The Saudi Ports Authority (MAWANI) has revealed a new set of regulations governing the activities of shipping agents in the Kingdom’s maritime sector, which comes in line with the objectives of the National Strategy for Transport and Logistics Services.
The strategy aims at enhancing the services provided by shipping agents, strengthening shipping lines and supporting exporters and the national economy.
The regulations, which comply with the Commercial Maritime Law, will replace all previous versions of the law, and will come into effect on Aug. 5.
MAWANI is implementing an ambitious plan to stimulate exports and imports and meet the requirements of national development, by providing an effective and integrated port network.
The Authority seeks to achieve the goals of the national economic vision and make the Kingdom a leading international maritime hub.
In a press release, MAWANI said that the new regulations include key performance indicators that will assess shipping agents. They will also set the general rules that govern the requirements and procedures for obtaining licenses and permits, and regulate the contractual relationship between the shipping agent and other concerned parties.
Meanwhile, the Transport General Authority, represented by the General Administration of Control and in cooperation with the concerned authorities, carried out 181,000 inspection operations in July, on land and sea transport activities.
The field control revealed that during the month of May, compliance with land transport regulations reached 91 percent, while compliance with maritime transport regulations reached 99 percent.
The authority monitored more than 19,000 violations during the field campaign, while the automated monitoring operations recorded 22,900 violations in the Riyadh region.