如何在所哈爾港投資? How to invest in Freezone Sohar

Freezone Sohar

 

Freezone Sohar provides investors an excellent base to distribute products to a customer base of nearly 2 billion consumer market at Oman’s doorstep. Part of the Gulf Cooperation Council, and in close vicinity to the Indian Sub continent and the East African coast, Freezone Sohar is ideally located to reach out to major consumer markets nearby, or as a ideally transshipment hub between east and west.

Freezone Sohar, being part of the Sohar Industrial Port Company’s group, is adjacent to a first class port, creating an ideal business environment for easy import and export of all goods and commodities. World renowned terminal operators will handle your goods with care and at attractive rates

Freezone Sohar, being the only Freezone of its kind in Oman, is a perfect location to start your business on the doorstep between east and west, having immediate access to large consumer markets.

Land is widely available, congestion is nowhere to find, the ease of doing business is renowned and a local work force is be happy to join you. Incentives are attractively competitive. Energy widely available at competitive rates.

Please click on website to move to Freezone Sohar website:  www.freezonesohar.com 

 

 

 

Organization

Freezone Sohar is managed by Sohar Industrial Port Company SAOC of which Port of Rotterdam and the Sultanate of Oman are shareholders in a 50-50 joint venture. Shareholders in Freezone Sohar LLC  are  the Sultanate of Oman, Port of Rotterdam and SKIL Infrastructure from India.

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  Value Proposition

General Value Proposition

Freezone Sohar provides investors an excellent base to distribute products to a customer base of nearly 2 billion consumers at Oman's doorstep. Part of the Gulf Cooperation Council, and in close vicinity to the Indian Sub-continent and the East African coast, Freezone Sohar is ideally located to reach out to major consumer markets nearby and offers an ideally located transshipment hub between east and west.

Freezone Sohar, being part of the Sohar Industrial Port Company's group, is adjacent to a first class port, creating an ideal business environment for easy import and export of all goods and commodities. World renowned terminal operators will handle your goods with care and at attractive rates.

Land is widely available, congestion is nowhere to find, the ease of doing business is renowned and a local work force is happy to join you. Incentives are attractively competitive. Energy is available at competitive rates

·         Incentives

 

Freezone Sohar offers a combination of incentives that allow investors to set up and operate their projects in a profitable, easy and flexible manner.

Incentives are as follows:

1.100% foreign ownership

A Freezone Sohar working company must have a minimum of 2 shareholders, both of which may be foreign entities (natural or juridical).

 

A Freezone Sohar working company must have a minimum of 2 shareholders, both of which may be foreign entities (natural or juridical).

2.10 year corporate tax holiday

Each working company has a guaranteed 10 year exemption of corporate tax (normally 12% in Oman). This exemption can be extended up to the duration of the lease contract if certain targets in Omanization are reached.

 

Each working company has a guaranteed 10 year exemption of corporate tax (normally 12% in Oman). This exemption can be extended up to the duration of the lease contract if certain targets in Omanization are reached.

3.No customs duties on goods brought into the Freezone.

All customs processes are described in a dedicated set of Customs procedures.

 

All customs processes are described in a dedicated set of Customs procedures.

4.No restrictions on sales to the local market

Freezone Working companies are allowed to sell, unlimited, to the Oman/GCC market. The standard 5% GCC customs duty will apply when the goods are brought out of the Freezone into Oman or any other GCC country.

 

Freezone Working companies are allowed to sell, unlimited, to the Oman/GCC market. The standard 5% GCC customs duty will apply when the goods are brought out of the Freezone into Oman or any other GCC country.

5.Relaxed level of Omanization

The minimum Omanization level for the Freezone Sohar is 15%. An escalation by following schedule will ensure exemption of corporate tax:

·        reached 25% Omanization after 10 years

·        reached 35% Omanization after 15 years

·        reached 50% Omanization after 20 years

 

The minimum Omanization level for the Freezone Sohar is 15%. An escalation by following schedule will ensure exemption of corporate tax:

6.One Stop Shop for all relevant clearance

Freezone Sohar offers a single window through which all licenses, permits and approvals can be obtained. In practice this means that Freezone clients require very little interaction with the various governmental institutions.

 

Environment

Environmental Sustainability is important. For this reason, the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs operates a dedicated branch for the Port and Freezone Sohar; the Sohar Environmental Unit or SEU. The SEU acts as the front-office of the Ministry thereby enabling efficient and transparent processes. All Freezone Working Companies are required to conduct an Environmental study of their projects, either in the form of an Environmental Review (a basic report on the environmental issues) or an Environmental Impact Assessment (a comprehensive environmental study executed by an approved consultant).

Since it potentially influences timelines, Freezone Sohar will ensure clarity on the report type in the prospective phase. More details on these reports can be found in the respective SEU guidance notes from the download section.

The One Stop Shop will guide all investors in this process.

 

Types of Licenses & Permits

Licenses & Permits Explained

Licenses

Freezone Sohar offers the following Licenses for Working Companies (tenants with land lease):

·        Industrial license

·        Light manufacturing & assembly license

·        Logistics license

These licenses allow specific activities and are renewable on a yearly basis. For third party service providers there is a separate Service Provider license which allows specific services inside the Freezone. Registration of Service providers is free of charge.

Permits

Freezone Sohar has a simple and transparent permit system:

·        Plot Work permit, allowing the Working Company to execute civil works inside their plot. All relevant regulations on plot development, and the application process for the Plot Work permit can be found in the Development Control Regulations.

·        Common Area Work permit: allowing the Working Company to execute works outside the plot, inside the common areas (for example laying a pipeline or cable).

·        Special Transport permit.

 

 

 

Setting up a Company

 

The guidance note "from Prospect to Freezone Working company" explains the steps that are to be taken to become a tenant of Freezone Sohar: the Freezone Sohar Working company

The guidance note "from Contract to Groundbreaking" explains the steps that are to be taken for a Working Company to be allowed to commence civil works on the leased land.

Downloads

Guidance Notes from Freezone:

·        From Prospect to Working Company

·        From Contract to Groundbreaking

·        Guidance Note on Labour & Visa

Other industries are of course very much welcomed in our Freezone. If you are interested to invest in Freezone Sohar please send in Expression of Interest. In case you have any questions please feel free to contact us:

If you are interested to register as a service provider, you can contact Tel. (+968) 26852700 Fax (+968) 26852701

 

Sectors

Freezone Sohar welcomes all investors in a diverse pallet of industrial sectors. So far Freezone Sohar has earmarked projects in the following sectors of industry: 

·        Steel manufacturing and processing

·        Trade and Logistics

·        Oil and Gas, Petrochemicals

·        Minerals and Aggregates industry

·        Ceramics

·        Food, Food Logistics and Food processing.

Other industries are of course very much welcomed in our Freezone. If you are interested to invest in Freezone Sohar please send in Expression of Interest. In case you have any questions please feel free to contact us:

Tel. (+968) 26852700 Fax (+968) 26852701

 

 

 

·        Partners

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·        Port of Rotterdam

·        Skil Group, India

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