During the month of July, Saudi Arabia’s ports achieved a 16% increase in cargo throughput compared with the same month in 2021, handling a total volume of 28 million tons, up from 24 million tons a year before. Statistics released by the Saudi Ports Authority (Mawani) reveal a 45.4% growth in general cargo traffic, to 718,082 tons, a 30.3% increase in dry bulk cargo, to 4.2 million tons, and a 19.1% surge in liquid bulk cargo, which accounted for 16.3 million tons of total throughput.
Similarly, container throughput at Saudi ports jumped 6.4% to 641,862 TEU, compared to 602,181 TEU during the same period last year. Transshipment movements were up 9.5% year-on-year at 268,000 TEU.
Automobile imports also soared to 78,438 units, rising 31% compared to the 60,052 vehicles in the equivalent period in 2021, while foodstuff volumes recorded a 40% upturn, to around 2 million tons.