SEZD gearing up to handover key Port of Duqm buildings

Customs and agriculture and fisheries buildings will facilitate on-site inspections of exports and imports

The Special Economic Zone at Duqm (SEZD) is close to handing over the main buildings in the customs station at the Port of Duqm. The move is said to be part of ensuring the readiness of all facilities to provide key services for export and import operations through the commercial berth at the port.

A senior official said that 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.

“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,” said Yahya bin Khamis Al Zadjali, in-charge of Managing Operations of the Special Economic Zone at Duqm.

He pointed out that Dr Ali bin Masoud Al Sunaidy, chairman of the Public Authority for Special Economic Zones and Free Zones (OPAZ), visited the buildings established in the Port of Duqm last week. The visit was carried out to witness the readiness of the buildings prior to implementing the Bayan System, and to meet officials from the Royal Oman Police and Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources.

The meeting highlighted the plan for launching the customs building and agriculture and fisheries buildings, in order to facilitate the process of customs inspection on exports and imports coming to the port at the same location, as well as to release all agriculture and fish consignments, the statement said.

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 added 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 (TRG) and 4 container cranes (STS) to shift containers from ships to the dock and vice versa.

Al Zadjali commented, “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.”

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