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Albert Pang CEO SOHAR, Oman: January 24, 2016. The Oman International Container Terminal (OICT) has now launched its truck appointment system (TAS) at the Sohar Industrial Port Company.

TAS will allow truckers to schedule collection and delivery of cargo at the container terminal in advance of their arrival through either a mobile app, a dedicated website, or an interactive voice response number.

According to OICT chief executive Albert Pang (right) TAS will revolutionize logistics industries and supply chains throughout Oman: “TAS includes new roads and dedicated truck lanes and brings us a step closer to making the entire logistics system more efficient in terms of our own operations and our customers’ supply chains in Oman,” he said.

The launch of the new system is part of a US$184 million investment in Sohar infrastructure by OICT and will not only allow Omani logistics companies to view peak periods and improve port scheduling, but will also enable the port operator to better plan and allocate resources in real-time.

“We continue to expand our container handling capabilities as part of our commitment to cater to the world’s largest container ships. At the same time we recognize the importance of facilitating smoother land transportation. The TAS system will enable us to do just that,” said Pang.

OICT is a container handling joint-venture between Hutchison Port Holdings Limited (HPH), the government of the Sultanate of Oman, Steinweg of the Netherlands and a number of Omani investors.