The Port of Salalah has launched a multimodal transport solution to Al-Mazyunah free zone as part of its regional strategy, aiming 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.

Mark Hardiman, CEO of Port of Salalah, said: “We’re excited to be expanding our inland service capabilities to help support customers beyond the port with part of our commercial efforts focused on our regional strategy which includes Yemen.”

The current initiative, in partnership with Maersk, hopes to ensure seamless cargo movement where the customer gets single window service till final delivery location.

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, noted the port.

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.”

Salalah, which handles containers, liquid and dry bulk, currently serves large volumes of multiple commodities through Al-Mazyunah free zone.

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