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Technology saves trucking costs at Sohar

SOHAR, Oman: November 16, 2015: Truckers collecting or delivering cargo at the Sohar Port and Freezone will be able to use a new truck appointment system from next month.

Albert Pang, CEO of Oman International Container Terminal said drivers will be able to book arrival times at the port via a mobile app, a dedicated website, and an IVR (Interactive Voice Recognition) number.

OICT/Hutchison Port Holdings has invested US$184 million in developing state-of-the-art terminal operations at Sohar. Pang said the new system will be an important step in creating the nucleus of a seamless logistics network in Oman's North Al Batinah region.

"The truck appointment system will provide a number of time and cost savings for logistics service providers and the broader Omani economy. Perhaps the biggest benefit will be the ability for drivers to monitor traffic flows remotely and schedule their arrival," he said.

"This extra visibility should lead to better traffic flow in the port and on local roads as well as fewer empty trips between Muscat and Sohar," he continued.

Oman's logistics sector has grown rapidly in the past decade and increased investment aims to create 80,000 jobs by 2020.

"The industrial and economic benefits of being able to consolidate the movement of cargo, include lower shipping costs and increased connectivity, which has the potential to enhance Oman's existing competitive advantage," he added.

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