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Jeddah port struggles with 31% import rise

Abdulaziz Al-Tuwaijry, president of the Saudi Ports Authority has said that ports in the kingdom, especially Jeddah Islamic Port, are facing an unprecedented situation with a big rise in the volume of imported shipments, Arab News has reported. "There has been a 31% increase in the tonnage of imported goods handled at the port. The number of containers and vehicles arriving at the port during the current season jumped 22% and 35%, respectively, compared with the same period last year," he said. The cargo crisis at Jeddah Islamic Port worsened after two international freight shipping carriers refused to transport containers to Jeddah from the US. The crisis also resulted in a steep increase in container shipment charges from the port to various parts of the kingdom by as much as 90% in some cases, the report said.