Oman Freight Transport Report

Published 02 November 2015

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Oman Freight Transport Report
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Oman is likely to see a steady upward growth in air freight handled in the short to medium term as international trade gains momentum whilst growth in road freight will see a drop in tonnage by 2020. Though the two sectors will see important investment taking place over the coming years in a bid to increase Oman's trading capacity and further diversify away from oil the low oil prices will continue to impact negatively on the country's economy.

Overall economic growth in the country will be hampered by the effects of low oil revenues on the public finances. However it is predicted that over the coming years, the Omani government will make far-reaching efforts to build a recovery strategy which will included investing in the non-oil trade sector and revamping transport and logistics services in the country. Both a healthy banking sector and high domestic savings have been recognised as two factors contributing to resilience and stability in the country.

Oman's move to reduce the country's deficit will include efforts to reduce dependence on oil with areas such as agriculture, manufacturing, textiles, copper, mining and cement all benefiting from investment in innovation, development and transport infrastructure. The strategy will feed into objectives for the logistics sector to surpass the USD12bn mark by 2017. The ports will be a particular focus for investment but road and air networks will also see substantial improvements to efficiency and capacity over the coming years. The development of oil refineries will also help the country expands its trade offering.

The road freight industry will see mixed fortunes over the medium as investment in road development will continue to enhance vital trade links within the GCC region. Investment in the expansion of the country's key airports will form part of the government's logistics strategy and contribute to the growth of the sector. The imminent construction of a new railway network to connect the GCC region may change...

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BMI Industry View
Freight Transport
Operational Risk
Industry Forecast
Trade Forecast
Table: Trade Overview (Oman 2012-2019)
Table: Key Trade Indicators (Oman 2012-2019)
Road Freight Forecast
Table: Road Freight (Oman 2012-2019)
Air Freight Forecast
Table: Air Freight (Oman 2012-2019)
Market Overview
Company Profile
Sohar Industrial Port Co (SIPC)
Oman Shipping Company (OSC)
Political Outlook
Domestic Politics
Table: Oman - Sultan Qaboos And Legislative Institutions
Long Term Political Outlook
Table: Oman - Frontrunners For The Succession
Table: Oman - Political Overview
Oil Price Outlook
Europe - Brent On Board For A Bumpy Ride
Macroeconomic Forecasts
Economic Analysis
Table: GCC - Real GDP Growth, % Chg Y-O-Y
Table: Oman - Selected Infrastructure And Industrial Projects
Demographic Forecast
Table: Population Headline Indicators (Oman 1990-2025)
Table: Key Population Ratios (Oman 1990-2025)
Table: Urban/Rural Population & Life Expectancy (Oman 1990-2025)
Table: Population By Age Group (Oman 1990-2025)
Table: Population By Age Group % (Oman 1990-2025)
Industry Forecast Methodology
Sector-Specific Methodology

The Oman Freight Transport Report has been researched at source, and features latest-available data covering commercial transport and logistics by road, rail, air and water; industry forecasts, company rankings covering leading national and multinational operators; and analysis of latest industry trends, opportunities, projects and regulatory changes.

BMI Research's Oman Freight Transport Report provides industry professionals and strategists, sector analysts, investors, trade associations and regulatory bodies with independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the Omani freight transport and logistics industry.

Key Benefits

  • Benchmark BMI's independent freight transport industry forecasts on Oman to test other views - a key input for successful budgetary and planning in the strategic freight transport market.
  • Target business opportunities and risks in the Omani freight transport sector through our reviews of latest industry trends, regulatory changes and major deals, projects and investments in Oman.
  • Assess the activities, strategy and market position of your competitors, partners and clients via our Company Profiles (inc. SWOTs, KPIs, and latest activity).


BMI Industry View

Summary of BMI’s key industry forecasts, views and trend analysis covering freight transport and logistics, regulatory changes, major investments and projects and significant national and multinational company developments.

Industry SWOT Analysis

Analysis of the major strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats within the freight transport sector and within the broader political, economic and business environment.

BMI Industry Forecasts

Historic data series (2008-2012) and forecasts to end-2019 for all key industry and economic indicators (see list below), supported by explicit assumptions plus analysis of key downside risks to the main forecast including:

  • Transport Sector: Total freight carried by road, rail, inland waterways, maritime, air and pipeline (mn tonnes-km/mn tonnes).
  • Trade: Exports and imports (USDmn) by category of goods (manufactured goods, food, chemicals etc.); top five import and export trade partners (USDmn); imports/exports to each global region (USDmn)
  • Port Data: Throughput (‘000 tonnes) for all major ports in the state.
  • Oil Products Prices: Price forecasts for gasoline and aviation fuel (USD/bbl) at all major global energy trading hubs.
  • Economic Indicators: Nominal GDP (USDbn); real GDP growth (%); GDP per capita (USD); industrial production (%); unemployment (%)

Market Overview

Details of the freight infrastructure in each state by segment (road, rail, air, water and pipelines). Full analysis of the competitive landscape within each segment.

Industry Trends and Developments

Analysis of the latest projects across the freight transport sector (road, rail, air, sea and logistics) including a market overview which provides an outline of the key elements driving development.

Political Outlook

The Freight Transport market reports contain a chapter detailing the political outlook of a given region, examining the domestic politics, long-term outlook and foreign policy, and assessing the impact this could have on freight and transport businesses.

Company Profiles*

Examines the short- to medium-term business strategies of key industry players. Strategy is examined within the context of BMI’s industry forecasts, our macroeconomic views and our understanding of the wider competitive landscape to generate company SWOT analyses.

The latest financial and operating statistics and key company developments are also incorporated within the company profiles, enabling a full evaluation of recent company performance and future growth prospects.


The Freight Transport reports draw on an extensive network of primary sources, such as multilateral organisations, government departments, industry associations, chambers and company reports

*Company profiles are not available for every country. Those reports instead contain information on the current activities of prominent companies operating in the market.