Sudan Export: Hundreds of truck drivers are stuck in a blockade of a major export route out of Sudan into Egypt. The protesters using waves of rocks and other barriers to barricade the road. By late January some 1,500 drivers were stuck as they tried to return to Egypt.
Hundreds of truck drivers are stuck in a blockade of a major export route out of Sudan into Egypt, hampering exports of camels and other livestock as opposition to a military takeover has fueled festering grievances over trade.
The blockade of the route known as the Northern Artery by the protesters, using waves of rocks and other barriers to barricade the road, began last month.
By late January some 1,500 drivers were stuck as they tried to return to Egypt, an Egyptian trucking union said, giving the latest numbers available, with no signs of the protests waning.
The blockade shows the vulnerability of Sudan’s fragile economy, already mired in crisis, to political tumult after the military coup.
According to the OEC, in 2019, Sudan exported $207M to Egypt . The main products that Sudan exported to Egypt were Other Oily Seeds ($82.9M), Bovine ($45.9M), and Raw Cotton ($45.5M).
In addition, there are also significant gold exports, which are largely unregulated. Sudan officially exported 26.4 tonnes in the first 9 months of 2021 and 25.2 throughout 2020, Central Bank data shows. But officials estimate four times more is leaving Sudan illegally.