Muscat: Port of Salalah achieved 100 per cent growth in RORO (Roll-on/Roll-Off) business and made significant progress in diverting Yemen-bound shipments through Salalah.
One of the commodity segments that stands out is the volume of cars being imported into Salalah in transit to Yemen. The volume of cars imported through RORO carriers has more than doubled in the last 6 months, as Port of Salalah imported about 18000 units in 2020 year-to-date August, compared to 7,000 units in 2019.
Securing this new source of business has increased to 'In-Country Logistics value' of close to OMR1 million by way of direct employment and business generation by Omani service providers.
“The Port of Salalah continues exploring new opportunities and businesses; leveraging its infrastructure; and to its existing portfolio of services. We are delighted to support the growing RORO trade, which not only generates incremental economic activity in its hinterland but also stimulates the local logistics ecosystem,” commented Sunil Joseph, Chief Commercial Officer.
“This step towards diversification of cargo by Port of Salalah is another milestone in promoting Oman’s ideal position as a global logistics hub; connecting directly with major international ports, then distributing and serving neighbouring markets, thanks to the Sultanate’s strategic location, world-class facilities and globally-competitive trade facilitation initiatives” commented Muna Al Subhi, Senior Strategist – Port Cluster, ASYAD Group.
The Port of Salalah is recognised for not only being a fast-growing regional container hub but also for one of the world’s biggest exporter of gypsum, in addition to handling liquids and bagged cargo. The port continues on its long-term strategy for diversification of cargo to cater to the evolving and growing economic activity in the immediate and extended hinterland.
The port continues to actively contribute to Oman’s 2040 vision and objectives and support Oman’s economic diversification strategy.
Strategically located on the trade crossroads between Asia and Europe, and serving the markets of East Africa, the Red Sea, the Indian Subcontinent and the Arabian Gulf – the Port of Salalah is operated by APM Terminals as part of the APM Terminals global terminal network. The port operates both a container terminal and a general cargo terminal.