SOHAR Port and Freezone (Oman)

SOHAR Port and Freezone is one of the fastest growing ports in the world. Situated in Oman near the Strait of Hormuz facing the Arabian Sea, the port and freezone is located on one of the world's most important shipping routes. Unhindered nautical access, modern logistics facilities for different types of cargo and road, rail and air connections to the Gulf states make SOHAR a smart logistics hub.

A market of more than 1 billion people is within easy reach thanks to SOHAR's unequalled connections to the booming economies of the Gulf states, India and east Africa. With the presence of steel, petrochemical, and plastics manufacturing facilities in the port area, the Omani port is also emerging as a major industrial site.

Setting up business in SOHAR Port and Freezone

SOHAR Port and Freezone offers a combination of incentives for investors to set up projects easily and flexibly, such as:

  • 100% foreign ownership
  • Corporate Tax Holiday of up to 25 Years
  • One-Stop Shop for all Relevant Clearance
  • Free Trade Agreement with US and Singapore
  • 0% Import or re-export Duties
  • 0% Personal Income Tax
  • Low Capital Requirements

The SOHAR Port and Freezone is operational since 2002 and is being managed by Sohar Industrial Port Company (SIPC), a 50/50 joint-venture between the Port of Rotterdam Authority and the Omani government.

SOHAR and Port of Rotterdam truly offer the best of both worlds. The expertise of Rotterdam joint with the enthusiasm and determination of SOHAR creates an unbeatable team with great opportunities.

Ronald Okker, CEO at Oiltanking Odfjell Terminals &Co. LLC

‘Knowledge transfer between Rotterdam and SOHAR works both ways’

The Omani city of Sohar has played a role in global sea trade for centuries. It’s even said that Sinbad the Sailor came from there. The history of today’s modern sea port, SOHAR Port & Freezone, is somewhat more recent. This is a 50/50 joint venture between the Port of Rotterdam Authority and the government of the Sultanate of Oman.

Navigate SOHAR

Navigate is also live in SOHAR Port and Freezone. It gives a complete overview of the most efficient routes via SOHAR by deep sea, feeder and truck. And it includes a business directory with companies that are active in and around the port of SOHAR.

PORT FORWARD: Solutions for the digital port.

We have been developing digital solutions and automating our processes since the nineties. Now we would also like to help other ports increase their business value and introduce transparency, speed, efficiency and safety in their activities and supply chains.


Would you like to know more about business opportunities in SOHAR Port and Freezone? Please contact:

Robert Bartstra
Robert Bartstra
Executive Commercial Manager SOHAR
+968 2685 2706

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