To Serve the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia capably and resourcefully thereby creating better opportunities in commerce and shipping Industry.


To Elevate Riyadh Dry Port among the Top Dry Ports in the world by Improving Operational Capabilities, increasing revenue, adhering to Best Safety Standards with a strong focus on Saudiazation and by satisfying our customer’s needs promptly every time.


To be the Best Dry Port in Middle East Region and outclass the world’s leading Ports in terms of Operational Capabilities.

To provide Best Customer Service to all Shipping Lines, Agents and parties involved with Riyadh Dry Port Operations.


    • Riyadh Dry Port was first operated in 1982.
    • The Dry Port is located in Capital of Saudi Arabia – Riyadh and is well connected with the Sea Port of Eastern Province located in Dammam.
    • BAAS International Group (BIG) is the current contractor of Riyadh Dry Port and has won the contract for a period of 10 years from Saudi Railways Organization (SRO) to maintain, upgrade and handle all container movements in Riyadh Dry Port.
    • Riyadh Dry Port is located in Al Malaz- Exit 16 and is adjacent to Riyadh Railway Station.
    • The Total area of the Dry Port is 918,639 Sq. Mts.
    • In 2013 Riyadh Dry Port handled more than 500,000 TEU’s.
    • Riyadh Dry Port has the shortest Dwell time in terms of Container Delivery.
    • The Truck Turnaround Time is only 11-12 Minutes.
    • Riyadh Dry Port is the 1st port in KSA to implement NAVIS N4 2.3 and SAP.
    • Riyadh Dry Port is the 5th Port in the world to implement NAVIS N4 2.3 along with SAP and Psilog Altai Wi-Fi Devices.

    Quick Information

  • Rail Operations

    • Full Containers are offloaded from Wagons arrived from King Abdul Aziz Sea Port
    • These operations are supported using specialized equipment’s planned and monitored by Advanced Terminal Operating System (Navis N4 and XPS)

    Inspection of Containers

    • Containers are moved and stacked according to the size and type of commodity. In correspondence with the customs inspection process which they are prepared for Inspection- stripped and stuffed within the allocated time frame.

    Delivery of Containers

    • After complete the exam process immediately containers are transferred to the delivery yard and finally delivered to the consignees.

    CFS Operations

    • BIG has a dedicated area for CFS operations. LCL containers are shifted to this area where they are stripped, examined by Customs, and delivered to Consignee trucks.

    Reefer Points

    • BIG has a dedicated temperature-controlled reefer facility with 200 reefer points and Monitoring with the specialized engineers and reefer technician.

    Empty Storage

    • BIG supports storage of Import empty returned containers. And back load to Dammam also from Dammam we delivered to shipping line agent terminal without delay.

    Achievements of Operations

    • Only Dry Port in Middle East to achieve more than 500,000 TEU’s annually.
    • RDP records 15% more Volume in cargo handled compared to 2011-12.
    • Manual operations were replaced with Automated Processes.
    • Riyadh Dry Port is ISO 9001:2008 Certified Port in Saudi Arabia
    • Only Port in Saudi Arabia with an average dwell time of 5 days. Containers arriving at the port are inspected and ready for delivery with 5-7 days.
    • Truck Turn Around time is only 12-14 minutes.

  • BAAS International Group (BIG) is the current contractor for Riyadh Dry Port and is responsible for handling container movement and delivery thereby increasing commerce and trade in the capital city Riyadh of Saudi Arabia. BAAS International Group(BIG) has the unique distinction of being the 1st Dry Port in the world to implement NAVIS N4 2.3 as the terminal operating system. Also Riyadh Dry Port is the 1st Dry Port and 5th in the World to implement N4 2.3 + SAP + Psilog Techlogix Wi-Fi. This would enable all the shipping lines and agents in the world to track their containers online and also record online movement of containers once it has entered at Riyadh Dry Port. NAVIS N4 has three main parts-

    1. N4

    2. XPS

    3. ECN4

    N4 is primarily used for Data Entry and Report Generation. BIG has access to Saudi EDI Website and can download all EDI information related to container movement before the vessel arrives at Dammam King Abdul Aziz Sea Port. This downloaded EDI information can be uploaded in NAVIS N4 system without any manual intervention. N4 has highly configurable EDI and it can be uploaded in any standard formats. This data can be used for report generation for all shipping lines and agents. These reports can be customized to specific user requests pertaining to their native systems for easier transfer and upload of reports. N4 currently supports the internationally recognized formats of reports like CODECO, COARRI and BAPLIE. Currently China Shipping Line (CSL), OOCL and Hanjin lines and using the CODECO reports being generated by N4 system. All the reports are sent to shipping lines and agents every day by 9 A.M. Also whenever requests are sent from the shipping lines regarding container movement BIG’s planning team responds to their requests without any delay. N4’s Rail Options provide for advanced monitoring and management of rail operations. BIG has utilized these rail Options to track and locate containers irrespective of the location, Dammam or Riyadh. BIG have offices in both King Abdul Aziz Sea Port in Dammam where the loading of containers is recorded on wagons and the movement is tracked intermediate between Dammam and Riyadh. Finally when the train reaches Riyadh these containers are offloaded from wagons and the movement along with the location is monitored using Wireless Psilog Techlogix equipment. This offers all the shipping lines with better monitoring and movement of containers.

    BIG has vastly utilized Sparcs N4 system foundation which is built on highly scalable fault tolerant architecture based upon the latest J2EE design concepts, advanced metadata driven model and highly configurable business rules. BIG’s SPARCS N4 is designed to meet specific needs with system options that involve advanced configuration, customization and integration. Standard options offer full configurability and flexibility of SPARCS N4.

    XPS is another powerful module that BIG has utilized for its planning and yard utilization. With effective planning and utilization BIG can handle atleast 20% more containers in the same area than previous contractors. The current yard capacity can be put to use more efficiently than earlier. This was clearly evident in the month of May when BIG reached a highest of 26,000 TEU’s container movement than ever before since the inception of Riyadh Dry Port in 1982. Saudi Railways Organization SRO has acknowledged this as the revenue earned in the month of May was the highest in the past 25 years. With BIG”s experienced planning all the yard assignments are made automatically and are subject to the ease of equipment being handled by the operators leading to efficient utilization of yard space, efficient movemet and reduced operating costs. Each container is assigned to its optimal position based upon the business rules and constraints of the terminal providing a much higher utilization of the yard space, up to 90% of reduction in re handles and enhanced equipment utilization. SPARCS N4 also provides configurable planning and control user interface, an easy to use yard Editor, advanced holds and permissions management. When a container arrives at Riyadh Dry Port there will be 3 types of holds applicable on the containers. The 1st hold is to determine if the freight charges have been paid or not, the 2nd hold is to subject to Customs inspection and the 3rd hold for payment of Container Charges Report and Port Charges Report.

    BIG’s facility planning and control offers complete management of rail operations for terminals. A Detailed Yard model, graphical yard views and real time yard planning are all a part of the advanced system implemented by BIG. Efficiently choreograph real time container moves among container handling equipment operators with Equipment Control. All these are a part of ECN 4 module. ECN 4 also offers plan, view and check container movement and container planning and control. Inspection of rail roads and discharges on and off rail are a part of the control. Advanced rail options automatically plan rail loads based on the suer defined requirements. As a part of this BIG’s planning team can determine which containers to be moved in which locations before the arrival of the wagons carrying different types of containers. BIG has 2 gates configured, In Gate to record incoming Trucks for delivery of containers and Empty Gate to record arrival of Empty containers to be loaded back to Dammam once the consignee has cleared his cargo. BIG has also implemented Reefer tracking, monitoring and control 24X7. Any breakdown of reefer container is monitored by the reefer technician who informs the planning team and necessary actions like cross stuffing of cargo takes places to minimize the effect of the damage. BIG’s implementation of SPRACS N4, XPS and Equipment control has led to better truck management in the terminal. The truck turnaround time which was earlier close to 2 hours has been reduced to less than 10 minutes subject to customs inspection and cargo clearance. BIG’s has enabled Riyadh Dry Port attain highest standards in terms of operations management, yard utilization, powerful and flexible reporting, hazardous detail, Inventory, Event and reporting management. BAAS International Group has implemented the world’s leading ERP solutions provider SAP to support its Terminal Operating System NAVIS. SAP provides Human Resource Management, Sales and Distribution and Financial Administration to Riyadh Dry Port. All the billing details are recorded in SAP. Freight charges are collected at Dammam before the container arrives at Riyadh Dry Port. Container Charges and Port Charges are collected once the container has actually arrived at Riyadh Dry Port. This provides more transparent and flexible billing as compared to billing followed by previous port contractors. All the shipping lines and agents are sent invoices for each and every container billed and hence the transparency. Reports generated from SAP for billings are detailed in every way bill number and this provides a clear amount of revenue generated to SRO. Employee salary details and other expenses are calculated in SAP using Human Resource Management module.

    SAP provides all the billing details to every clearing agent and once the amount is paid at the bank, the total amount of revenue generated is calculated at the end of every day. Weekly and monthly reports from SAP determine the health and the statistics of Riyadh Dry Port. SAP plays a supporting role to the Terminal Operating System NAVIS.


  • The overall objectives of the Department is to Service and Maintain our fleet of equipment i.e. supporting the Operations Department through the availability of the Container Handling Equipment. The Operations department also enjoy the support from the eleven Reefer Technicians who monitor the condition of the Reefer cargos on a 24 hrs basis reporting to the Operations Manager.

    Our company owned Equipment consists of the following:

    FUNCTIONS Number of Equiptments

    1. Straddle Carrier [10]
    2. Reach Stacker [9]
    3. Empty Handler [12]
    4. Trailer / Truck [45]
    5. Terminal Truck [15]
    6. Forklift (3 Tons) [24]
    7. Forklift (10 Tons) [4]


    Psilog Techlogix

    Psilog Techlogix Wireless are installed in Riyadh Dry Port and these enable all the Radio Data Terminals (RDT’s), Vehicle Mounted Terminals (VMT’s) and Hand Held Devices to communicate with NAVIS SPARCS N4 system in recording the movement and location of containers. All the Straddle Carriers, Reach Stackers and Trucks are installed with these equipments and the controlling happens with the Equipment Control Department in NAVIS.

    With these latest Innovative technologies and path breaking equipments BAAS International Group can be proclaim of having achieved the distinction of being the only Dry Port in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to start NAVIS N4 2.3 + SAP + Psilog Techlogix E

    • This Reefer department comes under operations as well as technical too. Here staffs from various nationality like Indian/ Philiphines/Saudi’s are been working to provide a sound quality service to our customers.
    • This dept controlled by an Engineer with various support staffs like technicians/ computer opr/ helper too.
    • In Riyadh Dry Port, we had capacity of 200 reefer plugging since last decade and now SRO have constructed 500 reefer plugging at the same time to start November 2014.
    • In Riyadh, reefer operation starts once the train wagons arrived from Dammam port with reefer units. These reefer units are been brought in the rail wagon with plugging to rail borne (INMESOL) generators for continuous working of reefer containers.
    • Once arrival in Riyadh Dry Port, the control room controls the offloading process from wagon and brought to reefer location for power supply.
    • Upon power supply to reefer units, simultaneously we will enter in Navis system too that so on so reefer contr is supply on.
    • Therefore, 24/7 every 2 hrs each and every reefer units temp were monitored and maintained. If it not maintains then our reefer team, will find solution to fix it and if goes major issues then we will advise agent regards the issue for cross-stuffing with new reefer box. Upon their answers, we will cross-stuffed the cargo’s to new reefer box with the presence of customs.
    • And once the charges paid by agent, the customs starts to inspect the containers as well as Saudi Food Authority (SFA) people will test the cargo’s too. Once it cleared by both customs and SFA the agent will take delivery from Riyadh reefer yard.

  • Saudi Railways Organization

    Saudi Railways Organization (SRO) is the parent body that owns Riyadh Dry Port. The port was started in 1982 under the patronage of SRO. Together with Saudi Customs, which handles all Inspection of Cargo/Containers SRO has been instrumental in managing the port in the past. Baas International Group was awarded the contract to Operate, Maintain and Develop the Port in 2012 and since then BIG in joint partnership with SRO has been able to make sweeping changes inside the dry port.

    Operations: SRO runs and operates the wagon trains from Dammam to Riyadh. Every day an average of 6-7 trains carrying 700-900 containers are loaded at King Abdul Aziz Sea Port Dammam and eventually arrive at Riyadh Dry Port. SRO has both DOUBLE WAGONS which can carry Twenty Foot Container’s (2) and Forty Foot Container (1). Normal Wagons are designed to carry a single Twenty Foot Container or a single Forty Foot Container. SRO also runs Reefer Trains equipped with Generators to carry Refrigerated Cargo. In addition to this SRO also run special wagons to handle RORO cargo.

    In partnership with SRO, we have made a lot of improvements to the dry port, starting with the implementation of the world’s most advanced Terminal Operating System; the software developers “NAVIS” and bringing in an integrated portfolio of automation technologies to leverage the capabilities of the NAVIS system. Our Riyadh Dry Port was the world’s first port to implement the latest version of NAVIS called N4 2.3 and, to date, remains the only port in Saudi Arabia running NAVIS N4 2.3 linked to SAP. As a result of this pioneering initiative, BPS was recently presented with the “Award of Recognition” in the “Customer Impact” Category at NAVIS World 2015 in San Francisco California.

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Baas Ports Company provides following Container/Cargo Operational Services

Container Operations

Baas Ports Services provide all container handling operations, discharging from train, shifting to exam area, stripping/stuffing, X-Ray scanning, cross-stuffing etc. These operations are supported using specialized equipment’s like straddle carriers and monitored by Terminal Operating System (Navis N4 2.3).

LCL Operations

Baas Ports Services has a dedicated area for LCL operations. LCL containers are shifted to this area where they are stripped, examined by Customs, and delivered to Consignee trucks.

Rail Planning

Baas Ports Services Terminal has 9 rail tracks and rail stacking area beside the tracks for Rail Operations and 4 rail tracks for empty containers. Navis N4 is used for updating of containers upon the arrival of the train coming from Dammam.

Empty Storage

Baas Ports Services also supports storage of Import empty returned containers. Upon receiving empty containers they are back loaded to RCT Dammam and delivered to shipping lines.

Reefer Cargo

Baas Ports Services has a dedicated temperature-controlled reefer facility with 500 reefer points. Reefer Cargo is discharged and delivered to Consignee’s truck.

Export Cargo

New area for export containers has been allotted in the yard. The export containers are sealed by customs after inspection and transported via rail to Dammam Port.

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