Sudan is situated in the northeastern part of Africa and borders the Red Sea. It comprises a mixed economy with potential resources. However, with the secession of South Sudan in 2011, Sudan has tried to regain economic stability to boost its fragile economy in the oil sector.
Despite not being a member of the WTO, Sudan’s economy is among the top 70 largest economies in the world and the country engages in foreign trade with other countries. The country has an adverse international trade balance and its trade partners include China, India, Uganda, the Netherlands, Japan, Indonesia, the US and more.
Its major economic sectors are the oil and mining, service and agriculture sectors. However, the agriculture sector produces most of Sudan’s exports which include gum Arabic, cotton, peanuts, sesame seeds, and oil and petroleum products among others. The country is the largest producer of gum Arabic in the world.
Imports of the country include food, manufactured goods, machinery and more. With several trade regulations, the country’s government seeks to enhance its international trade by liberalizing its trade. However, Sudan is part of the African Continental FTA and other individual countries FTAs.
Hence, the information below can provide you with details to help you develop your international trade interests with the country through its sea and air freights.
Sudan oversees an extensive sea freight forwarding in most ports of the country, of which the biggest ones are described below:
Located in Red Sea State, it comprises of three ports namely the Northern Port (handles containers, bulk grain and petroleum), the Southern Port (handles cement, molasses and edible oils), and the Green Harbor (handles seeds, containers and dry bulk cargo). It was founded in 1905 and comprises of handling equipment and facilities maintained in a good condition. Its total annual container throughput exceeds 430,000 TEUs and its cargo tonnage amounts to over 6.35 million metric tons.
The port has good rail and road connections to other nearby regions within the country.
Located in Suakin Town in Sudan, this port was established in the 1990s and officially opened in 1991. The port consists of 300 hectares of open storage and has well-maintained facilities and equipment. It handles an annual cargo tonnage amounting to 3 million.
The port is connected to surrounding regions by rail links.
Below describes an overview of air freight forwarding in major airports of Sudan.
Situated in Khartoum in Sudan, this airport was established in 1992. The airport occupies 2,200 hectares and has a storage capacity of 40 tons.
It has good rail and road links to nearby regions within the country.
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