Omani ports recorded a more than 28 per cent growth in imports during the first five months of 2022, helped by economic recovery and improved domestic demand this year.
Cargo volumes imported through the sultanate’s seaports jumped by 28.4 per cent to 15.7mn tonnes during January – May period of this year compared to 12.2mn tonnes recorded in the corresponding period of last year, according to the official data reported by Oman News Agency.
Major Omani ports – Port of Salalah, cand Port of Duqm – have increased their capabilities to enhance the sultanate’s economic growth and development. The efforts made by the sultanate’s seaports during the past years have led to an increase in their import-export capabilities.
The goods imported through the seaports account for 86.1 per cent of the sultanate’s total merchandise imports (18.3mn tonnes) received by all customs ports during the first five months of 2022.
Oman benefits by the presence of an integrated network of ports which are spread along the sultanate’s coasts. The main commercial ports network includes Sohar Port, Salalah Port and Port of Duqm. There are also smaller ports in the wilayats of Suwaiq, Shinas and Khasab.
As per the official data, total value of merchandise imports through the seaports in the first five months of 2022 amounted to RO4.1bn, an increase of 37.4 per cent over the same period of 2021.
Oman’s total merchandise imports grew by 17.7 per cent to 18.3mn tonnes during the first five months of 2022 as compared to 15.5mn tonnes in the same period of last year.
Total value of the sultanate’s merchandise imports rose by 21.7 per cent to RO6.1bn in the first five months of this year as compared to RO5bn in the same period a year ago.