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Egypt's Suez Canal chief says April revenues hit all-time record at $629 mn

The unprecedented income came as the Suez Canal in March increased transit fees for ships passing through the waterway

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The 193-kilometer-long (120 miles) Suez Canal, which opened in 1869, is among the most trafficked waterways in the world
The canal, which first opened in 1869, is a major source of foreign currency to Egypt.

Egypt's said Sunday its monthly revenues hit an all-time record, raking in USD 629 million in April.

The unprecedented income came as the in March increased transit fees for ships passing through the waterway.

Adm. Ossama Rabei, head of the Authority, said in a statement that 1,929 vessels sailed through the Suez Canal last month, compared to 1,814 in April 2021.

He said the revenues rose by 13.9 per cent compared to April last year when the crucial waterway received USD 553.6 million.

About 10 per cent of global trade, including 7 per cent of the world's oil, flows through the Suez Canal, which connects the Mediterranean and Red seas.

The canal, which first opened in 1869, is a major source of foreign currency to .

The annual revenues of the canal reached USD 6.3 billion in 2021, the highest in its history. The Canal said 20,649 vessels passed through the waterway last year, a 10 per cent increase compared to 18,830 vessels in 2020.

The shipping industry is still under pressure from the coronavirus pandemic and Russia's war on has already added to global economic concerns.

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First Published: Sun, May 01 2022. 18:45 IST