Middle EastPorts and Logistics

Egypt to keep ports open 24 hours a day

Egypt has decided to keep its ports running for 24 hours a day, up from 16 currently, to cut “long waiting times”, transportation minister Hesham Arafat revealed yesterday.

Grain traders over the last year have added significant price hikes on shipments headed to Egypt, the world’s largest wheat buyer, in part because of soaring demurrage fees thanks to the congested nature of the nation’s ports.

While the 24/7 operating measure has been hailed by local traders as a step in the right direction, calls have grown to add extra storage areas across Egypt’s ports.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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