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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. 4/2016

Reduction in Transit Tolls for VLCC's
In Ballast Coming Form America To Arabian Gulf

Article one:-
Circular No.2/2005 concerning reduction in transit Tolls for VLCC's in ballast coming from America to the Arabian Gulf, shall be amended to read as follows :

A 45% reduction from the applicable SC transit tolls excluding other services dues shall be offered to VLCC's – in ballast of 200.000 dwt and above, coming from the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean and the North Coast of South America

Article Two:-
The company which wants to benefit from the circular shall submit a request before transit through its agency as per the attached form, subject to forward the following documents after transit :-

  1. A certificate from the port of origin stating date of departure and condition of the ship ( ballast ) signed and stamped by the port authorities .
  2. A certificate from the port of arrival, stating date of arrival and port of departure, signed and stamped by port authorities .
  3. In case of stopping at in between ports, a certificate stating the reason of stoppage is to be submitted, signed and stamped by port authorities .
  4. An undertaking from the shipping agency confirming the payment of the whole transit dues without any rebates in case of changing port of origin or port of arrival,

The abovementioned documents are to be submitted in a maximum of 60 days from the date of transit . The rebate shall be cancelled if the documents are not adequate or not forwarded in the definite time .

Article Three:-

This circular dos not cancel the applicable long haul tolls rebate circular .

Article Four:-

This circular takes effect as of 24/7/2016 as an experimental period to be renewed.

To see Circular Press here

To see Circular Application Form Press here

Director of Transit Department 

( Eng . Ahmed Shawky Mostafa )

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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