Saudi ports have witnessed a significant rate of growth in cargo throughput tonnage during the first quarter of 2022, increasing by 7.18% to a total of more than 74 million tons compared with the first three months of 2021. The number of transshipment containers increased by 5.91% to a total of 1.3 million TEU, contributing significantly to the overall upturn.
According to statistics published by the Saudi Ports Authority (Mawani), Saudi ports also recorded a 12.85% increase in the numbers of cars handled, to a total of 219,488, while the numbers of passengers increased by over 61%, to a total of 258,076.
On the other hand, Saudi ports recorded a decrease in total container throughput which declined by 1.27% to a total of 2.5 million TEU, and the number of imported livestock decreased by 57.75% to a total of 336,581 head.
According to Mawani, “Saudi ports have set these milestones as a result of development in the national economy, and growth of trade activity in the Kingdom, as well as by forming strategic partnerships with global major shipping lines, all of which contributes to strengthening Saudi ports connections with eastern and western ports, and increasing throughput volumes.”
Through the launch of initiatives such as Smart Ports, which targets automating operations at Saudi ports, by incorporating 5G technology within the logistics sector, Mawani aims to further reinforce Saudi Arabia’s position as a global logistics hub, the authority adds.