Saudi Arabia: 35,000t of imported cement shipments

Saudi Arabia: 35,000t of imported cement shipments
Published: 27 June 2013

Tagged Under: Saudi Arabia Trade imports 

Saudi Port Authority (SPA) says cement shipments have been coming since the start of implementing the decrees of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah to import 10Mt of cement to cover local demand. About 350,000t of cement have reached from the UAE and Egypt through various Saudi ports.

"Shipments have come through Dammam, Jeddah and Jazan ports, some through Yanbu, and some others are scheduled to arrive through Jubail and Dammam ports," said Musaid Al-Darees, press spokesman for the SPA.

Al-Darees said seven ships with 202,000t of cement reached Dammam Port last week. One ship was loaded with 50,000t and another with 45,000t. Additionally, 72,000t will come through Jazan Port.

A cement shipment arrived in Yanbu Port yesterday. The ship 'Jarabi Bloker' came with a load of 45,000t from the UAE and is still unloading the cargo, in preparation to distribute it to the local market. Its time of departure will depend on the availability of machines and equipment to unload the shipment. Al-Darees said some equipment can unload up to 4000tph.

The spokesman said the incoming shipments from the UAE will help face the continuing cement crisis. About 90 per cent of cement comes from Al-Batha Port, which is witnessing a lot of incoming shipments from the UAE.

Shipments from Egypt form only 10 per cent of total imports coming through Jeddah Islamic Port.