Saudi Arabia launches master plan to make country a logistics hub

01 Sep 2023
Financial Nigeria


In April 2023, the Kingdom jumped 17 places globally in the World Bank's Logistics Performance Index, advancing to the 38th position among 160 countries. It plans to rank among the world's top 10 countries in the index by 2030.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud, has launched a master plan to make the country a hub for global logistics.

The Crown Prince, who serves as Prime Minister and Chairman of the Supreme Committee for Transport and Logistics Services, launched the master plan for logistics centres, which aims to further develop the infrastructure of the logistics sector in the Kingdom, diversify the local economy, and strengthen the position of the Kingdom as a leading investment destination and global logistics hub.
The goal is to develop the logistics sector to support economic growth and enhance local, regional, and international connectivity for international trade networks and global supply chains, capitalising on Saudi Arabia’s strategic geographical location connecting three major continents: Asia, Europe, and Africa.

The Master Logistics Centres Plan outlines 59 centres, spread across the key strategic regions of Saudi Arabia, with a total area exceeding 100 million square meters. These include 12 logistics centres for the Riyadh region, 12 for the Makkah region, 17 for the Eastern Province, and 18 across the remaining regions of the Kingdom. The ongoing work is focused on 21 centres, with the goal of completing all centres by 2030.

The centres will enable local industries to efficiently export Saudi products, as well as support e-commerce by facilitating rapid connections between logistics centres and distribution hubs within various regions, cities, and provinces of the Kingdom. The plan also facilitates high-level tracking and eases the process of obtaining logistic activity licenses, particularly with the introduction of the unified logistic license.

So far, the license has been granted to more than 1,500 local, regional, and international logistic companies, in addition to launching FASAH, the two-hour licensing initiative in collaboration with relevant government entities.

The logistics services sector represents a promising pillar for economic and developmental diversity in the Kingdom. It is witnessing a range of qualitative initiatives and significant developments aimed at achieving a substantial leap in sectoral growth and expanding its economic and developmental contributions. The Ministry of Transport and Logistics Services (MOTLS) operates by a model that seeks to develop the logistics services industry, enhance export strategies, expand investment opportunities, and establish partnerships with the private sector.

In April 2023, the Kingdom achieved a significant accomplishment in the transport and logistics system by jumping 17 places globally in the World Bank's Logistics Performance Index, advancing to the 38th position among 160 countries in the international ranking of logistics efficiency. The MOTLS also recently launched a series of initiatives in the logistics sector to improve performance efficiency, reengineer processes, and implement best global practices in this vital sector to enhance the Kingdom's position as a global logistics hub. These initiatives include the launch of the integrated private logistics zone at King Salman International Airport in Riyadh, with Apple being the first international investor in the zone. One of the key priorities of the NTLS is to place the Kingdom among the world's top 10 countries in the Logistics Performance Index by the year 2030.

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