Saudi’s Mawani, GACA & ZATCA sign MoU to boost air-sea connectivity

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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The Saudi Ports Authority (Mawani), General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), and Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority (ZATCA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in order to enhance air-sea logistics connectivity and ensure a seamless flow of goods across the Kingdom.

The memorandum of cooperation achieves the completion of logistical linkages between air and sea ports, as per the statement.

The agreement was signed at the GACA headquarters in Riyadh by its Executive Vice President (EVP) for Economic Policies and Logistics Services, Mr. Awad AlSulami, as well as Eng. Abdullah Al-Funtukh, ZATCA’s Vice Governor for Trade Facilitation and Customer Experience Sector, and Mr. Abdullah AlMunif, Vice President for Commercial Business at Mawani.

The three-party deal aims to upgrade the Kingdom’s logistics and customs services and boost the nation’s foreign trade and economic development by integrating freight operations at air and sea terminals.

According to the statement, “It intends to simulate cargo transportation scenarios to identify and address any underlying challenges hindering a smooth delivery of service, and leveraging the country’s strategic geographical position.”

The MoU further seeks to intensify collaboration and coordination between the public sector entities through a common framework designed to enable knowledge and resource transfer, fulfill shared objectives, and synergize efforts to transform Saudi Arabia into a global logistics hub as per the ambitions set by Saudi Vision 2030.

“Furthermore, the agreement includes raising the level of coordination and cooperation in the field of exchanging information and resources, implementing joint programs and initiatives, as well as cooperation by facilitating access to logistical services for beneficiaries,” as per the statement.

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