The Saudi Ports Authority (Mawani), together with the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) and the Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority (ZATCA), has embarked on the implementation phase of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed earlier this year. This MoU is designed to enhance logistical connectivity between air and sea gateways, thereby facilitating multimodal movement through Saudi Arabia.

Jeddah Islamic Port recently conducted a successful trial of sea-to-air integration. Kanoo Logistics transported cargo from Jeddah Islamic Port to King Abdulaziz International Airport, utilizing the services of SAL Saudi Logistics Services. The shipment was then dispatched by air to its final destination.

This trial underscores the commitment to bolstering the integration between the Kingdom’s air and sea ports, leveraging the advanced infrastructure and strategic positioning of Jeddah Islamic Port. Its location along a major global trade route reinforces its status as the premier port on the Red Sea coast for maritime trade and transshipment of cargo and containers.


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The MoU, which was signed earlier, aims to strengthen air-sea connectivity, thereby enhancing the seamless flow of goods by both air and sea. This agreement is designed to support logistics operations and reinforce the Kingdom's pivotal role in the global logistics arena. In line with the National Transport and Logistics Strategy (NTLS) and Saudi Vision 2030, it is anticipated that this will also lead to improvements in logistics and customs services across various sectors.

The agreement covers a broad spectrum of collaborative areas. These include investigating potential connections between sea and air ports, carrying out shipping simulations across these channels, and addressing any issues that may surface during the trial phase. It also involves bolstering cargo movements by activating and promoting air and sea freight services through seaports and airports, on both domestic and global scale.

Moreover, the agreement includes the exchange of information and resources that can amplify the efficiency of logistics operations within the Kingdom. It also seeks to streamline access to these services for customers, making it more user-friendly and convenient. This comprehensive approach is designed to enhance the overall logistics infrastructure and improve customer experience.

Source: Mawani KSA


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Issue 87 of Robban Assafina

(Sept./ Oct. 2023)


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