Karanfil: Libya is an alternative to Suez Canal into Africa

The Head of Foreign Economic Relations Board of Turkey-Libya Business Council, Murtaza Karanfil, said Tuesday that Libya was very important for the Turkish trade and exports’ activities to inside Africa.

Karanfil added that the important routes of trade heading to North and Central Africa pass through the Suez Canal and need 45 days to reach final destination.

“The crisis of the “Ever Given” vessel that shut down the Suez Canal for the last six days highlights the importance of Libya in terms of logistics.” He indicated.

Karanfil added that thanks to the logistics center that Turkey is preparing to launch in Libya, the country will manage to enter African routes via the land and it will be an alternative to the “African internal route”, adding that it is supposed to reach North and Central Africa.

Karanfil also explained that the Turkish logistics center in Libya would decrease the duration of the goods’ arrival in Africa from 45 days via Suez Canal to between 10 and 15 days, which would mean a very good save of financial costs of transportation.


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