Saudi port congestion remains serious, but easing slightly: sources

14 August 2013 17:26  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--While still severe, the congestion at the port of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, is easing slightly as normal working hours resume following the end of Ramadan, participants in the African polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) markets said on Wednesday.

“The congestion is a bit better,” a distributor said..”The pressure on Jeddah is releasing. They used to close at 12pm [during Ramadan].”

A PP producer agreed that the congestion is starting to improve.

There have been delays of up to three months, with orders placed in late April and early May having only recently been dispatched.

Very hot weather conditions and a restriction on heavy trucks accessing Jeddah city during peak driving hours have also been cited as reasons for the congestion.

“It takes a long time, like 3 months [for orders to reach their destination],” the PP producer said.”It's a big issue.”

The severity of the delays depends upon the supplier, with some able to minimise the delays by sourcing volumes from other plants or using other ports.

“For us it takes 1-1.5 months to get [orders] to customers,” the PP producer said. “We request [material] from the plant near the port to save time [spent on driving the material from the plant to the port].”

This producer also ships from Yanbu port in Saudi Arabia, when possible, to avoid the congestion at Jeddah.

By: Jo Pitches
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