Saudi ports move almost 600,000 TEU in April 2022

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Gantry cranes unload container ships on a sunny summer day. Jeddah port, Saudi Arabia

Ports across Saudi Arabia moved almost 600,000 TEU in April this year, according to the Saudi Ports Authority (MAWANI).

Last month, container volumes in Saudi ports reached 593,853 TEU. Loaded exports made up 175,015 TEU of this sum, whereas loaded imports came in at 199,889 TEU. Transshipment containers amounted to 218,949 TEU.  

A total of 1,129 vessels docked at Saudi ports in April, alongside 66,918 vehicles.

MAWANI also reported cargo volumes of 20,467,760 tons for the month, up 24.28 per cent compares to the same period in 2021.

“As it’s MAWANI’s priority to continue developing Saudi ports according to global best practices, seeing as it manages nine ports that are strategically positioned to connect Asia, Europe, and Africa, while they represent a gateway for international trade, and influence the maritime traffic, as MAWANI’s corporate strategy aims to increase Saudi ports ranking on the Logistics Performance Index, expand the container throughput capacity, and strengthening Saudi Arabia’s position as global logistics hub, in line with the objectives of the National Transport and Logistics Strategy as well as Saudi Vision 2030,” said MAWANI in a statement.

© Saudi Ports Authority (MAWANI)

According to the second edition of the Global Container Port Performance Index (CPPI), developed by World Bank and S&P Global Market Intelligence, ports in the Middle East were named some of the most efficient ports in the world.

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Port topped the rankings in 2021 with Port Salalah in Oman, Hamad Port in Qatar, and Khalifa Port in Abu Dhabi closely following.

In other recent news, MAWANI announced plans to build two new warehousing complexes in partnership with LogiPoint at Jeddah Islamic Port.

This project represents the first phase in LogiPoint’s ongoing infrastructure development plan worth SAR400 million ($107 million) over the next two years.

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