The Port of Salalah, in partnership with Maersk Line, has launched a new multimodal transport service to Oman’s Al-Mazyunah free zone as part of its ongoing efforts to support the growth of small and medium sized businesses in Oman and Yemen and attract new investors to the zone.
Designed to facilitate inland services, the new offering includes securing customs clearances and bonded trucking services to the Salalah and Al-Mazyunah free zone hubs under carrier haulage. The new service further aims to reduce lead times and facilitate market access between Oman and Yemen.
“We’re excited to be expanding our inland service capabilities to help support customers beyond the port as part of our commercial efforts focused on our regional strategy which includes Yemen,” said Mark Hardiman, CEO of Port of Salalah.
The Port of Salalah acts as a gateway to Yemen and the current initiative aims to ensure customers get a single point of contact to help until the final delivery location. This, the port suggests, will not only increase efficiency for the customer but also has the potential to eliminate unexpected costs, including for example demurrage and port storage charges. In addition, the partnership offers various transport options allowing customers to access Mukalla, Aden and other inland destinations in Yemen.
Christopher Cook, Managing Director at Maersk UAE, Oman and Qatar, says, “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.”