National Salvation Government of Yemen announces reduction in Hodeidah customs fees, challenging Saudi-occupied port of Aden

National Salvation Government of Yemen announces reduction in Hodeidah customs fees, challenging Saudi-occupied port of Aden

Member of the Supreme Political Council, Mohammed Ali Al-Houthi has announced a reduction of customs fees at the port of Hodeidah.

Al-Houthi revealed on Friday the issuing of directives from the President of the revolutionary government of Yemen, Mahdi al-Mashat, to fix the price of the customs dollar at 250 riyals at the port of Hodeidah.

“The directives include suspending 49% of customs for every container loaded with merchant goods entering from the port of Hodeidah, regardless of whether it is going to Aden, Ma’rib, Sana’a, or any other area in Yemen,” al-Houthi added, calling on the private sector to use the port of Hodeidah as a primary import hub.

This move represents a strong blow to the Hadi government’s measures, which recently raised the price of the customs dollar in the ports they occupy from 250 riyals to 500 riyals. If successful, the latest move by the National Salvation Government is likely to direct ships and goods to Hodeidah instead, in order for them to take advantage of the announced reduction in customs fees.

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