MAWANI (The Saudi Ports Authority), in cooperation with Saudi Customs; has launched a new initiative to facilitate and restructure the procedures for importing empty containers in Saudi ports.
MAWANI said in a statement Sunday that this initiative will help reduce the time needed to complete customs procedures for empty containers; since the arrival to the port until releasing them from three days to only limited hours.
This will be by eliminating the need for a customs service to clear containers; so that customs procedures will be directly through the shipping lines offices operating in Saudi ports without having to review the customs port.
The initiative also aims to support and encourage Saudi exports and maritime trade by facilitating the import and availability of empty containers; reducing operational costs on container import lines; facilitating procedures for releasing containers; and speedy exit of empty containers for exporters from the port, the statement added.
MAWANI has also recently held a joint workshop with Saudi Customs and the local shippers to launch this service.
This also falls under MAWANI’S initiative to develop the maritime transport sector; to boost the logistics services industry; to prepare the investment and legislative environment; and to facilitate and restructure the procedures. Besides, overcoming the obstacles that face investors and beneficiaries regarding maritime activities and services in the Kingdom.