A Sudanese embassy official in Addis Ababa has confirmed that Ethiopia
has begun importing and exporting goods through Port Sudan, Reuters
said on Wednesday.
An agreement between the two countries has been
concluded and goods have already started moving to Ethiopia via Port
Sudan, Fada al-Rahman Ali, a counsellor at the embassy, told
The official added that the highway linking the port with Gedaref (Al-Qadarif), 150 km from the border with Ethiopia, had been completed, and goods were being shuttled from there without any problem. The official also told Reuters that the Ethiopian Maritime and Transit Service Enterprise (MTSE), a state-run company which handles the bulk of Ethiopia’s foreign trade, was planning to build warehouses at Gedaref.
Last year, the Ethiopian roads authority announced it was embarking on
general maintenance of the 185-km road from Gonder to the border
crossing at Metema. Humanitarian sources told IRIN on Thursday that
work to upgrade the road to an all-season standard, which included the
construction of 10 bridges, was still in progress and was not expected
to be completed until towards the end of the year. Similar work is
also currently taking place to upgrade the gravel road between Gedaref
and Gallabat on the Sudanese side of the border. Until the work on
both sides was complete, the route from Gonder to Gedaref would remain
impassable to heavy trucks in the rainy season, the sources said.