Crown Prince launches logistics centers’ master plan to make KSA global logistical hub


In a significant move towards transforming Saudi Arabia into a worldwide logistics hub, Crown Prince and Prime Minister Mohammed bin Salman, who also chairs the Supreme Committee for Transport and Logistics, has officially launched the comprehensive master plan for logistics centers.

According to the Saudi Press Agency, this strategic initiative, led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, aims to achieve multiple objectives. It seeks to bolster the Kingdom’s logistical infrastructure, diversify the local economy, and elevate Saudi Arabia’s position as a premier global investment destination and pivotal logistical hub.

Underscoring the plan’s significance, the Crown Prince highlighted its integration within the National Transport and Logistics Strategy (NTLS), a larger framework with a mandate to enhance the logistical sector’s role in boosting the economy. By fostering stronger regional and international connections within global trade networks and supply chains, the plan aims to harness the nation’s strategic location at the crossroads of Asia, Europe, and Africa.

The master plan outlines the establishment of 59 logistics centers, covering a vast area exceeding 100 million square meters. These centers are slated to be distributed across the country: 12 in Riyadh, 12 in Makkah, 17 in the Eastern Province, and 18 in other regions. With 21 centers already in various stages of implementation, all 59 centers are projected to be operational by 2030.

One of the key advantages of these centers lies in their potential to empower local industries for efficient exports of Saudi products. Additionally, they will play a pivotal role in boosting the e-commerce sector by facilitating swift connections between logistics centers and distribution points across Saudi Arabia’s cities and regions. The centers will also streamline traceability and simplify the process of obtaining licenses for logistics operations.

This endeavor is further supported by the recent launch of the unified logistics license, enabling over 1,500 local, regional, and international logistics firms to operate seamlessly. The collaborative effort with government agencies has resulted in the Fasah initiative—an integrated e-system within Saudi customs, aimed at expediting procedures.

Recognizing the potential of the logistics sector as a catalyst for economic diversification and development, the Ministry of Transport and Logistics is actively engaged in a range of vital initiatives and advancements. This includes an expansion of the export strategy, nurturing investment prospects, and fostering partnerships with private enterprises.

With Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s visionary leadership, the unveiling of this master plan marks a transformative step towards positioning Saudi Arabia as a global leader in the logistics arena, harnessing its strategic location and ambitious goals.

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