Saudi Ports See 8.3% Y-o-Y Rise in November Container Volumes
Containerized cargo across Saudi ports have maintained their upward swing during the month of November, growing by 8.3% to 631,165 TEUs from 582,783 TEUs last year.
The results come amid active steps taken by the Saudi Ports Authority (Mawani) to develop the national maritime sector, optimize and automate its operations, streamline processes, and boost value-driven partnerships with the private sector.
Mawani also aims to build logistics parks, upgrade customer experience, and expand shipping services in line with the objectives of the National Transport and Logistics Strategy (NTLS).
The detailed breakdown of container data reveal a 10.57% jump in exported boxes at 183,023 TEUs, compared to 165,520 TEUs in 2021.
Similarly, imported containers for last month stood at 189,029 TEUs, a 12.66% surge relative to last year’s 167,786 TEUs.
Transshipments, too, edged up by 3.86% to 259,108 TEUs against the previous year’s tally of 249,477 TEUs.
On the other hand, non-containerized cargo saw a 5.32% drop to 25,629,112 tonnes this year from 27,070,024 tonnes in November 2021.
General cargo throughput witnessed a massive jump of 97.06% from 513,959 tonnes during the preceding period to 1,012,830 tonnes in the current year.
Likewise, dry bulk cargo increased by 6.79% to 4,487,183 tonnes in comparison to 4,202,866 tonnes previously while liquid bulk cargo plummeted 14.46% to 13,708,604 tonnes from 16,025,826 tonnes in 2021.
Furthermore, Saudi ports received 1,258 vessels in November, 11.92% higher than last year’s total of 1,124 vessels. With a 44.85% leap, vehicle throughput for the same period equaled 83,352 units versus 57,543 units last year.
Food volumes touched 1,864,400 tonnes, up 18.66% year-on-year from 1,571,179 tonnes whereas livestock imports hit the 291,169 mark, a 29.52% spike as opposed to last year.
Meanwhile, passenger traffic rose 24.35% to 73,627 pax. contrary to 59,210 pax in 2021.