Revenues of the Saudi Customs Authority from both traveler and cargo transfers through the country’s various border crossings amounted to 9.7 billion Saudi riyals ($2.6 billion) during the year 2000.
Al-Watan daily reported that 77.9 percent of the revenues originated from Saudia’s seaports, 21.1 percent from land border crossings and ten percent from airports.
Approximately 44.4 million tons of cargo were transferred via the various customs passageways in the year 2000. Saudi ports received 81 percent of this volume, notably through the Jubeil Seaport (34.4 percent), the Jeddah Islamic Seaport (23.1 percent) and the King Abdul-Aziz Seaport (17.9 percent). The remaining 18.4 percent of the total transferred merchandise was shipped through various land passageways.
The Customs Bureau reported that more than 20 million people have crossed through the various Saudi border passageways during the year 2000. This figure includes 11 million people whose final destination was Saudi Arabia, while nine million others only transited through the kingdom.
Those arriving in Saudi Arabia in 2000 included two million Saudi citizens and nine million foreigners. Those departing from the kingdom during the same year included three million Saudis and six million foreigners. — (MENA Report)
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