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Canal & The Society

The Suez Canal ’s role is not confined to servicing the world trade. It goes beyond that to serve the Canal Zone community ...

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Navigation Circulars

Circular No.1/2016

Concerning container ships coming from ports of the East Coast of America heading to South East Asian ports

* The Suez Canal Authority has decided the following: -

Article one:-

a) Container ships coming from Port of New York and its southern ports heading to South East Asian ports (Port of Port Kelang and its eastern ports) shall be granted a reduction of 30% (thirty percent) of the Suez Canal normal tolls.

Article Two:-

Conditions of applying the Circular : -
  1. Any company wishing to benefit from this circular has to submit a request before sailing through its shipping agency according to the attached form.
  2. The vessel must not call any port in between aforementioned two areas provided that vessel’s operator must forward a formal declaration about that.
  3. Submitting a certificate from the last port of origin stating the date of sailing and a certificate from the first port of arrival stating date of arrival within sixty days from the date of Canal transit.
  4. A statement submitted by vessel's agency undertaking to pay the granted reduction in case of calling in between the aforementioned two areas, or failing to submit the documents during the period stated above.

Article Three:-

Circular No 3/2015 and its amendments are to be cancelled

Article Four:-

This circular takes effect for vessels sailing from port of origin as of March 7, 2016 as an experimental period, for 90 Days (ends on June 5, 2016) to be renewed.

To see Circular Press here

To see Circular Application Form Press here

Director of Transit Department 

( Eng . Ahmed Shawky Mostafa )

This circular is cancelled in Circular No. 2/2016

Canal History
13th century BCE

13th century BCE, A canal is constructed between the Nile Delta and the Red Sea. For the following centuries, the canal was only partially maintained...


1854, By a French initiative, the viceroy of Egypt, Said Pasha, decides for a project to build a canal from the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea...


1858, La Compagnie Universelle du Canal Maritime de Suez is formed to construct the canal.

17 Nov 1869

17 Nov 1869, With great splendour, the canal is opened for navigation. Dimensions were 22 metre in bottom width, 58 metre in surface width, and a depth of 8 metres...

2 Mar 1888

2 Mar 1888, The Convention of Constantinople guaranteed right of passage of all ships through the Suez Canal during war and peace...

13 Jun 1956

13 Jun 1956, Suez Canal Zone restored to Egypt.
26 Jul 1956, Egypt nationalized the Suez Canal.

5 Jun 1975

5 Jun 1975, Suez Canal reopened...

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Tourism Information

Places, directions, travel co. and more.

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