The Kingdom’s maritime trade hubs have seen a yearly increase of 13per cent in cargo throughput during 2022, handling an estimated 237 million tonnes compared to 210 million tonnes in the preceding year.
The annual results mirror the mission of the Saudi Ports Authority (Mawani) to transform the nation’s ports into an operationally efficient and robustly regulated industry thriving on streamlined processes, high-impact partnerships, world-class infrastructure, global connectivity, digital transformation, and a top-tier customer experience while fulfilling the Kingdom’s logistics hub ambitions set by the National Transport and Logistics Strategy (NTLS).
The year-end statistics for 2022 highlight a 3.2per cent surge in container volumes at 10.3 million TEUs in contrast to 10.04 million TEUs a year earlier. A further look at the sub-categories reveals a 5per cent boom in imported and exported boxes, up to 4.8 million TEUs from 4.6 million TEUs in the previous period. Similarly, transshipments inched up by 2per cent to hit 5.5 million tonnes in comparison to 2021’s tally of 5.4 million TEUs.
On the commodities front, Saudi ports unloaded around 3.93 million cattle heads across 2022, up 9per cent year-on-year over the prior year’s total of 3.62 million. Likewise, 973,000 cars rolled off incoming vessels at a 25per cent growth rate versus 778,000 units previously.
The Kingdom’s trade gateways also welcomed 933,000 passengers over the course of 2022, a 36per cent spike from 2021, when 688,000 passengers landed on the country’s shores.