021. Previously, duty-free outlets were limited to departure halls at international airports, the Authority said.

The draft rules also include canceling the requirement that store owners provide a 200,000 Saudi Riyal ($53,323) bank guarantee, but they will need to hold third-party insurance policies for goods in warehouses and halls for potential risks such as fire.

Products manufactured in the Kingdom will receive a 20% subsidy, according to the draft rules. Sales of all products will be limited to the quantities allowed for each passenger as defined by the customs systems.