US shipping line American President Lines (APL) has resumed it work in Port Sudan after 20 years halt because of us sanctions on Sudan, by entering the containers of alfalfa and cotton export and others, according to local press.
General Manager of the CMA for Container Management, shipping agent line of French CMA, the second shipping line globally Al Hadi Mahmoud Abdul Al Qadir said there is an expected visit by a representative of the US Marketing line to the country in the 20 of March to resume activity of the shipping line. APL is a provider of container shipping and global transportation services.
The visit aims to examine the infrastructure of the port, handling equipment and storage yards for containers and their suitability and qualify for the continuation of work in this line without any obstacles, noting that the visit also aims to meet with officials at the port, Khartoum, employers and suppliers and exporters.
He pointed to that his French company bought this shipping line from America before the lifting of the ban, and it was afraid of operate it, and now has resumed its activities in Sudan after partial lifting of the ban, pointing out that it contains an estimated fleet of ships and will begin actual activity in next April, from the Singapore port.
Sudan’s enjoys a strategic location on the Red Sea making it an ideal shipping point for products headed towards the Mediterranean in one direction and the resource-hungry Gulf Arab states in the other.
Sudan’s domestic economy, where demand outpaces local production, also creates an opening for foreign direct investments. In addition to the oil industry, Sudan also sees the production of cotton, sesame, gum Arabic and sugar. Sudan is the world’s largest producer of gum Arabic, a key ingredient in soft drinks, pharmaceuticals among others. s.
Sudan is also one of the Africa’s largest producers of sugar, often called “White Gold,”it faces growing demand both in Sudan and on the Arabian Peninsula. Sudan also produces actual gold, some 40 tons per year are exported through Port Sudan.