Ports controlled by the Saudi Ports Authority (Mawani) recorded an overall 8.58% increase in cargo throughput during April 2024. The network of ports handled 27.11 million tons, compared to 24.97 million tons in the same months of 2023. 

There were significant variations in performance according to cargo type however. Container throughput amounted to 557,681 TEUs, a decrease of 19.54%, compared to 693,087 TEUs last year. Transshipment activity decreased particularly significantly, by 53.49%, to 123,194 TEUs, compared to 264,870 TEUs in 2023. These figures reflect in part the disruption caused to Red Sea trade by ongoing threats to shipping in the region, which has impacted Jeddah as a key regional container hub.

More positively, export containers were up by 3.72%, to 216,504 TEUs, compared to 208,741 TEUs in the same period of 2023, while import containers decreased only by 0.68%, reaching 217,983 TEUs, compared to 219,476 TEUs in April last year.

During April Saudi Ports handled 839,383 tons of general cargo, 4.12 million tons of dry bulk cargo and 16. 1 million tons of liquid bulk traffic. The number of cars shipped decreased by 30.55%, at 69,788 units compared to 100,480 units in April 2023.

Source: The Maritime Standard 

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