16 Apr 2024

Last update 20 / 02 / 2024

International Trade in Services

Survey’s definition 

 

Measuring international trade transactions between residents and non-residents to obtain payments and receipts for services and to provide statistical data that feeds the services item of the main accounts in the balance of payments of Saudi Arabia.

 

Survey’s objectives

 

  • Providing comprehensive statistical data on imports and exports of services in Saudi Arabia.
  • Providing statistical data that feeds the services item of the main accounts in the balance of payments of Saudi Arabia.
  • Measuring the value and development of service exports and their impact on the economy and GDP growth.
  • Monitoring the value of service imports and identifying and localizing the most important imported services.
  • Providing statistics that serve policy makers and decision makers.
  • Identifying the volume of trade exchange in services trade between countries.

 

Main concepts 

 

Services:

Intangible economic outputs produced according to consumer demand.

Resident:

Any individual, business, or other organization located in Saudi Arabia, including any subsidiaries, branches and sales offices. It also includes individuals who reside or are intending to reside in Saudi Arabia for a year or more.

Non-resident:

Any individual, business, or other organization located outside Saudi Arabia, including any overseas-based subsidiaries, branches and sales offices. It also includes individuals who reside or are intending to reside overseas for a year or more.

Exports:

Fees collected from non-residents for a service issued to them.

Imports:

Fees paid by residents for a service imported from abroad.

Manufacturing services:

on material inputs owned by others: processing, assembling, labeling, packing and similar activities carried out by companies that do not own the goods in question, where the owner pays a fee for their manufacture.

Maintenance and repair services:

Maintenance and repair works that are carried out by residents on goods owned by non-residents (and vice versa).

Transportation services:

The transfer involves the transfer of persons and objects from one location to another, as well as a connection from the support services and hire carriers with crews.

 Construction services:

Construction services include the construction, renovation or expansion of fixed assets buildings, and improvements to geometrical terrain.

Intellectual property rights services:

Including copyright usage fees and license fees for the reproduction or distribution of intellectual property.

Personal, cultural and entertainment services:

Audio-visual services, related services and other personal, cultural and entertainment services.

Government services:

Government expenditures such as the expenditures of embassies, consulates and military units in the economy in which they are located.

Insurance and pension services:

 Insurance and pension services include providing various types of insurance from resident insurance companies to non-residents and from non-resident insurance companies to residents.

Financial Services:

 Banking services include financial intermediation services and ancillary services, except for the services of insurance institutions and pension funds. Such services include the services usually provided by banks and other financial intermediation institutions and ancillary services.

Communication, computer and information services:

Computer and communication services are defined in terms of the nature of the service and not according to the method of delivery. Communication services include broadcasting or transmission of voice, image or data and other information by telephone, telex, telegram, cable and satellite radio and television networks, e-mail and fax. It also includes holding meetings through a computer network and support services. This category also includes mobile communication services, network maintenance services, and network access services, including Internet connection services.

Other business services:

 Other business services are divided into research and development services, professional and administrative advisory services, technical services related to trade and other business services.

 

FAQs

 

What do we mean by services?

What is the difference between resident and non-resident companies?

What is meant by exports and imports?

 

Privacy Notice 

 

 
 
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Full name, age/date of birth, sex, address, contact information (e.g.: email address and phone numbers), ID number, marital status, current job information, previous job information, information about dependents/spouse/household.
How is personal data collected and what is the purpose?
Personal data is collected and obtained "directly or indirectly", using various methods, which include:
 
       
- Direct methods of obtaining personal data:
- Field visit to the household or establishment by GASTAT’s staff or one of its representatives. 
- Phone call by GASTAT’s staff through the unified phone number:920020081.
- Self-completion on GASTAT’s website.
 
 
Indirect methods of obtaining personal data:
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By collecting data, GASTAT aims to produce official statistics that serve the public interest, i.e., any personal data collected, whether it belongs to the individual, or on behalf of another individual, will be used for statistical purposes and the production of official statistics.
 How do we use your personal data?
We use personal data collected directly or indirectly to produce official statistics that serve the public interest, and support policymakers and decision makers in advancing the implementation of development plans. GASTAT is the only official statistical reference for implementing, supervising, and regulating the statistical work in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.  
How do we share your personal data?
Your personal information won't be given to any third party for the purpose of direct marketing. We are also dedicated to protecting the confidentiality of all Saudi Arabia’s resident data, and not disclosing it. GASTAT abides by the participation guidelines that the regulators have approved. We also pledge to enforce the laws governing data confidentiality, non-disclosure, and personal data protection vigorously and strictly.
The legal basis for collecting and processing personal data:
According to the policy of personal data protection issued by the National Data Management Office, the legal basis for collecting and processing personal data is: 
- our explicit consent, and you can withdraw your consent at any time except for some exceptions explained above, and to do so you can contact the Data Governance Department.
- Legal Obligation: The regulations and bylaws in force - including Royal and High Orders - are a legal basis on which GASTAT can rely if the collection and processing of personal data is necessary to comply with these statutory requirements.
- Public Interest: Statistics collected from personal data aim to support policymakers, and decision makers to advance the implementation of Saudi Arabia's development plans.
How do we store your personal data?
Your personal data is stored securely in the technical assets of GASTAT in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Your personal data is kept for a specified period, after which we dispose of this data securely so that it cannot be accessed or restored again, based on GASTAT’s data preservation and destruction policy.
Rights of personal data owner:
Under the personal data policy, you have the following rights, which depend primarily on the purpose of collecting and processing personal data:
- Right to access personal data: you have the right to request a copy of your personal data, such data will be provided to you within seven working days via email DPO@stats.gov.sa
- Right to dispose personal data: you have the right to request the disposal of your personal data in certain circumstances that do not contradict with the legal basis based on which data was collected.
- Right to restrict data processing: you can restrict the processing of your personal data in certain circumstances and for specific period of time.
- Right to object to processing: you have the right to object to the processing of your personal data that is not inconsistent with the legal basis.
- Right to transfer your personal data: you have the right to ask us to transfer your personal data - collected directly from you - to another party, or to deliver it to you for a fee. This right cannot be exercised if your consent is the legal basis for processing.
Except as otherwise specified, you are not required to pay any fees for exercising these rights, and in the event that a request is made to exercise one of these rights, you will be responded to within (7 days) from the request date.
Furthermore, it should be stressed here that some of these rights (the right to data disposal, the right to data transfer, and the right to object to processing) are not absolute rights but rather depend on the primary purpose and the legal basis mentioned earlier. Other than that, they are regarded as absolute rights.
For more details about the processing of your personal data and how to exercise your rights, you can contact the Data Protection Officer at GASTAT using the contact information provided below:
Except as stipulated, you are not required to pay any fee for the exercise of these rights, and if an application is made to exercise one of these rights you will be answered within (7 days) of the date of application.
It must also be emphasized here that some of these rights (the right to destroy data, the right to transmit data, the right to object to processing) are not absolute rights, but rather depend on the main purpose and statutory basis referred to earlier, and otherwise are absolute rights.
For more details about the processing of your personal data and how to exercise your rights, you can contact the Authority's Personal Data Protection Officer according to the contact data below:
How to submit a complaint?
If you have any complaints or issues regarding our adherence to the National Data Management Office's policy regarding the protection of personal data, you can contact the Data Governance Department via email at info@stats.gov.sa
You can email the GASTAT’s Data Governance Department at DPO@stats.gov.sa  to file a complaint if you are dissatisfied with how we handled your complaint or if we did not reply to you within three working days.
If GASTAT’s Data Governance Department does not resolve your complaint within 7 days, you may also file a complaint with the National Data Management Office about how we use your personal data.
 
Address of National Data Management Office:
 Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh.
Website: Complaints (sdaia.gov.sa) 
 

 

date of data collection

 

Start of data collection:23/07/2023

End of data collection: 26/08/2023

 

data collection tools

 

Questionnaire meets the statistical methodology when accurate statistical data is provided on imports and exports of services and their coverage of all targeted economic establishments in all 13 administrative regions. Data collection methods are according to CAWI -CATI including the targeted indicators in terms of total services exports and imports of Saudi Arabia, in addition to most imported and exported service done outside Saudi Arabia and their importance in the balance of payments and their impact on the economy and GDP growth in Saudi Arabia.

 

 

 

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