Muscat: Asyad has partnered with Indian agro-food authorities to facilitate the import of fruits and vegetables for traders and importers in Oman not only for local market but also to further redistribute it to the region.
Recently, 26-tonnes shipment of mango was imported from Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, located 1,500 kilometres from the Indian ports with a total trip time of eight days from Indian farms to Sohar Port.
With this partnership, it should be noted that direct import from India to Omani ports now takes only three days, 40 per cent shorter shipping time compared to indirect import.
This step is another milestone for Asyad Group, Oman’s new integrated logistics provider, which has set to secure direct import of goods and commodities, including fresh fruits and vegetables, for the Sultanate’s markets from countries of origin through Omani ports.
In so doing, Asyad also aims to provide traders and shippers with competitive direct shipping solutions, while encouraging fruits and vegetables based industries and ensuring the availability of the necessary raw material in affordable prices to support such industries.
This, in return, will promote the Sultanate’s role as re-exporting and distribution hub to Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, Middle East and North Africa (Mena) markets there by cementing the Oman’s competitive advantage and supporting the implementation of the National Logistics Strategy 2040.
Asyad seeks to harness the full potential of the Sultanate's ports to provide traders, importers and exporters with comprehensive and competitive shipping and logistics solutions. For instance, Oman Shipping Company (OSC), part of Asyad Group, provides cold stores containers for the transport of fruits and vegetables from India through Nhava Sheva and Mundra ports to Sohar Port through its three weekly trips.