King Abdullah Port ready to receive goods in response to COVID-19 needs

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King Abdullah Port has announced its readiness to receive containers and various types of goods — food, medicines and medical devices — to secure Saudis’ needs during the coronavirus pandemic. (SPA)
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King Abdullah Port has announced its readiness to receive containers and various types of goods — food, medicines and medical devices — to secure Saudis’ needs during the coronavirus pandemic. (SPA)
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Updated 06 April 2020

King Abdullah Port ready to receive goods in response to COVID-19 needs

  • In a bid to protect citizens and residents, the port will also be doubling its operations

JEDDAH: King Abdullah Port has announced its readiness to receive containers and various types of goods — food, medicines and medical devices — to secure Saudis’ needs during the coronavirus pandemic, Saudi Press Agency reports.

In a bid to protect citizens and residents, the port will also be doubling its operations and marine services in stations and docks under the precautionary measures taken by the Kingdom.

The port’s facilities have been fully equipped to handle and serve refrigerated containers including food and medicines.

In cooperation with more than 17 government agencies, importers will be able to benefit from the clearance service around the clock.

The port will extend the exemption period for storage fees at the port from five to ten days, to support exporters and importers alike, and ensure smooth logistic supplies to and from the Kingdom.

The port also stressed its compliance with the precautionary measures and the adoption of electronic operations as much as possible, to reduce direct contact, while maintaining a high level of efficient goods clearance. 

King Abdullah Port, in cooperation with the Ministry of Health, took a series of immediate precautionary measures to ensure the safety and health of all its employees.

The measures include sending all the required information to the ministry by the maritime agents within 24 hours before the arrival of the ship to ensure necessary medical checkups and preventive measures are carried out.


Saudi Arabia confirms $150 million donation to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance

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Saudi Arabia confirms $150 million donation to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance

  • The Kingdom announced in March that it would contribute $500 million to international efforts to fight the virus
  • Of that amount, $150 million would be allocated to Gavi, the Kingdom’s foreign minister confirmed on Thursday

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia confirmed on Thursday a $150 million donation to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, to help international efforts to fight the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The Kingdom announced in March that it would contribute $500 million to international efforts to fight the virus during an extraordinary virtual G20 summit on coronavirus that it chaired.
Of that amount, $150 million would be allocated to Gavi, the Kingdom’s foreign minister confirmed on Thursday during a vaccine summit hosted by Britain.
“Of this amount, I am pleased to announce the allocation of $150 million to Gavi which will support the great efforts of the alliance,” Prince Faisal bin Farhan said.
The British government is hosting a vaccine summit on Thursday and is hoping to raise billions of dollars to immunize children in developing countries. Participants will also discuss how any potential vaccine against the new coronavirus might be distributed globally and fairly.