February 24, 2024

“Arab Road and Maritime Transport” sets off towards New Levant Gulf and Europe

Cairo: Cairopost, Reports

The Minister of Transport in Egypt, Kamel Al Waziri, has followed up on the rates of cargo and truck transportation along the Arab Bridge for Road and Maritime Transport, linking Egypt, Jordan, and Iraq. This service commenced at the beginning of the current month. During his meeting with the management of the Arab Bridge Company for Navigation at the Ministry of Transport headquarters in the new administrative capital, he reviewed the measures taken by the company to ensure the success of this route, emphasizing its speed, cost-effectiveness, and ease of procedures. The meeting also included an overview of the initial operational activities and the capability of this route to connect Jordan, Iraq, and the Gulf countries through the seaport of Nuweiba to Egyptian ports overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, providing access to the European market.

The Minister emphasized Egypt’s keen interest in this new route and the country’s commitment to providing support through facilitating procedures and encouraging various companies and entities to utilize the route in both directions. This is particularly significant for transporting goods from the Gulf, Iraq, and Jordan to European and American destinations via Egypt, linking the ports of Aqaba and Nuweiba through the Gulf of Aqaba, and currently by land through the Nuweiba/Taba tunnel to the ports of Arish, East Port Said, Damietta, and Alexandria. This land route constitutes a crucial part of the Taba-Arish logistical passage, allowing for direct maritime services between Egyptian ports and European and American destinations.

It’s worth noting that the operation of this route stems from coordination between the Egyptian Ministry of Transport and the Jordanian and Iraqi Ministries of Transport, as part of the strategic partnership with the Arab Bridge Company for Navigation. Its operation aligns with the directives of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to transform Egypt into a global center for trade and logistics. The Ministry of Transport is executing a comprehensive plan to develop and enhance international multimodal transportation corridors (road, rail, river, and sea), including the Taba-Arish logistical passage, currently being implemented as one of seven integrated international developmental logistical passages.

Egypt has also revised all necessary customs legislation to facilitate and increase direct international transit through the country, leveraging its infrastructure of ports, road networks, and railways. Furthermore, the Ministry has joined the TIR and Vienna 1968 Conventions, streamlining the entry of foreign trucks for transit within Egyptian territories in the shortest time possible. These efforts are part of a plan to establish Egypt as a global hub for trade and logistics.

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