Jeddah Islamic Port received approximately 800,000 tonnes of sugar in the first six months of the current year, up by eight per cent, compared with the same period last year, a source reveals.
The total quantity of goods handled by the port was 19.1 million tonnes in the first half of 2015, marking a rise of three per cent from the same period of 2014, an informed source from the port tells Al Eqtisadiah.
In 2014, the total amount of sugar imported through the kingdom’s ports edged down by eight per cent to stand at 1.4m tonnes while in 2013, the Saudi market brought in 1.5m tonnes.
According to official data, Jeddah Islamic Port remains the kingdom’s largest recipient of sugar, accounting for roughly 91 per cent or 1.3 million tonnes of total imports.
The King Abdulaziz Port in Dammam handled nearly 122,000 tonnes and Dhiba Port handled only 8.4 tonnes, the report shows.
The kingdom’s import of sugar surged by 195,574 tonnes or 15 per cent in the past four years.
The total amount of imported foodstuffs that entered the Saudi market in 2014 amounted to 25.7 million tonnes, of which the Jeddah Islamic Port alone handled more than 12.6 million tonnes.