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Saudi port container volumes up 13.63% in December

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Container throughput at Saudi Arabia’s ports grew by 13.63% on-year in December, according to the Saudi Ports Authority (Mawani).

Container throughput was 955,731 teu in December 2022, up from 841,055 teu in December 2021, said Mawani.

Container exports grew by 7.15% from 200,460 teu in December 2021 to 214,789 teu in 2022. Imports rose 24.41% from 197,709 teu to 246,023 teu in December 2022. Transhipments were up 11.76% to 494,919 teu.

Growth was also seen across other cargo sectors in December, contributing to the overall 13% growth in volumes in Saudi Arabia for 2022 as a whole.

Cargo volumes rose by 14.06% to 29,612,588 tonnes, comprising a 35.227% increase in general cargo to 828,247 tonnes, 12.99% increase in dry bulk to 4,427,370 tonnes and 14.28% increase in liquid bulk to 16,197,188 tonnes.

Vessel calls were up 18.83% on-year to 1,407 in December.

Reflecting the overall annual growth of 25%, car imports rose by 22.47% in December 2022 to 80,146 units.

Cattle transportation, which rose by 9% across 2022 as a whole, was 310,160 head in December.

“The national maritime regulator is lining up efforts to boost the global connectivity and expand the throughput capacity of the vital sector as it aims to strengthen the Kingdom’s ranking in international indices and consolidate its leading position on the world’s logistics map,” said Mawani.