Sunday, 24 Jan 2021
In the month of April, 14 per cent of goods imported through Port of Sohar were pre-cleared and released before their arrival. It is an increase from the 1 to 2 per cent of pre-clearances that were occurring before a recently conducted trial.

14% of imported goods cleared just before arrival at Sohar port

At the finish of 2017, the Oman Logistics Centre and Directorate General of Customs carried out the trial for pre-clearance of import goods via the Port of Sohar.

The trial was component of the national strategy to enhance overall performance of the logistics sector in Oman and to transform the nation into an international trade and logistics hub, stated a press release.

An growing quantity of importers have continued to practice cargo pre-arrival reporting and clearance, which is a approach for finishing customs and other ministries clearances just before goods arrive in the sultanate.

The lately carried out pre-clearance trial was component of the government’s commitment to facilitate trade at neighborhood ports by enhancing circumstances for traders and lowering restrictions and moving to threat management. Pre-clearance is the worldwide greatest practice for managing the importation of goods.

The Bayan program, an on-line single window (a single-cease service) created by the Directorate General of Customs of ROP, enables seamless, handy and quicker clearance of goods for the enterprise neighborhood and other stakeholders in the sultanate. With pre-clearance in spot, goods can be delivered in shorter timeframe, offering expense advantages to traders and providing them quicker access to their cargo. Local importers are obtaining employed to pre-clearance processing by adopting new methods of functioning in the digital atmosphere.

Oman Logistics Centre teamed up with ROP’s Directorate General of Customs to provide the pre-clearance trial which is an international greatest practice for managing import shipments. Pre-clearance demands submitting of needed details to the authorities just before the arrival of cargo, which tends to make it feasible for shipments to be completely released upon arrival.

Col Khalifa Ali al Siyabi, director basic of Customs, ROP, mentioned, “Goods and materials of huge volumes are moving into the sultanate to meet the growing demands of country’s businesses and consumers. In meeting these objectives, infrastructure and systems are required to move the goods at the lowest cost and shortest time possible. We, at ROP, along with Oman Logistics Centre encourage traders to practice pre-arrival reporting as a more efficient and effective way to move goods and to manage their supply chains. We are fully committed to use the possible tools to facilitate customs procedures and enhance the flow of trade.”

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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