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International Trade & Customs

The scope of Oman’s international trade is expanding not only with various GCC states but also with a considerable number of countries throughout the world. Oman has a dynamic private sector in which overseas firms are encouraged to make investments, create jobs for the local population and improve productivity. Oman has been a member of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) since 2000, and in turn, WTO’s consistent protection of intellectual property and market access are, along with favorable tax management, making Oman a dependable trading partner and an attractive destination for foreign investments.

Oman has developed a long-term strategy which promises greater efficiency and global competitiveness. Oman has also ratified Free Trade Agreement(Oman/USFTA)with the United States in October 2006 which came into force in both countries on 1 January 2009. Under the Oman/USFTA, the US and Oman provide reciprocal duty-free access for most originating goods and will phase out tariffs on the remaining originating goods within ten years. The FTA allows 100% ownership of Omani companies by US companies.

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SASLO has extensive experience in the fields of international trade and customs law, areas which are both complex and diverse. The firm’s expertise in these area enables us to help our clients navigate the constantly changing landscape of legislation and regulations. The firm provides counsel and advice for virtually all matters involving the importation of goods. We at SASLO strive to help businesses stay competitive by enabling them to address efficiently any impediments to commerce in the Sultanate of Oman. We understand the intricate governmental processes and help our clients avoid any unnecessary difficulties or delays. If a violation has occurred, e.g. concerning a failure to follow customs procedures, we work closely with our clients and the governmental agency to obtain a favorable resolution as quickly as possible. Our goal is to help our clients be efficient and competitive in the marketplace.

With extensive experience in all aspects of International Trade and Customs sector, we can assist you with:

  • Anti-dumping issues;
  • Anti-Terrorism Sanctions
  • Blocked Funds
  • Bonded Warehouses
  • Cargo Claims
  • Cargo General Sales Agent Agreements
  • Comprehensive due diligence
  • Country of Origin matters
  • Customs Audits
  • Customs Bonds
  • Customs Requests for Information
  • Customs Value
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Express Consignments
  • Fines and Penalties
  • Licensing and Operations provisions in the Free Trade Zones (FTZ):
  • Hazardous Material Investigations and Penalties
  • Import Alerts
  • Import Quotas
  • In-bond Documentation and Processing
  • Investigations
  • Provisions, rules and regulations concerning Oman/US FTA
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Seizures and Forefeitures
  • Shipping Law provisions
  • Tariff Classification
  • Trademark and Copyright Matters including breaches thereof