Saudi Arabia Standardizes Charging Ports with USB-C 

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In a significant move towards technological uniformity and consumer convenience, Saudi Arabia has announced the standardization of charging ports to USB-C. 

The Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO) spearheaded this initiative to reduce electronic waste and simplify charging solutions for consumers. The mandate for USB-C ports is expected to take effect in the coming months, impacting manufacturers and importers of electronic goods. 

Beginning January 1, 2025, USB-C charging ports will be mandatory for all mobile phones and a variety of electronic devices, including headphones, keyboards, speakers, routers, and others. 

The regulations will be enforced in two steps: 
First phase – Starting from January 1, 2025, this regulation will be applicable to mobile phones and other electronic devices. 
Second phase– Starting from April 1, 2026): this regulation will be applicable to laptops and portable PCs. 

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