CAIRO: The government is eyeing to build a veterinary quarantine center at the Qustul-Ashkit crossing between Egypt and Sudan to facilitate trade, head of the Central Administration of Veterinary Quarantine Sayed Gad el-Moula said in Thursday press statements.
Sudan is an important cattle exporter for Egypt; hence the need to veterinary services at the land crossing to allow cattle trade.
Qustul-Ashkit port was opened in April to revive trade relations between Egypt, Sudan, and other African nations. It also reduces travel time between Egypt and Sudan from 17 hours via Nile ships to five hours via the port.
However, Egypt seeks to also promote river transport between the Aswan port in Egypt and al-Shahid Zubair port in Sudan to increase trade and investment volume at low shipping prices.
After the inauguration of Qustul-Ashkit land port on the Egyptian-Sudanese border, the revenues of NVARN decreased by 80 percent, Mostafa Amer, head of the Nile Valley Authority for River Navigation (NVARN,) told MENA Oct. 15.
He added that accordingly, the price of traveling and transportation via NVARN has been reduced to be lower than land and air transportation.
The river transport’s target is to transfer 6 million tons of goods a year, about 10 percent of Egyptians’ good transported internally and externally, according to Amer.