OMAN: Muscat port to close by end of August, 2014
As Muscat port (Mina Qaboos) is to be converted into a tourism area, all shipping activities will be transferred by the end of August 2014 to the port of Sohar, located 230 km North-West from Muscat.
From September 2014, all containers will be delivered directly from Sohar, until Customs potentially allow bonded transportation.
Cut off dates are the following:
- Last date for B/L issuance with POD Muscat: June 1st, 2014
- Last date for empty return to Muscat: August 7th, 2014
- Last date for B/L issuance with POL Muscat: August 7th, 2014
For all delivery orders issued after August 1st, 2014, empty containers will have to be returned to Sohar.
Since our FAS vessels are already calling both Sohar and Muscat ports, service continuity will be fully ensured, and according to the above timeline, last call in Muscat will be operated by mid-August 2014.