Asyad's KDP announced as "Port of Call" for global shipping lines
In line with Asyad’s role to facilitate trade and support local merchants to do business efficiently, Khazaen Dry Port (KDP), established in partnership between Asyad and private sector, joined A.P. Moller – Maersk’s (Maersk) extensive ‘Ports of Call’ network offering businesses transportation, container terminal, and reefer container services to easily import and export goods.
Joining global shipping lines, KDP will further bolster its global positioning as an import, re-export and transshipment center as the country forges ahead to become one of the leading logistics hubs in the region.
Underlining Asyad’s role as a market growth leader, this integration is yet another step in the Group’s carefully designed scheme to improve efficiencies and adopt higher standards across the logistics sector. Asyad complements these efforts by diligently providing and facilitating services that will enable local traders to effectively expand their reach to global markets and attract higher volumes of trade to and through Oman.
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“By integrating KDP within global shipping lines, including Maersk’s network, we are able to improve international market accessibility, facilitate trade and increase the flow of products and services to and from Oman at the touch of a button,” said Juma Al Maskari, Executive Director of KDP. “We are home to more than 80 local and global companies with an annual capacity of 50,000 TEU. This integration with a powerful global network facilitates business and trade for the private sector, providing them with operational efficiencies and cost optimization by simply leveraging Maersk’s global routes to best suit their supply chains,” he added.
Khazaen Dry Port is strategically located within easy reach of the booming economies in the region, with close proximity to the Saudi-Omani border, UAE-Oman border and Oman’s main ports. It is purposely designed and built over an area of 100,000 m2; KDP is a one-stop shop for custom clearance, inspection and handling and storage of containers, and cargo movement at Muscat’s doorstep.
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Mads Skov-Hansen, Head of Ocean Customer Logistics, Maersk West & Central Asia, said, “At Maersk, our ambition is to connect and simplify our customers’ supply chains by providing them integrated logistics services across land, sea and air network. Our customers can swiftly move their goods worldwide through our network that spans over 130 countries, on more than 730 of our vessels.” He added, “Oman has been a key logistics destination for Maersk, especially when it comes to the accessibility to global markets. We have worked closely with Asyad Group over the years to foster our relationship to offer best-in-class integrated logistics solutions supporting Oman 2040 Growth Vision. We are happy now to add Khazaen Dry Port to our network and work even more closely with Asyad in the coming years to continue developing our logistics investments supporting Oman's growth ambitions.”
For easy access to services, merchants can now easily book Khazaen Dry Port at the Maersk platform using the code OMKDP.
Since starting its operations, KDP has leveraged its unique value proposition in Khazaen Economic City to attract major corporations and global players to invest in Oman. As the country’s first integrated in-land dry port, it connects the City and other economic areas in the Sultanate to seaports, airports and land borders through a network of roads designed to accommodate land transport and shipment.