Salalah, Oman’s biggest port (pictured), has signed trade agreements with Iranian ports Shahid Rajaee and Chabahar to boost trade with the newly re-emergent country.
In January Iran rejoined the mainstream world economy after years of isolation when sanctions were lifted.
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed with Iran’s Port and Maritime Authority promises to look for ways for Oman and Iran to build trade.
As part of the MoU the three ports will develop joint marketing strategies and work together to enhance trade opportunities.
Salalah has also agreed to help modernise infrastructure at the two Iranian ports and to offer support and expertise in training and skill development for Iranian port workers.
Salalah recently expanded to double quay length and increase dry bulk capacity to 20m tonnes and liquid bulk capacity to 6m tonnes annually.
The Shahid Rajaee port is Iran’s largest port, handling almost half of Iran’s seaborne trade. It lies 20km west of Bandar Abbas city on the northern shore of the Strait of Hormoz and Qeshm Island.
Chabahar port is located in the south eastern part of Iran and is being promoted as a gateway for access to the landlocked CIS countries and Afghanistan. It has plans to expand current capacity of 2.5m tonnes to 12.5m tonnes.