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Saudi Arabia

Connecting the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the world


MSC has been operating in Saudi Arabia since 1996, delivering successful business growth with our customers and trading partners. Today, MSC serves the Kingdom and the region from three main offices, Dammam, Jeddah and Riyadh.

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Detention, demurrage, Per Diem and storage charges

What is detention?

Detention is the charge applicable, after the free time expires, for the use of the carrier’s full container inside the marine terminal and container yard. 

What is demurrage?

Demurrage is the charge applicable, after the free time expires, inside the terminal for the use of the land. In case of a demurrage dispute, email 
What is Per Diem?

A storage charge is applicable for containers left inside the rail ramp or container yard (to use the land) after the free time expires. 

What are storage charges?

A storage charge is applicable, after the free time expires, for containers left inside the rail ramp or container yard (for the use of the land).


SOLAS VGM information for Saudi Arabia

What is VGM?

Verified Gross Mass or VGM refers to the exact, verified weight of a packed container. For safety reasons, vessel operators can only load a container if its weight has been verified. 

  •  Authority in charge of SOLAS implementation in CONAKRY TERMINAL 
  • Tolerance, fines / penalties: 1 Ton of declared VGM 
  • Level of control expected: Not announced 

What do I need to include in my VGM instructions?
You must include the following on all VGM instructions: The following items are mandatory and must be on all VGM instructions:

  • Booking or Bill of Lading number
  • Container number
  • VGM,  weight measurement unit (lbs. or kgs.)
  • Authorized person’s signatory (submitter of the VGM who may be authorized to act on behalf of shippers 
  • Responsible party Name
  • Any other by local law (if applicable)

How can I submit my VGM instructions?
VGM instructions should be submitted on 
myMSC (Free of Charge) 

Deadlines for submitting your VGM instructions
Instructions must be recorded before the vessel’s closing date, i.e., 48 hours before the vessel’s arrival.  

MSC admin fees and costs 
Any cost or consequences caused by delay, misdeclaration or manual entry of VGM instructions is payable by the shipper. 

Contact information

For more information, please contact the MSC GUINEA customer service team: 

Email :
Tel: +224 624939004

Prohibited cargo

It is illegal to bring the following items into or out of Saudi Arabia 

  • Any goods imported from Israel.
  • Hazardous waste as defined by both the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their
  • Disposal and the Saudi Arabian General Environmental Law and its rules for implementation.
  • Designated toxic and hazardous chemicals, including the fluorescent stain Auramine O.
  • Palm trees of any type (including date, coconut and ornamental palms).
  • Christmas trees of any kind.
  • Natural soil, whether to be imported as such or used as potting material, e.g. for seedlings, cuttings, tubers.
  • Goods unfit for their intended use, e.g. spoilt foodstuffs.
  • Foodstuffs involving animal blood in their production process.
  • Beverages bearing the description of "Zamzam" (water from a certain well in Mecca).
  • Cooling equipment such as freezers, air conditioners, compressors and refrigerators operating on banned refrigerants, e.g. cooling agents
  • containing Freon 11, 12, 22 and 123.
  • All types of machines, equipment and tools for gambling or games of chance.
  • Leftover equipment and machinery from the Kuwait and Iraq war.
  • Certain religious literature, e.g. the Holy Quran.
  • Blank invoices of foreign companies abroad.
  • Advertising material for cigarettes of any kind.
  • Products polluted by radiation or nuclear dust.
  • Though the above items are the only ones prohibited, there are a number of goods that are heavily restricted.  For more information, see the links below. 

 View the full list of prohibited and restricted goods.

  • There are no major export prohibitions in place, though some items – as with importing – are heavily restricted.
    For full details of prohibited cargo please visit the links below:

View the full list of prohibited and restricted goods.
Find information on procedures and formalities. 


List of terminals 

Ports and terminals

MSC operates services to and from the following Saudi ports and terminals, with local teams in each location to support our customers.

Dammam (SADMM) – King Abdul Aziz Port
Jeddah (SAJED) – Jeddah Islamic Port
Jubail (SAJUB) – Jubail Commercial Port
King Abdullah (SAKAC) – King Abdullah Port

Cargo Insurance

Transporting cargo by sea or land comes with certain risks - but cargo insurance can provide protection you need. MSC Cargo Insurance combines quick quotes with competitive rates, full cover and an easy claims process. 
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Intermodal Transportation

Flexible, efficient and environmentally friendly, intermodal solutions combine ocean freight with road or rail transportation. MSC's extensive shipping and inland network enables us to offer cost-effective door-to-door deliveries. 
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Smart Container 

Enjoy 24/7 access to data about your container's position, door status, temperature, humidity and more, whether it is on land or at sea. 
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Save time, reduce costs and take another step towards your sustainability goals by switching to electronic bills of lading. Our state-of-the-art digital solution for processing bills of lading, MSC eBL is fully secure and user-friendly. 
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