Sudan officially lifts ban on importing Egyptian commodities

On Wednesday, the Sudanese authorities announced the official lifting of the ban on Egyptian commodities. "Any person who has a trade registry can import commodities and goods from Egypt," Abdul-Rahman Agab Ahmed, under-secretary of Sudan's Ministry of Industry and Trade, was quoted as saying.

The import and export would be only through the commercially registered companies, he added. "In case the commodities and goods violate the standards, health conditions and laws, they will not be allowed to enter Sudan," the official noted.

In September 2016, the Sudanese government suspended all imports of vegetables, fruit and fish from Egypt following U.S. reports about cases of strawberries from Egypt causing chronic hepatitis and other diseases.

Also, the Sudanese authorities in March 2017 expanded the list of banned Egyptian farming products by adding agricultural goods and products, canned fish and manufactured goods, following reports that these products were rotten.

However, following a visit of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to Khartoum last October, President Omer al-Bashir decided to allow the importation of several Egyptian goods, putting an end to the ban.

Xinhuanet.com had the Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Industry and Commerce Abdel-Rahman Agab Ahmed saying that the decision to lift the ban on Egyptian products has been implemented officially.


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