The Special Economic Zone at Duqm (SEZAD) is gearing up to hand over the main buildings in the customs station at Port of Duqm. This comes on the sidelines of ensuring the overall readiness of all facilities at the station to provide key services for export and import operations through the commercial berth at the Port.
Managing operations in-charge at SEZAD, Eng. Yahya bin Khamis Al Zadjali, said that the construction works in the customs building, agriculture and fisheries building and the clinic are nearing completion and they will be handed over to the concerned bodies in coordination with the Port of Duqm.
Speaking about the ongoing works, Al Zadjali, said: “Oman Company for Development of Special Economic Zone at Duqm, Tatweer, a fully-owned by the Public Authority for Special Economic Zones and Free Zones (OPAZ), is currently striving to accelerate the works in the buildings and getting the main gate of the Port ready for commercial use.”
Chairman of the Public Authority for Special Economic Zones and Free Zones (OPAZ), HE Dr Ali bin Masoud Al Sunaidy, paid a visit recently to the buildings established in the Port of Duqm, Al Zadjali said. The visit was aimed at ensuring the readiness of the buildings prior to the implementation of the Bayan System, which is an electronic customs data system for all customs procedures and operations.
The visit also included a meet with officials from Royal Oman Police and Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources. Present during the meeting were also representatives of the main contractor of Duqm Port, Special Economic Zone at Duqm and Port of Duqm Company.
The meeting highlighted the plan for launching the customs building and the agriculture and fisheries building in order to facilitate the process of customs inspection on exports and imports coming to Port of Duqm at the same location, as well as to release all agriculture and fish consignments.
Al Zadjali remarked that the coordination is in progress with the Ministry of Health to operate the specialised clinic located in the customs station.
He further confirmed that the bids submitted for the tender for designing, manufacturing, supplying, installing, testing and operating container cranes for the commercial berth at Duqm Port are currently under review.
There will be 12 rubber wheeled cranes and 4 container cranes to shift containers from ships to the dock and vice versa.
“The tender will be soon awarded to the selected company. The Port of Duqm is currently using mobile cranes until the new main cranes are installed during the coming 18 months” Al Zadjali commented.
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