The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is the second-largest oil producer and largest oil exporter in the world. It also controls the world’s second-largest hydrocarbon reserves. Saudi Arabia is Western Asia’s largest Arab state, and occupies most of the Arabian Peninsula; geographically, it is the Arab world’s second-largest country. While the country is rich in oil, its desert geography dictates that it must import many commodities; if you’re an exporter, it thus makes good sense to export from the US to Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia is the only Arab country to be part of the G-20, and is a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO); it is highly developed, and is considered a high-income country. Saudi Arabia’s major imports include vehicles, refined petroleum, and packaged pharmaceuticals, and its three major trading partners are China, the US, and Germany. The kingdom?s increasing openness and highly developed economic profile mean that many entrepreneurs are interested in knowing more about how to export from the US to Saudi Arabia.

Full Container (FCL) or Groupage (LCL)

Either groupage (less-than-container load, or LCL) or a full container load (FCL) are your options when you are shipping a container to Saudi Arabia.

The total capacity of a 40-foot shipping container is 22 standard pallets, and a 20-foot shipping container will carry up to 10 standard pallets. If you have a shipment equal to at least half a container-six pallets or more-then you need FCL.

If you need to keep your merchandise separate from that of other exporters during shipping, this is also a circumstance in which FCL is your optimal choice. Groupage-a shared container (LCL)-can offer you an economical alternative in which you share space with other exporters. Sharing means that you pay only for the shipping space you need. Consult iContainers for rates and other important details.

Ocean Freight Routes to Saudi Arabia

The country’s ports are managed by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Ports Authority.

  • Port of Jeddah
    The port of Jeddah is the country’s principal port, and covers an area of 6.5 square miles. Fifty-eight berths are ranged along almost seven miles of deep-water quays with a maximum depth of over 50 feet. The port can accommodate large container vessels with capacities of up to 6,500 TEUs. This port is ideally located at the conjunction of many international shipping routes between east and west.

  • Port of Ad Dammam
    Saudi Arabia’s most important port on the Gulf is King Abdul Aziz Port, Dammam. This vast port covers an area of approximately 633 million square feet, and has 39 berths. It handles many types of cargo, and also features substantial warehouse space. This port serves the needs of the oil industry, the major provincial cities in Saudi Arabia’s eastern and central provinces, and the development of Riyadh.

  • Riyadh Dry Port
    Riyadh’s Dry Port handles over 250,000 TEU’s annually, transported by rail to and from Dammam. This dry port connects importers in the central region by train with their cargo through King Abdul Aziz port in Dammam.

Air Freight Transportation to Saudi Arabia

When your schedule is tight or your shipment is urgent, ocean freight may not be best for you; air freight may be more appropriate. As air freight does impose some limitations related to volume and weight, consult iContainers’ calculator to help you determine whether this is an appropriate option.