The ICD serves as an extended gateway for OICT, offering shippers and consignees within Muscat easier access to the Port of Sohar. All import and export formalities can now be undertaken at the depot itself, including customs clearance, customs inspection, customs duty payment for import cargo and the completion of re-export documentation.
A single-window customs clearance system for the import, export and re-export of containers, combined with faster vehicle and cargo turnaround, will create significant economic benefits for shippers. Additionally, a sophisticated electronic data interchange will enable shipping lines and shippers to track the status of containers routed through OICT in Sohar and Muscat.
Oman International Container Terminal (OICT) is a joint-venture between Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH), the Government of the Sultanate of Oman, Steinweg of the Netherlands and a number of Omani investors. A modern container handling facility able to accommodate the latest mega-vessels, OICT is situated in the Port of Sohar, outside the Straits of Hormuz in the Gulf of Oman, approximately 200km from Muscat and 160km from Dubai.