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Egypt turns to Suez Canal to boost revenues

The waterway’s authority has announced significant increases in transit tolls in recent weeks that are expected to bring in much-needed additional resources to help Cairo navigate its economic challenges.
Qatari liquefied natural gas carrier Duhail passes through the Suez Canal near the port city of Ismailia, Egypt, April 1, 2008.

ISMAILIA, Egypt — As Russia’s war on Ukraine continues to pressure Egypt’s economic and financial health, Cairo has turned to the Suez Canal to help it navigate the crisis. The strategic waterway, one of the world’s most crucial maritime arteries, represents a key source of foreign currency for Egypt.

During the economic setback of the coronavirus pandemic, the Suez Canal turned out to be one of the few rays of light for Egypt, and thanks to its flexible marketing policy, which included measures such as discounts for some vessels, the canal achieved revenues of $6.3 billion in 2021, the highest in its history. Now, Egypt's external financial vulnerabilities are under increasing pressure from the impact of the Russia-Ukraine conflict on tourism, food, oil prices and even the bond market. Against this backdrop, the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) has announced a significant increase in its transit fees to try to boost its revenues.

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