Post Eid, the Egyptian government have begun to ease restrictions and have revised their COVID-19 measures. For the next 2 weeks, until mid-June, there will be a gradual reopening of sports venues, clubs, as well as restaurants and placed of worship. Furthermore, the existing curfew is now between 6.00am and 8.00pm. The Central Bank of Egypt’s have also eased regulations on the withdrawal of funds for individuals and private companies. These restrictions now exclude the transport and logistics sector from daily cash limits, further enabling the flow of essential cargo.
The suspension of all commercial flights have affected airfreight capacities, however terminals are operating as normal for cargo. Domestic road freight is experiencing delays, and nonessential cargo is restricted during the 10.00pm – 6.00 am curfew. Cross-border road freight has been significantly impacted with restrictions on Egyptian drivers and trucks into Jordan and Saudi Arabia, with many opting to move cargo via ocean freight. Ports and customs are still operating but with reduced work times and staff, adding delays and further challenges.