The agreement aims to secure customs clearances and bonded trucking services to Salalah and Al-Mazyouna free zone hubs under carrier haulage and to support the growth of SMEs in Oman and Yemen by attracting new investors into the south of Oman.
The Port of Salalah and Maersk have just completed the first trial shipment from China to Al-Mazyouna. Transit time between Ningbo, China and Al-Mazyouna, Oman, was 25 days. Salalah views itself as the optimal gateway for Yemen, given its proximity to the border.
“This new corridor will help Yemeni importers to save costs and transit time. Maersk has confirmed its commitment to creating the required capacity, connectivity, and contracts to scale this up, thereby also benefitting the local companies in Oman,” the port said.
“We are excited to be expanding our inland service capabilities to help support customers beyond the port as a part of our commercial efforts focused on growing our gateway volume, of which Yemen plays an important role,” said Keld M Christensen, CEO of Port of Salalah. “We are thankful to the Ministry of Transport, Communication and Information Technology, Royal Oman Police, customs and Asyad for their support in making this happen”
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