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Economic Diversification and Logistics Sector Development—What is in Store for Oman Logistics?

Economic Diversification and Logistics Sector Development—What is in Store for Oman Logistics?

Scope of the report

The research report includes the following segments:
Product scope: Logistics Services
Geographic scope: Oman, MENASA
End-user scope: Manufacturing Companies, Agriculture Companies, Mining Companies, Retail and Wholesale Trade Companies, Construction and Energy Companies, Transportation Equipment Manufacturers and Service Providers

Industry size analysis and forecasts, global and regional trends, and freight analysis have also been provided for logistics services market.

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Key Questions Answered

What is the size of logistics industry and how long it will continue to grow, and at what rate?
What are the major modes of transportation used for freight movement and which freight mode has grown faster?
What are the key economic and trade factors affecting the logistics services industry?
How is the national logistics development plan expected to contribute to the growth of the industry?
What are the growth opportunities in this industry due to changes in government policies and proposed development plans?



The logistics industry in the Sultanate of Oman is being transformed to overcome infrastructure bottleneck, lack of investment in port handling capacity, poor land transport connectivity with other GCC countries. Oman logistics industry is shifting toward higher growth path due to strong support from the Government on key infrastructure projects to ease congestion and enhance capacity. As a member of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Oman is expected to benefit from alignment of trade policies and customs regulations, integration of national transport infrastructure with regional transportation corridors in the GCC region. Oman’s strategic centralized location in the Arabian Gulf makes it ideal location for conversion into a major transhipment hub for East-West trade route.

Transportation & Logistics segment accounted for around 5 percent of GDP in 2015. Services sector will be the growth engine for the Oman economy, driven by Government focus on logistics, transportation, tourism industries. Among all freight activities in Oman, sea transport is the predominant mode handled by Sohar and Salalah Ports. As part of government plan, Port Sohar has been promoted to handle sea cargo as an alternative to Muscat since 2015. Following major upgradation of port facilities, Sohar port handled nearly 50 million tons of cargo in 2015. Sea freight is expected to grow by 4.8 per cent in 2016, driven by the increasing intra region GCC trade and due to transhipment demand from Asia, Europe, and Africa. The logistics industry in Oman is expected to grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 6.9 per cent between 2015 and 2020.

Some of the key trends identified in the Oman logistics industry are (a) Initiated by the Supreme Council of Planning (SCP), task force has developed the Sultanate of Oman Logistics Strategy 2040 (SOLS 2040) (b) Investments on infrastructure and latest technology for upgrading the ports, airport facilities, new road links with the support of increased government spending (c) High priority is given for the development of national rail network to connect with GCC rail network to improve efficiency and reduce logistics costs (d) Trade with the GCC, Asia, and Europe is likely to remain the major driver for freight forwarding and transportation companies in the region (e) Main exports continue to be mineral fuels, oils distillation by products, while imports comprises of manufacturing goods and agriculture products


  • Executive Summary
    • Key Findings
  • Overview of Global Trends and Issues
    • Global Trends—Geopolitical, Economic, and Financial Developments and Issues
    • Global Oil Supply and Demand Imbalance
      • Table Logistics Industry: Oil Supply, Consumption and Prices, Global, 2005–2016
    • Unplanned Crude Oil Outages—Unplanned Outages by the OPEC
      • Table Logistics Industry: Estimated Unplanned Crude Oil Production Outages, Global, 2011–2015
    • Global GDP Growth—Economic Uncertainties will Continue to Hamper Global Growth
  • Gulf Cooperation Council
    • The GCC is set to Represent 1.95% of Global GDP by 2020
    • Regional Economic Co-operation to Improve Business Climate and Drive Intra-region and External Trade Growth
    • Integration of Transportation and Logistics (T&L) Service in the GCC likely to Gain Momentum
    • GCC Exports Growth Closely Followed Global Exports
      • Table Logistics Industry: Comparison of Export Growth Trends, Global vs. GCC, 1996–2014
    • Intra-region Trade is Dominated by Agriculture and Manufacturing Goods
    • Intra-GCC Trade Growth is led by Machinery, Iron and Steel, and Precious Metals
    • The GCC Logistics Strategy—Need for Better Connectivity and Linkage within Regional Transportation Network
  • Overview of the Oman Logistics Industry
    • Oman—Key Features
    • Oman Set to Represent about 4% of GCC GDP by 2020
    • Growth of the Services Sector will be Driven by Construction and Robust Trade Sectors
    • GDP by Economic Activities and Share of Logistics Industry
    • Logistics Potential in Key Industries
    • Transportation and Logistics Industry Size
      • Table Logistics Industry: Industry Size, Oman, 2010–2016
  • Freight Activity in Oman
    • Exports to Asia and the GCC Accounted 94% of Total Exports in 2014
    • China, UAE, Japan, and Korea are Major Trading Partners in Asia
    • Imports by Mode of Transportation
    • Sustainable Freight Volume Growth
    • Sea Freight Development in Oman
      • Table Logistics Industry: Sea Freight Volume, Oman, 2010–2016
      • Table Logistics Industry: Sea Freight Container Volume, Oman, 2010–2016
    • Road Freight Development in Oman
      • Table Logistics Industry: Air Freight Volume, Oman, 2010–2016
    • Air Freight Development in Oman
      • Table Logistics Industry: Air Freight Volume, Oman, 2010–2016
    • Transportation and Logistics Industry Size Projection
      • Table Logistics Industry: Industry Size Forecast, Oman, 2015–2020
    • Key Enablers and Constraints
  • Key Trends Impacting the Oman Logistics Industry
    • Logistics Industry Trends
    • Economic Trend—External Trade and Foreign Direct Investment
    • Customer Trend—Logistics Outsourcing
    • Customer Trend—Reasons for Logistics Outsourcing
    • Customer Trend—Key Challenges Faced by Users of Logistics Services
    • Customer Trend—Top Parameters in the Selection of LSP
    • Customer Trend—Growth Opportunities for Contract LSP in Oman
  • Outlook and Growth Opportunities for the Oman Logistics Industry
    • Impact of Key Trends on Oman's Logistics Industry
    • National Railway Development Plan to Improve Connectivity with Ports and Industrial Centers
    • Transformation in the Logistics Sector to provide Opportunities in Freight Forwarding and Warehousing
    • Integration of Multi-modal Logistics Functions to Deliver Freight Across Oman as well as the GCC
    • Transport and Logistics Sector to become Key Driver of Economic Growth
    • Emerging Growth Opportunities in the Logistics Industry
  • Appendix
    • Logistics Services Segmentation
    • Logistics Industry Titles Existing and Upcoming 2016 Tentative Titles

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