Enforcement of SASO OXO-Biodegradable Mark for Degradable Plastic Products

Wed 7 Mar 2018
Posted by: William Barns-Graham
Trade News

XDS Solutions, IOE&IT corporate member and expert in export certificates of conformity, has received notification from The Saudi Arabian Standards Organization (SASO), that with immediate effect, the list of degradable plastic products required to carry the OXO-Biodegradable Mark has been reduced to 5.  Including one time use plastic bags, and table covers.

All other products, previously included, are on hold until further notice.  This includes bubble wrap (HS Code 39211100) and cling film type products (HS Code 39211300).

This simple regulatory update. Provided by XDS Solutions Technical Manager Martin Churches will help ensure Institute members are prepared.  

Which HS Codes need to comply with the SASO OXO-Biodegradable Mark?

The list of 5 products, along with corresponding HS Codes, as provided by SASO is included below:

saso hs codes

Martin Churches says: “We are relieved to receive clarification from SASO regarding the proposed regulation.  It means that, for the time being at least, exporters can ship with confidence, certain of which products will be subject to compliance of the SASO technical regulation for degradable plastic products”.


SASO OXO-Biodegradable Mark – Examples to Consider

Must comply:

A shipment of retail plastic bags.  As the consignment itself carries one of the 5 listed HS Codes then the finished product must carry the SASO OXO-Biodegradable mark to comply.

Not required to comply:

A computer in a box, wrapped in a plastic packaging.  The consignment itself is not plastic and therefore the shipment is not required to comply.

No need for guess work.  XDS Solutions Account Managers are on hand to provide regulatory clarification and arrange CoC and Oxo-Biodegradable Mark issuance, fast.  Visit their website and connect with an expert via Live Chat today >> 

SASO OXO-Biodegradable Mark

The SASO technical regulation for degradable plastic products stipulates that products matching the 5 HS Codes above must be oxo-biodegradable and bear the below logo:

biodegradable mark

In order to register your products for the SASO Oxo-Biodegradable Mark, an application will need to be made to SASO for each product you need licensing and the products will need to meet all of the requirements set out in SASO Regulation no. M.A-156-16-03-03.

Stay informed – SASO Technical Regulation for Degradable Plastic Products

Further updates are expected from SASO relating to the technical regulation for degradable plastic products.  

To understand more, ensure you stay up to date with the rollout of the new regulation, and are notified of future changes as they happen register your details with the XDS Solutions SASO Account Team via enquiries@xds-solutions.com or +44 01245 249002.

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About XDS Solutions:

Chelmsford-based XDS Solutions was launched in 2013 to offer export managers a fast and simple way to organise SASO and SONCAP Certificates of Conformity. With more than 12 years’ experience navigating export documentation, its founders knew well the frustration felt at being unable to find a straightforward route. Instead of slow, complex, web-based conformity assessment, an XDS Account Manager personally manages every step of each client’s compliance journey.  Moving mountains to meet certification deadlines.

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