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How delays at Sudan’s largest port could actually boost trade with Egypt

Analysts expect the four-month suspension in Port Sudan to accelerate the launch of the Transit Trade Agreement between Egypt and Sudan and eventually bring economic and political benefits to Egypt.
Sudanese dockers unload bags of sorgham (cereal) from one of two US ships carrying humanitarian aid supplies provided by the US development agency USAID, at Port Sudan on the red sea coast on June 5, 2018. - The United States is the largest single donor to the world food program in Sudan and regularly distributes food aid to the East African country. This shipment will be distributed to over a  million Sudanese who are in need of assistance. (Photo by ASHRAF SHAZLY / AFP)        (Photo credit should read AS

CAIRO — The monthslong suspension of Port Sudan, the main port in Sudan, has been bad news for Sudanese manufacturers and importers. But it could also expedite a new form of cooperation between Egypt and Sudan.

In a press release issued Jan. 12, Kampal Ali Kampal, chairman of the Chamber of Food Industries in Sudan, deplored the frequent disruption of cranes and loading equipment at Port Sudan.

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