CAIRO: Trucks loaded with the furniture and luggage of Egyptian workers in Gulf states started to arrive at Safaga Port on the Red Sea Monday after a two-week ban over a strike by custom brokers.
A total of 34 trucks on two ferries arrived from Saudi port of Dhiba after head of the Red Sea Ports Authority Hesham Abu Senna revoked the ban he had issued himself, according to a statement by the authority.
A total of 350 trucks out of 418 have been released since work resumed at the Safaga Port, leaving 68 trucks still sacked up.
Abu Senna issued the suspension because of “smuggling attempts in collusion with some custom brokers.”
“Passengers bring furniture with them, old furniture that has no economic value for the country, and 350 trucks are now stacked up because of a strike by custom brokers,” Abou Senna told Youm7 April 19.
Meanwhile, a reader sent an email under the name of Nour Amer to Youm7 Tuesday claiming the brokers’ strike has been ongoing for 25 days because of “illegal custom fees.”
Customs officials “exaggerate custom fees” and allegedly do not abide by the fees laid out for every category, according to the email.