The Saudi Ports Authority (MAWANI)-managed trade hubs have handled a consolidated container volume of 753,496 TEU in July.
The figure exceeds last July’s throughput of 633,921 by 18.86 per cent.
The national maritime regulator’s detailed data also reveals a 34.56 per cent increase in exported containers to 250,004 TEU from 185,791 TEU the previous year, as well as a 30.09 per cent increase in imported containers from 180,329 TEU to 234,592 TEU this year.
Transshipments increased at a comparable rate, rising 0.41 per cent from last year’s total of 267,802 TEU to 268,901 TEU in July 2023.
Cargo volumes, on the other hand, fell 9.84 per cent from 27,836,906 tonnes the previous year to 25,096,888 tonnes this year, owing mostly to 472,657 tonnes of general cargo, 4,098,207 tonnes of dry bulk cargo, and 12,654,361 tonnes of liquid bulk cargo.
Similarly, food commodities processed across the preceding month stood at 1,590,394 tonnes, a 16.93 per cent decrease in comparison to 1,914,437 tonnes in July 2022.
Moreover, July vessel traffic was estimated at 1,017 vessels, a 2.94 per cent rise from 988 vessels during the same period last year, with passenger numbers recording a 32.57 per cent yearly gain from 57,730 pax. to 76,532 pax.