The discovery of smuggling of subsidized supplies from Kuwait to Egypt imposed a state of alert, tightening procedures at the ports and coordination between the two countries.

An official source in the Egyptian port of Safaga revealed that dozens of shipments coming from Kuwait were late for their usual arrival dates, during the past two weeks, due to the tightening and control of land ports in Kuwait during the recent period.

The source pointed out to intensive coordination between the Kuwaiti authorities and their Egyptian counterparts to control smugglers of subsidized ration goods, pointing to tougher procedures to punish companies transporting violating items.

This comes about a month after the discovery of the smuggling of food supplies through the land ports in Kuwait, and the Ministry of Trade’s announcement, in cooperation with the Interior Ministry, of the arrest of gangs smuggling “supplies”, which was followed by several strict decisions and measures.

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About a month after the discovery of the smuggling of food supplies through the land ports in Kuwait, and the Ministry of Trade’s announcement, in cooperation with the Interior Ministry, of the arrest of gangs smuggling “supplies”, which was followed by several decisions and strict procedures, an official source in the Egyptian port of Safaga said that dozens of shipments The one coming from Kuwait was late for its usual arrival dates, during the past two weeks, due to the tightening and control of the land ports in Kuwait during the recent period.

The source uncovered intense coordination between the Kuwaiti authorities and their Egyptian counterparts to control smugglers of subsidized food commodities, indicating that measures were tightened to punish companies transporting violating items.

The source added that the land freight companies have fixed dates in an estimate, and their flight schedule is proceeding in an organized manner, but during the recent period the shipments were significantly delayed, which led to the delay and accumulation of vehicles and shipments, and the effect of this on the dates of delivery of goods to shipping companies.

The source explained that the delay, according to what we knew, was due to continuous border smuggling, which is common in land ports, and the Customs Inspection Department is trying to stop these operations and hold those responsible accountable, indicating that the work movement has returned naturally starting this week, and traffic is expected to return in its form. The usual after about two weeks of unstable transport.

Unprecedented tightening

The director of one of the most famous land freight companies between Kuwait and Egypt, Rida Hassan, said that the past period witnessed an unprecedented tightening of transport vehicles and goods from Kuwait to Egypt, which led to the delay of shipments during the past week.

Reda added that there has been suffering for land freight operations, since the Corona crisis, due to the closure procedures, and there was only sea freight, but it is more expensive and takes longer, and with the reopening of the land area, we were surprised by the crisis of smuggling supplies, which led to the delay of shipments. Because of the emphasis on inspecting them, as the accuracy of the inspection has reached an unprecedented degree, which I have never seen before, despite my work for more than 20 years in this field.

Reda explained that the smuggling of food supplies is a very common thing in the past, and there was no attention or emphasis on it, but after the matter was escalated in the recent period, the presence of these materials has become a crime that exposes the company to closure and a fine.

Close several companies

For his part, the director of a well-known land freight company that has an office in Kuwait, Fathi Sweilem, said that the movement began to return to normal yesterday, and that the shipments will arrive on time as scheduled.

Sweilem indicated that the strict tightening during the past two weeks led to an inspection that resulted in opening every bag and emptying its contents at times, but this matter has now ended, and the movement has become more flexible, especially after the closure of several violating companies and the arrest of a number of smugglers, who were behind the recent smuggling operation Which affected the transport movement between the two countries.