As part of the Dakar 2021, we would like to draw your attention to the customs procedures to which you must submit.  The 100% Saudi Arabia race meaning that you must take the utmost care with your administrative formalities.

Regarding the importation of your vehicle and equipment, you must be thorough and strictly follow the instructions provided by the organisers and you may contact Axelerom International for door to door services.

In order to respect customs instructions and so as to avoid problems in Saudi Arabia, all the competitors must imperatively possess the same stock of spare parts on entering and exiting Saudi Arabia (cf. the Rules), in compliance with the PACKING LIST to be downloaded below.

For any questions concerning customs formalities, competitors should contact Axelerom International:

Axelerom International

Richard Daou – Axelerom International

Harun Abdulatif – Axelerom International

Myriam Bou Nader – Axelerom International

Emile Hoyek – Axelerom International

Khalil Al Khoury – Axelerom International

Joe Chamy – Axelerom International


Axelerom International ltd.
1st Floor, Office No. 2,
Al Hussein Business Center, Al Batarji Street
P.O.Box 126747 – ZIP Code 21352
Jeddah - Saudi Arabia

This year all the Dakar caravan members who will have vehicles/shipments to import to Saudi for Dakar 2021 are kindly requested to fill their information in the Packing List excel sheet that you can find below or download on the website of AXELEROM

Find out how to complete correctly your Packing List in the Guide below :

Find below the resume of the steps you must follow :

  • Download the packing list format
  • Fill the Packing List (Excel format) with all your information
  • Upload it online on AXELEROM INTERNATIONAL website :
  • Fill all the required information (6 steps) on the same website to validate your importation

All your information will be combined in one document to facilitate your process and Axelerom will take care of all remaining documentation related to Saudi Arabia customs requirements.

Your packing list must be uploaded under Execl format and must contain the following information :

  • Item description
  • HS Code of each item per line
  • Value in USD of each item mentioned
  • Quantity of each item mentioned

All your items (goods, material, tools, spare parts, … and the vehicle itself) shall be registered into a specific category with the appropriate HS code in the Packing List. HS code are mandatory and all items must be declared with the relevant HS Code.

You’ll find below all the categories and relevant HS Code for the Dakar 2021.

CategoriesHS code
Telecommunication material/equipment (routers, phones, telecom,…) 8517
Medics and products that might be consider as drugs 3001
Electronic devices/equipment (all electrical items) 8525
Oil/Fuel/Gas 2701
Spare parts (tyres…) / Tools and equipment 8205
Cars / Trucks / Quads 8703100
Motorcycle 8711100
Food 2106909
Others (personal effect, other than above) 9801000

DO NOT move any shipment to Saudi Arabia without the confirmation of ASO/ Axelerom International on the documentation and shipping instructions.



All the completed Packing Lists shall be uploaded before November, 27th directly on the website of Dakar 2021 official broker, Axelerom international at:

Once in the “customs office” in Marseille, you should have uploaded your packing list and your registration card on the Axelerom website and filled the customs requirement on the same website (see above). We strongly recomment you to bring and present the original vehicle registration certificate as well as the printed packing list and/or having the digital packing list copie on a pendrive.


For departure from abroad by means other than the boat from Marseille

All the other participants of the Dakar who do not take the boat from Marseille must send the vehicle registration certificate + the full packing list + the vehicle participation attestation (downloadable from your file) to Axelerom International before 15/11. Also you should have already filled the web-link for Saudi Customs requirement at Axelerom web-page provided from the link.

With the A.S.O. boat

For the participants of the Dakar (competitors, press, logsitics, TV, marketing and others) who will board their vehicle on the Cargo Vessel in Marseille, Axelerom International will take care of all customs formalities in Saudi Arabia and will be covered by the framework of the A.S.O. customs bond.


Without the A.S.O boat

Participants who import their vehicles and/or equipment to Saudi Arabia with Axelerom International or another forwarding agent must also use Axelerom International to conduct the formalities for entering Saudi Arabia and submit their security policy by themselves. Also should have already filled the web-link for Saudi Customs requirement at Axelerom web-page provided from the link. Without following those procedure and passing through Axelerom service for the clearance and customs declaration, ASO can’t ensure the good delivery of the vehicle/shipment.

1. With Axelerom International as forwarding agent:

By contracting Axelerom International as forwarding agent the Teams will automatically benefit from ASO security policy and Axelerom International will take care of customs formalities from the entrance to the exit of Saudi Arabia

2. With another forwarding agent:

By contracting with another forwarding agent, you will have to subscirbe your own security policy. During arranging your freight to sail to Saudi Arabia you or your forwarding agent must get in contact with Axelerom International in order to prepare your Packing List to match the requirements of Saudi Arabia Customs – once organized your freight will be ready to move to Saudi Arabia.

All the inbound shipments must be booked to Jeddah Port / Airport and Axelerom will customs clear the shipments and deliver them to you at Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and then will arrange for the return to your origin after the race.


From a neighbouring country

All the teams that are in surrounding countries to Saudi Arabia and wish to enter Saudi Arabia by their own means, should accept the same regime as above and contact Axelerom International whether they want to use their own forwarder or Axelerom services. . This should be done by accessing the web-link provided and filling all the information requested by first dowloading the ONLY approved packing list format then uploading it again completely filled and proceeding to the next level as guided by the link.

With the ASO boat

Teams who go back to Marseille with the ASO boat will have to drop their vehicles of in the Port of Jeddah or contact Axelerom at the arrival in Jeddah to arrange their access to the port for the drop off the vehicles. Then Axelerom/ASO will take care of the customs formalities.


Without the ASO boat

On exiting Saudi Arabia, all the participants who are not boarding the A.S.O. cargo vessel must have already informed informed ASO/Axelerom prior to their shipping from origin. All the participants that came with the ASO Cargo Vessel in KSA must imperatively take the same cargo vessel back to Marseille. Competitors who are exiting must obtain from Axelerom the form to leave the territory of Saudi Arabia.

Without this formality, participants may not exit the country and shall be retained at its borders.

Reminder: all vehicles and equipment declared under the provisions of temporary importation must be taken back to their country of origin, irrespective of their condition at the end of the rally (damaged, burned and broken down vehicles, used tyres, flat batteries, etc.).

For all withdrawals, it is compulsory to go to Axelerom desk that will be set up in all the bivouacs next to the competitors’ service between 4 pm and 10 pm. This process is compulsory and necessary for customs formalities.

The competitors who don’t do those formalities won’t be able to exit the country and will be blocked at the border.

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