COVID-19 outbreak is impacting global transportation, shipping and ports across the world with Saudi Arabia being no exception. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia closed all land borders for people travelling between the cross-border countries such as Kuwait, UAE & Bahrain. However, the restriction did not apply to commercial vehicles carrying commercial goods, which are subject to strict screening procedures at dry ports / land borders. Multiple sectors felt the blow in the form of interferences within the cash flow and business operations as the outbreak caused forcing employees to work from home, while others contribute to unemployment levels in the country. Saudi Arabia is one of the leading economies among GCC countries owing to rich oil reserves however, drop in oil-based revenues and economic diversification towards non-oil based revenue has forced KSA to further reduce its overall expenditures.

Current Position:-

The pandemic continues to take its toll on both large international as well as domestic firms which will face long road to recovery after being constantly hungry for profits for an unknown period of time. Businesses must evaluate financial / operational challenges caused by COVID-19 while rapidly addressing the needs of their clients / end users and suppliers. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced the suspension of travel for the KSA citizens / residents to and from UAE, Kuwait, Lebanon, Syria, South-Korea, Egypt, Italy and Iraq via air and sea for evacuation purposes, trade purposes and commercial shipping. Also, the Saudi Ports Authority (MAWANI) issued a circular to all the ports, agents and port operators stating preventive measures to be followed for vessels & crew members coming into the KSA.

Impact on Logistics Business:-

The impact of COVID-19 has highlighted the need for development & implementation of supply chain risk management with strategic initiatives. For instance, Technological integration to the supply chain network will help to mitigate the risks and streamlining processes in the future. Cargo was backlogged at KSA’s major container ports followed by travel restrictions leading to a shortage of truck drivers’ to pick up containers, and ocean carriers canceled sailings. Additionally, the logistics sector has been affected by the new Saudization law that has increased labor costs by 15%. The Saudi customs authority has restricted freight forwarders to only 2 brokers from each company at all ports of entry, which is causing delays in freight clearances via sea and air ports. Free time has been extended in all air and seaports to 10 days from freight arrival. Also, the warehousing rents dropped by approximately 10-15% with an average lease rates for conventional warehouse dropped from SAR 150-155 per sqm to SAR 130-135 per sqm. Slowdowns in economic growth will likely slowdown the development of warehouses in the next 5 years. As a result of which, the future supply is expected to be limited as developers delay development of new projects until market conditions progress.

Measures Undertaken:-

International Air Transport Association (IATA) called for aviation-specific financial relief measures from the KSA government to address severe impact of COVID crisis on the aviation sector. It has also provided support for air transport by suspending the airport slot use rules for the summer season and extending licenses and certifications for crew, trainers and examiners.


Increasing adaptation of E-Commerce as a result of restrictions posed by the COVID-19 pandemic will bring change in terms of consumer buying behavior. Big retailers for instance, Carrefour and Abu Dawood reported surge in online sales of up to 200-300% in 2020 and further expect an escalating growth trajectory over the long-term therefore, contributing towards last mile delivery. As a result, companies are implementing same day delivery model as a response to changing demands.

National Industrial Development and Logistics Program launched under Saudi Vision 2030 is focused on transforming Saudi Arabia into an industrial powerhouse therefore, contributing towards improving their logistics operations.

Shifts in the Industry Practices:-

The government’s rising focus towards non-oil based sectors, implementation of omni-channel networks, and supply chain revisions will reflect the desired structural changes in the warehousing/storage industry as the market is expected to evolve post lockdown situation. Rising levels of technological collaborations also took place during this year. Potential influx of Foreign Direct Investments paired with investments in infrastructure and logistics capabilities & capacities will provide new opportunities in the near future. Adoption of supply chain digitization among freight forwarders coupled with rising warehousing automation will bring in improvement. Saudi Arabia government is also planning investment towards new logistics parks to boost the country’s economy.

Key Segments Covered in KSA Dry Logistics Market:-

Service Mix

Freight Forwarding


Value Added Services






Others (Al- Khobar, Medina, Tabuk and several other cities)

KSA Dry Freight Forwarding Market:-

Mode of Freight

Road Freight

Air Freight

Sea Freight

Rail Freight

International and Domestic Freight

Road Freight

Air Freight

Sea Freight

International and Domestic Companies

Flow Corridors (International Freight)

Asian Countries

European Countries

Middle East

NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement)

Other Regions (Africa and South America)

KSA Dry Warehousing Market:-

Business Model

Industrial / Retail

Container Freight / Inland Container Depots

End Users

Construction Material / Industrial

Consumer Retail

Food and Beverage



Others (Agriculture, Chemicals and Rest)


Real Estate Companies

Captive Companies

Logistics Companies





Others (Al-Khobar, Medina, Tabuk and other cities)

KSA Customs Clearance Market:-

Overall Value Added Services

Customs Clearance Revenue by Sea

Customs Clearance Revenue by Air

Transhipment Cargo Volume

Discharged Transhipment Containers

Loaded Transhipment Containers

Key Target Audience:-

International Domestic Freight Forwarders

Warehousing Companies

Logistics Companies

Logistics Consultants

Time Period Captured in the Report:-

Historical Period: 2014-2019

Forecast Period: 2019–2025

Companies Covered:-







Defaf logistics

Wolf Logistics

Namma Cargo


Al Ayed

Agility logistics

Four winds logistics

Globus Logistics

Space logistics

Atlas world

Uniworld Freight Services


BAFCO International Logistics and Shipping Co.

Hala Supply Chain


Gulf system

Platinum shipping and logistics


OCSCL (Oriental Commercial & Shipping)

NTF Group

Abdui Global

Al rashed


Kanoo terminal Services

Online Retail Companies Covered:-


Panda Retailing

Abdullah Othaim Market


Tamimi Market

Lulu Hypermarkets

Key Topics Covered in the Report:-

Saudi Arabia Overview and Major Economic Zones

Saudi Arabia Dry Logistics and Warehousing Market

Trade Scenario

Saudi Arabia Dry Freight Forwarding Market

Saudi Arabia Dry Warehousing Market

Snapshot on Saudi Arabia Customs Clearance and Transhipment Market

Industry Analysis (Decision Making Process, SWOT Analysis, VAT Impact and Law of Public Transport on Roads of KSA)

Cost of Setting up a Logistics Business in Saudi Arabia

Comparative Landscape – KSA Dry Logistics Market

Comparative Landscape in Saudi Arabia Online Retail Market

Recommendations / Success Factors

Research Methodology


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Saudi Arabia Dry Logistics and Warehousing Market

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