Egypt's Suez Canal revenue rebounds after slowdown

11:49, July 27, 2010      

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Egypt's Suez Canal is seeing its revenue rebound in the past fiscal year after a sharp decline due to the impact of the global economic slowdown.

The drop in revenue for the last fiscal year, which started in July 2009 and ended in June 2010, was only 4.2 percent, compared with a fall of 20.3 percent in the previous fiscal year, Ahmed Fadel, chairman of the Suez Canal Authority (SCA), told a press conference here on Monday.

Suez Canal traffic shows positive signs of recovery in the first half of this year, he said.

The number of ships passing through the waterway increased 3.3 percent in the first half of 2010 to reach 8,651, compared with 8,375 in the same period last year. The volume of cargo grew 20 percent to 313.4 million tonnes, the chairman added.

The canal's revenue for the first half of 2010 reached 2.25 billion U.S. dollars, a growth of 251 million dollars, or 12.5 percent from the same period in 2009.

The waterway's revenue in the 2009/2010 fiscal year was 4.54 billion U.S. dollars.

Fadel said the Suez authority will continue its efforts to further develop the waterway and increase its capabilities of allowing bigger vessels to pass through.

In January this year, the SCA began to increase the permissible draught of passing vessels to 66 feet and decided to keep the traffic tolls unchanged and maintain all initiatives and rebates for some kinds of ships.

Around seven percent of sea transported world trade passes through the Suez Canal, making it a barometer of global trade. The Suez Canal revenue is one of the major sources of income for Egypt.

Source: Xinhua


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