Saudi: Al Khodari claims $18m foreign worker levy

The contractor has been fined $2.1m for completed projects and $15.4m for ongoing developments under Saudi Arabia's $640 foreign worker levy, introduced in 2012

Al Khodari employs 17,000 people. [Representational image]
Al Khodari employs 17,000 people. [Representational image]

Saudi's Abdullah Abdul Mohsin Al Khodari Sons has submitted claims worth $17.6m (SAR66m) with regard to foreign workers' permit levy. 

Al Khodari has reportedly submitted these claims to recoup a part of the fines it has been levied. 

In a bid to increase citizen employment in the local private sector, Saudi Arabia introduced a levy worth $640 (SAR2,400) for every foreigner a company employs above the number of its Saudi employees. 

Introduced in 2012, the law has since hit numerous large firms, such as Al Khodari, which boasts up to 17,000 employees. 

The company has been charged fines worth $2.1m (SAR8.03m) for completed projects, and $15.4m (SAR58m) for ongoing projects, due for completion in 2018. 

No timeframe for a decision on the claims was provided by the contractor, according to Reuters.

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