Saudi Export Development Center
SEDC

Foundation of the Center
As a result of the interest of the government of the Kingdom to create the suitable climate and environment for building the correct productivity base, many high quality industries were built. These industries were able to cover the needs of the local markets and save extra productive energy which can be exported abroad and in need of supporting programs to direct them to the foreign markets. As a result of this, the second conference of the Saudi Businessmen advised the establishment of an organization for the development of Saudi Exports. 

The Council of Saudi Chambers of Commerce in its 14th assembly in 23rd of Safar 1406 H. (11th. Nov. 1985) agreed upon the establishment of the Exports Development Centre. The Centre should function under the guidance of the Council of Saudi Chambers of Commerce and gets financial support from of the Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Riyadh, Jeddah and Eastern region. 

Objectives of The Center : 
The main goal of the Center of Saudi Exports Development lays in activating the non- petroleum products and services and all factors that develop exports. To achieve these goals the Center was given the following rights. 

  1. To develop suggestions that assist the government to plan the policy of exports, participate in studies of exports promotions and cooperate with other bodies connected to the exports field to introduce suitable services for the sector of exporters. 

  2. To make researches and analysis for measuring the Kingdom's export ability and prepare studies on the actual situation of the foreign markets, their ability and the competing commodities with the Saudi products. 

  3. To build the suitable marketing plans that achieve a good level of competition in the international markets for the goods and services that the Kingdom has got proportional advantage and to participate in developing the designs of national products to meet the needs of the markets to which they are directed and also the packing and exhibiting to fit the tastes in those markets. 

  4. To draw exporting plans for the exporting establishments, companies and industries on their request. It also offers consultant services in the area of international trade to local exporters and offer training for the exporting sector in all areas related to exports. 

  5. To be aware of internal and external problems, obstacles and difficulties and to suggest the solutions in cooperation with national or international, private or governmental establishments who can participate in achieving this goal. 

  6. Publication of periodicals, books and brochures on topics related to export activity and making announcement for the Saudi products. For Example: 

  • To send commercial delegations to foreign markets and offer facilities and needed preparations to assist business-men in commercial discussion and negotiations. 

  • To arrange and execute internal exhibitions that announce for national products and services and to participate in international exhibitions and to encourage exports participation in these exhibitions. 

  • To announce in local and foreign newspapers, magazines and periodicals. 

  • To arrange invitations to the imports missions and the commercial representatives of different embassies in the Kingdom to visit productive and marketing centres. 

  • To arrange local and international marketing and exporting gathering and conferences. 

  1. To participate in the membership of committees between the Kingdom, the Arab, Islamic and friend countries to offer consultancy for list of national goods and products available for export. 

Fields of The Center
The main goal of the Saudi Exports Centre is to activate and develop exports of non-petroleum products and services and all factors that develop these exports. This should be achieved through: 

  • Export's General Policy 

  1. To develop suggestions that assist the government to plan for exports of the Kingdom. 

  2. To participate in studies related to exports rules and promotions in relation to other countries experience to achieve lower expenses for exporting activities. 

  • Information Field 

  1. Marketing Data collection and treatment and its distribution among the Saudi Exporting sector. 

  2. Preparation of information and statistics related to international trade in the targeted markets. 

  3. To initiate exports' information centre to furnish exporters with all needed information. 

  4. To make an international trade point and to be linked with the project of international trade points. 

  5. To make a link between the information centre and the banks and information center in other countries. 

  • Promotion of Exports 

  1. To arrange and make internal and external exhibitions to propagate national products and services. Also to participate in international exhibitions, encourage and arrange the participation of exporters in these exhibitions. 

  2. To arrange propagatory missions "exports' delegations" to the foreign markets, offer facilities and needed preparations to the members of these delegations throughout the commercial negations. 

  3. Publication of periodicals, books and issuances related to the subject of exports. 

  4. To announce in local and foreign newspapers, magazines, periodicals and issuances. 

  5. To arrange invitations for export mission to visit the Kingdom and also commercial representatives of the different embassies in the Kingdom to visit production and marketing. 

  6. To arrange export assemblies and conferences abroad. 

  7. To participate in assemblies and conferences held by specialized parties abroad. 

  8. To make suitable marketing plans to achieve competition in the international markets for goods and services in which the kind has proportional advantage. 

  • Studies 

  1. To do field researches and analysis for measuring the abilities of exports of the Kingdom. 

  2. To make studies on the actual situation of the foreign markets and their ability and the goods competing with the Saudi products, to make the importers aware of them. 

  • Exporters Service

  1. To make exports plans for establishments and companies on their request or by self initiation. 

  2. Participation in developing national products designs to fit the needs of the targeted markets and also the packing and the suitable exhibiting in those markets. 

  3. To offer consultant services to the exporters in the area of foreign trade. 

  4. To make exporting sector in the Kingdom aware of exporting chances available abroad. 

  • Coordination with Official Bodies

  1. To be aware of internal and external problems, difficulties and obstacles, studying them and suggesting solutions. 

  2. To cooperate with national establishments who can participate in executing programs that increase the size and valure of exports.

  3. To cooperate with the services organizations related to exports to maintain suitable services to the exporters. 

  4. To participate in the membership of the committees between the Kingdom and some Arab, Islamic and friendly countries to offer technical consultations related to national producible goods and products. 

  • Qualifying National Skills 

  1. To arrange specialized training courses for qualifying the national skills working in the area of exports. 

  2. To arrange lectures, symposiums and workshops related to the subject of international trade. 

  3. To assist the producing organizations in small and medium companies to start their exports. 

  • Financing

  1. To make the Saudi exporters aware of the presence of finance and guarantee organizations on both regional and international levels. 

  2. To make use of programs introduced by funds and finance organizations on regional and international levels for financing and guaranteeing Saudi exports. 

  3. Coordination with development funds and commercial banks in the Kingdom to facilitate finance and important guarantees for Saudi exports. 

  4. Coordination with development funds and finance organizations to be aware of the projects financed by them and to pass these information to Saudi exporters. 

  • Other Fields

  1. Development of cooperation levels with international, regional, bilateral and local organizations to activate exports. 

  2. To make foreign investors aware of investment opportunities in projects directed to exports and to participate in marketing studies for these projects and assist in the area of financial investment for the purpose of exporting. 

Membership of the Centre:
Although the Center offers free services to all Saudi exporters but there are some specialized extra services that need financial covering to be properly offered. For that reason the Center opened his membership for companies and industries for the purpose of making use of these extra services. Members should pay varying charges to support the centre to achieve the goal of introducing the Saudi products in international markets. These advantages are according to membership class which is classified as follows: 

1. Distinctive Class membership. 
2. First class membership. 
3. Second class membership.

For more information about SEDC, Please contact:
Saudi Export Development Center (SEDC)
Council of Saudi Chamber of Commerce & Industry
P.O. Box : 220130 - Riyadh 11311
Saudi Arabia
Tel : (9661) 2765443
Fax: (9661) 4065196/4050542
E-Mail: info@sedc.org.sa
URL: www.sedc.org.sa
Executive Manager: Mr. Eid A. Al-Kahtanni
Coordinator: Eng. Wael A. Al-Aql (Ext.: 25)

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