Salalah-Somalia service launched

Muscat: Simatech has launched a new service between Salalah, Berbera and Mogadishu. The first vessel, the 1150 TEUs MV Sima Pride, made the inaugural call in Salalah recently.
This fortnightly service will provide a reliable and safe connectivity for the growing Somali trade from Salalah. Salalah is already the main hub for Omani trade with Somalia and this new service will boost trade between the two countries, which is estimated to be about $116 million.

“We are happy to see Simatech commencing this service between Salalah and Berbera and Mogadishu, both of which are important trade centres for Somali trade. This service can allow bigger parcels of essential imports like vegetable oil, cement, foodstuff to be exported on a regular basis from exporters in Salalah,” said Abdi Hussain, a Somali trader.

“This is another initiative to give the industries in Oman a competitive edge. We hope that the Omani business community leverages this connectivity to develop and expand into the growing markets,” added Ahmed Akaak, Acting CEO of Port of Salalah.


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