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The shipping line that transports Turkish products to the Gulf via Egypt is operational, Mohamed Abdel-Qadir, chairman of Egypt's General Authority for Red Sea Ports, told Anadolu Agency on Tuesday.
"The shipping line between the Iskenderun Port in Turkey and Egypt's Damietta Port is working at full capacity," he said.
He added that the line was being used to transport Turkish products to Adabiya in Port Said, which are then shipped to the Saudi port of Dabba.
"There has been a 25% increase in Turkish exports to the Gulf countries via Egyptian ports," Abdel-Qadir said.
Both the Egyptian government and maritime sources confirmed that a 2012 Turkish-Egyptian agreement to ship goods to Gulf countries remained in effect.
Abdel-Qadir said Turkey was transporting products to the Gulf via a second shipping line between the ports of Mersin and Port Said.
"But this line has been suspended due to financial differences with the shipping company and the company's failure to provide ships to transport the trucks," he added.
Last year, Egypt and Turkey agreed to use Egyptian ports to transport Turkish exports to the Gulf and Jordan following the closure of Syrian crossings to Turkish products.
Adel Lamie, chairman of the Egypt-Turkey Business Council, said the Mersin-Port Said shipping line had been suspended twice due to "financial reasons."
"Negotiations are underway to re-activate the line," Lamie, who is also chairman of the Port Said Chamber of Shipping, told AA.Last Mod: 31 Temmuz 2013, 11:11