The new offering is designed to facilitate inland services and includes securing customs clearance and bonded trucking services to Salalah and Al-Mazyunah free zone hubs under carrier haulage. This in turn will reduce lead times and allow access to multiple markets.
In a statement from the Port of Salalah, the new offering is well-positioned to offer a range of customers a consolidated, digital and streamlined service, as the port is said to be the world’s most efficient transshipment port.
“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 the Port of Salalah.
Through the initiative, the port will act as a facilitator in anchoring Salalah as a gateway to Yemen, ensuring seamless cargo movement where the customer is offered a single window service until their final delivery location. Overall, this will increase efficiency to the customer and eliminate unexpected costs such as line demurrage and port storage.
Christopher Cook, Managing Director at Maersk UAE, Oman and Qatar, added “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.”
The partnership will also offer multiple transport options allowing customers to access Mukalla, Aden and other inland locations in Yemen.