The state-owned logistics group, Asyad, has claimed that importers are now able to save up to 50% in terms of transit time by using direct services to Omani ports. There are, it adds, currently 200 direct services each week to 86 commercial ports in more than 40 countries.
Bader Al Na’abi, Global Markets and Business Development Director at Asyad, said: “We are inviting all traders to take advantage of our direct services, which support an increasing number of merchants and importers in bringing goods to Oman. They can avail themselves of our excellent port facilities and benefit from reduced shipping, handling and unloading charges.”
Omani ports now have direct services that include 14 weekly services to nine ports in the US, three in the UK, three in the Netherlands, five in Germany, and links to further European ports in Italy, Spain, France, Turkey, Belgium, Malta, Romania, Ukraine, and Russia. Across Asia, Oman similarly has a wide network of direct services, including 29 weekly routes to eight commercial ports in China, 21 weekly routes to Indian ports, and further direct connections to ports in South Korea, Singapore, Japan, Malaysia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Thailand. The direct shipping lines schedule also include 60 services to GCC ports.
Asyad highlights a number of case studies where importers have been able to reduce transit times by using direct call services, including Transworld Shipping and Vega Shipping. Furthermore, Voltmap Energy of India, which imports 80% of its raw materials through Sohar port, is reported to make a 50% time saving through direct routing compared to an indirect routing time of 7-10 days.
Al Na’abi adds, “Importers benefit from concessions on handling, shipping and unloading fees and extended free storage periods for goods destined for local markets. We have also recently launched a call centre for all customer inquiries and requests.”