Container throughput during April 2023 grew at an annual rate of 13.34 per cent for the Saudi Ports Authority (MAWANI), from 601,429 TEU to 681,663 TEU.
Container data for last month further showed a 16.97 per cent surge in exported volumes at 208,738 TEU compared to 178,450 TEU in the previous year.
Imports inched up 3.12 per cent to 208,080 TEU from 201,784 TEU this year, with transshipments scoring 264,845 TEU in monthly quantity, a 19.73 per cent increase from 221,195 TEU in April 2022.
The national maritime regulator also revealed a 6.63 per cent drop in cargo numbers at its ports, handling about 24,965,999 tonnes in contrast to 26,737,416 tonnes a year earlier.
The total cargo count for April included around 543,496 tonnes of general cargo, 4,135,552 tonnes of dry bulk cargo, and 13,026,227 tonnes of liquid bulk cargo.
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The Kingdom’s ports also accommodated 983 vessels across its berths last month, a marginal uptick of 3.69 per cent from 2022’s total of 948 vessels.
In February, Maersk and Mawani started construction on Saudi Arabia’s largest Integrated Logistics Park at Jeddah Islamic Port.
In the same month, MAWANI and Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry agreed to establish an integrated logistics park at Al Khumrah, south of Jeddah.