Oman issues vehicle import ban

Posted on Jul 22, 2015 by

The importance of the used car market is something that simply cannot be underrated. For many, the availability of pre-owned automobiles has provided the opportunity to own a set of wheels even when on a shoestring budget. But it is worth noting that it isn’t only the frugal it caters to, for the used car market offers the middle-class and higher stratas the ability to own something special once depreciation has taken its sock on showroom prices, too.

Oman import ban

In 2009, Saudi Arabia was the first to introduce a ban on imports of cars, buses and LGVs more than five years old. A significant step considering in the year prior to the ban, 140,000 vehicles had been imported into the Kingdom accounting for 24% of total car imports.

Towards the end of 2009, the UAE attempted to follow in the Kingdom’s footsteps and bring in a blanket-ban on all vehicles over ten years of age. Thankfully, the President stepped in and didn’t allow it to pass. But just six years later, Oman is the newest member to have jumped aboard the import bandwagon.

Ali Al Sunaidi, Minister of Commerce and Industry, issued a decision on 19th July banning the import of private vehicles older than seven years. While Omanis can import an unlimited number of used vehicles in a year under these rules, non-Omanis can only import one vehicle, using their civil number.

Unsurprisingly, social media sites were rife with Omanis claiming that such a decision is in the interests of traders and businessmen, not consumers. Ahmad Al Mashani, a national, said that Omanis with a salary below 500 Rials (Dh4,770) cannot afford to buy new vehicles. According to another national, Naseeb Al Hashemi, the decision is another step towards the monopolisation of the local car industry.

Officials at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry said, “this decision came into being after many GCC countries banned the import of used vehicles less than five year old.” Meanwhile, officials at the Royal Oman Police (ROP) claim that the number of imported vehicles from neighbouring countries, mostly from the UAE, stood at more than 85,000 vehicles in 2014.

Source: Gulf News

12 Responses to Oman issues vehicle import ban

  1. Shihab Reply

    July 30, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    I want to know that which year used car can transfer from uae to Oman?

  2. Hassan Hammod Reply

    April 19, 2017 at 3:09 am

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  3. Hassan Reply

    March 3, 2017 at 6:47 am

    Used Lexus lx570 2015 still clean cost 11,000 Oman Rial

    Serious buyer should contact.

    Email address:

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  4. Sharifur Rahman Reply

    January 31, 2017 at 1:02 am

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  5. Hassan Reply

    October 31, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    Used Lexus lx570 2015 still clean cost 11,000 Oman Rial

    Serious buyer should contact.

    Email address:

    Whatsapp CHAT or Call : +447405502988 or 00447405502988

  6. Ali Al Junaibi Reply

    March 26, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    Hello everyone after reading everyone’s comment, I just wanted to notify one thing as being an Omani, I am well aware of all situations.
    1.) We don’t have much Population with lower salaries left still those who are again with lower salary why do they need to buy car from UAE when vehicles are available in Oman BUY a used vehicle from Oman.
    4.)Even Bahwan, Zubair, Zawawi and other many Car traders they own Showrooms of used car and they provide IN House Loans as well.
    3.) This law is for your goodness if Oman Has less old vehicles on road its for your safety and for your children’s safety.
    4.) Most of Garages/ work shops buy old broken vehicles from UAE market and modify them and sell them so it looks perfect from out side but owner of that vehicle suffers due to Maintaining it daily.

  7. Abdallah Ahmed Abdallah Al Harthy Reply

    October 24, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    Respected Minister ,the decision you mak is not in advantage for the Omanise and is not even help the ecomoni you are very clever man wi expecte more in your side but wat we see now the decision you make i’m sory but is agains low peaple beafort if you have 500 rial you can got to Uae and get clean car hoo can help you , juste if some one have 250 rial salairy waw he can manage got to bay a new car ?? And how he well sarvaive ? This decision is good for bahwan, zubair , and Zawawi not for as . Plz Mr Minister you are Omani is in your responsabiliti to help as no to be aganst as many familly lives with smoll busness to sale a old cars but now it well be dificulte for them to continue this buzyness because of this decision wi dont ask more just HELP US. Thank you

  8. ishaq Reply

    October 22, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    Dear ,
    This rule is only for light vichale or also heavy vichale.
    Please reply if any body know .

    • Naveed ishaq Reply

      February 19, 2017 at 10:48 am

      I m planning to buy a truck for my brother in Oman from Europ. Please guide me with current age limit of trucks. Will be realy gretfull. 00447920866735 whatApp or call.

  9. Omani Reply

    July 29, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    This is an excellent decision since old cars are not safe

  10. TajallaHabib Reply

    July 24, 2015 at 2:48 am

    Respected minister ,the decision to ban old cars is not a good idea this will makes Hard worker Omanis life more harder and they will not be able to buy new cars it will make their life more harder and trade will be dropped .we request the minister to cancel the ban and help Omanis

  11. Najibullah Habib Reply

    July 24, 2015 at 1:53 am

    The decision to ban 7 years old cars is not a good idea, this will not help the consumer at all.
    I do not support this decision as most of the Omani hard working families won’t be able to buy newer cars and will suffer this way.
    We request the minister in commerce to bring change this ban ,as lots of consumers and traders will suffer .
    It will put lots of impact on the economy as well
    As trade will significantly drop

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