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Israeli Shipping Company ZIM to Connect Saudi Arabia, Israel, Morocco

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RABAT : Israeli shipping company ZIN is set to open a shipping route between the Saudi Arabian port of Jeddah and the Moroccan ports of Agadir and Dakhla, with a stopover in Israel.

The launch of a maritime link for the transportation of goods between Saudi Arabia, Israel, and Morocco is set for the coming weeks. The shipping line is scheduled to depart from Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, then stop at Haifa in Israel and then conclude its journey in Morocco’s ports of Agadir and Dakhla in the Atlantic Ocean.

The new shipping route comes following the announcement of the beginning of direct flights between Israel and Morocco. Following the Abraham Accords deal reached by former US President Donald Trump, the ties between the two countries have been renewed.

Following the re-establishment of ties, many businesses, both Moroccan and Israeli, have begun expanding economic ties and exploring new business prospects. Consequently, both countries have launched new initiatives to facilitate transportation and investment. Moroccan citizen, Rabbi Abraham Sabbagh, recently said that “many Moroccan Jews will return to Morocco to invest” once again.

ZIM is a publicly held Israeli shipping company that was established in 1945. It had an annual turnover of $3.2 billion in 2018.  It holds approximately 70 vessels and is considered one of the top 20 cargo carriers.

US protestors prevented a container ship loaded with Israeli goods from unloading in the US port of Oakland last month. According to reports, it was the first time a ZIM container ship entered into  the US port in seven years, but was ultimately forced to return to the ocean due to the protests of the port workers. The US workers protested in response to the 11-day war in occupied Palestine and general Israeli policies towards the Palestinian people.

Source : Morocco World News

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