Riyadh -- The Saudi Ports Authority (Mawani) and the Saudi Arabia Railways (SAR) have inked an important agreement to bolster maritime and rail transportation connectivity.

This strategic alliance enhances the logistics at the industrial and commercial ports in the Kingdom, thus contributing significantly to the objectives outlined in the National Transport and Logistics Strategy (NTLS), and aligning with the goals of Saudi Vision 2030.

Mawani President Omar Hariri and SAR CEO Dr. Bashar bin Khaled Al-Malik signed the agreement at Mawani's headquarters in Riyadh.

The agreement is bound to boost the Kingdom's competitive edge and support trade by offering secure, sustainable transportation solutions that aim at reducing carbon emissions and improving the efficiency of logistical operations.

This initiative will contribute to solidifying Saudi Arabia's position as a leading global logistics hub effectively bridging three continents.

Mawani aspires to achieve seamless integration with SAR in container transport, bulk materials, and general cargo via rail to and from ports. SAR's extensive rail network, which connects major ports, such as King Abdulaziz Port in Dammam, King Fahd Industrial Port in Jubail, Jubail Commercial Port, and Ras Al-Khair Port, plays a crucial role in this integration.

The partnership is bound to improve the quality of service offered exporters and importers by introducing innovative logistics services that make exports and imports transported by rail more efficient, and provide solutions to customers' logistics challenges.

The agreement also aims to assess user satisfaction with rail services and logistics support, and identify and implement improvements. It also entails collaboration in planning and executing marketing campaigns to promote rail transportation.

The goal is to transform the Kingdom into a critical logistics corridor between the East and the West.