- The demand for pharmaceutical products increased in Saudi Arabia during the COVID pandemic but due to the restrictions on travel & trade the market witnessed delayed deliveries.
- The freight forwarding market is anticipated to grow with a CAGR of 11.4% and the warehousing market with a CAGR of 9.6% during the forecast period 2019-2025F
- Local manufacturing of pharma products is leading to an increased demand for logistics services in Saudi Arabia.Saudi’s Vision 2030 & National Transformation Program (NTP): The Government of Saudi Arabia seeks to expand the private sector’s role in providing healthcare services under Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Program. Vision 2030 & National Transformation Program (NTP) includes plans to expand the privatization of government services, incorporate health IT and digital records, double the number of qualified Saudi nurses by 2020, and increase the number of licensed medical facilities from 40 to 100 by 2020. The Kingdom is focusing on developing new sources of competitiveness to meet its goal of substituting imports in critical segments to avoid potential shortages. It aims to increase the local cluster value add while also transitioning into more complex products with the objective of becoming a leading manufacturer and innovator in the MENA region.
Infrastructure and Technological advancements in transportation and warehousing segments: The government of KSA is taking initiatives for the development of economic zones and logistics centers to accommodate the increasing demand for freight forwarding owing to economic diversification & Vision 2030. KSA government aims to aggressively drive and position 50 islands and 100 miles of the Red Sea as a global tourist destination. Expansion of the Red Sea corridor in Jeddah, the minerals hub in Yanbu, King Abdullah Port, and the NEOM project are also expected to drive the freight forwarding industry.
Government Investment: Saudi Arabian government is investing to improve its port infrastructure that envisages using innovative technological solutions to also automate processes & activities. Companies have started adopting technologies such as WMS, RFID, and others to have an edge over other players in the logistics industry.