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Egypt’s transport, shipping sector hit by curfew

The shipping and transportation industry in Egypt has incurred significant losses due to the curfew imposed in 14 governorates across the country, Ahram has reported. The interim cabinet reintroduced a state of emergency, along with a curfew, on August 14, following bloody clashes between supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi and security forces. Maersk Egypt has said the deteriorating security situation has impacted its import and export volumes, as it had become very difficult for customers to move their containers to and from the ports. "Thirty to forty percent of our local volume has been affected by the curfew, alongside the closure of Salam Bridge (one of the main gateways crossing the Suez Canal to Port Said's east terminal)," said the company's spokesman, Tarek Safwat.