The Saudi Ports Authority (Mawani) has required carriers and their agents to obtain proof of freight forwarder’s license issued by the Public Transport Authority (PTA).

The Regulation of Shipping Agent issued under the Resolution of Mawani Board of Directors requires shipping agents not accept any shipment contracts or impounding of goods issued by Saudi ports via freight forwarders not licensed by the Public Transport Authority (PTA), and the shipping agent must keep a copy of the freight forwarder’s license issued by PTA at his records to agree on contracts or to accept impounding with him.

In addition, the shipping agent is required to notify the shipping line to refuse shipments coming to the Saudi ports to freight forwarders who do not have representatives and licenses by PTA to practice the activity of freight forward in the Kingdom. It is required to obtain a copy of the license of forwarder’s representative or agent in the Kingdom to accept contracting or impounding with him.

The violation of this rule is punishable with a fine of SAR50,000 per shipment and further recurrence may result in fines and other penalties.

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