Saudi Arabian Logistics (SAL), a member of the Saudi Arabian Airlines Corporation, has taken on the operations of customs security areas across most of the Kingdom’s airports.
The move is part of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed previously by the Saudi Customs and the National Industrial Development and Logistics Program (NDLP), under the patronage of Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman.
Saudi Customs Vice-Governor Suleiman bin Abdullah Al-Tuwaijri and SAL Deputy Chief Business Development and Corporate Relations Officer Abdulrahman Ma’en Al-Mubarak signed the agreement at the Saudi Customs headquarters in Riyadh in the presence of Saudi Customs Governor Ahmed bin Abdulaziz Alhakbani and SAL CEO Omar Hariri.
The move covers the Kingdom’s main airports including King Abdulaziz International Airport, Jeddah, King Fahad International Airport, Dammam, Prince Muhammad bin Abdulziz International Airport, Madinah, Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz International Airport, Tabuk, Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz International Airport, Qassim, Taif International Airport and Abha International Airport.
SAL took over the customs security areas at King Khalid International Airport, Riyadh last December. The new procedure is expected to reduce the time of import operations, improve the efficiency of cargo clearance and security process, increase the storage capacity, facilitate the cargo acceptance and delivery procedures, and enhance full coordination between both parties to offer services in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, which aims to turn the country into an international leading logistic hub.
Saudi Arabian Logistics delivers ground-handling services to different local and international airliners across the Kingdom’s airports. Its multiple logistics activities include offering support and supply solutions to all modes of transport and linking them to airports.
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