The Port of Salalah in Oman is a major Arab Gulf regional gateway port and transshipment hub on the Arabian Sea. In partnership with Maersk, it has launched a new multimodal transport solution to Al-Mazyunah free zone as part of its regional strategy. It aims to support the growth of SMEs in Oman and Yemen and attract new investors.
Designed to facilitate inland services, the new offering extends beyond the Port and includes securing customs clearances and bonded trucking services to Salalah and Al-Mazyunah free zones hubs under carrier haulage. The new service reduces lead time and allows access to multiple markets.
“We’re excited to be expanding our inland service capabilities to help support customers beyond the Port with as part of our commercial efforts focused on our regional strategy which includes Yemen,” said Mark Hardiman, CEO of Port of Salalah.
Port of Salalah, acts as a facilitator in anchoring Salalah as a gateway to Yemen and the current initiative, in partnership with Maersk, ensures seamless cargo movement where the customer gets single-window service till final delivery location.
Removal of unexpected costs
This will not only ensure increased efficiency to the customer but also has the potential to eliminate unexpected costs, including for example line demurrage and port storage. A dedicated team of experienced customer service personnel is always on call to ensure cargo is delivered safely and on schedule. In addition, the partnership offers multiple transport options allowing customers to access Mukalla, Aden and other inland destinations in Yemen.
Christopher Cook, Managing Director at Maersk UAE, Oman and Qatar commented,
, “Our ambition is to serve our customers with end-to-end, integrated solutions which will simplify their supply chains. Our joint efforts with Port of Salalah aim to achieve this and we look forward to unlocking new value for our customers across the Middle East and North Africa region.”
As one of the world’s most efficient transshipment ports, the new offering is well-positioned to offer a range of customers a consolidated, digital, streamlined service. Salalah delivers world-class terminal capabilities including containers, liquid and dry bulk handling.
The Port of Salalah currently serves large volumes of multiple commodities through Al-Mazyunah free zone.
About the Port of Salalah
The Port continues to actively contribute to Oman’s 2040 vision and objectives and support Oman’s economic diversification strategy. Strategically located on the trade crossroads between Asia and Europe, and serving the markets of East Africa, the Red Sea, the Indian Subcontinent and the Arabian Gulf – the Port of Salalah is operated by APM Terminals as part of the APM Terminals global terminal network. The port operates both a container terminal and a general cargo terminal.