The rise of these imports is a result of the rising demand for meat with the approach of the holy month of Ramadan, KPA official, Hussain Al-Hafedh said in a statement.
Meanwhile, ship traffic at the ports of Shuwaikh and Shuaiba decreased in June 2011, with this number dropping from 199 a year earlier to 136.
Containers received at the ports also dropped from 66,798 in 2010 to 51,335 this year.
Despite this evident drop, the import of construction materials – such as pipes and wood – rose dramatically.
Pipes, for instance, rose from 434 tonnes in June, last year to 9,901 tonnes this year, he said, indicating that this reflects a rise in demand of the crucial material, due to the expansion of infrastructure-related projects in the country.