Minister Hussein Hajj Hasan speaks during a press conference in Beirut, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. (The Daily Star/Khalil Hassan)
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Industry Minister Hussein Hajj Hasan said Wednesday that talks with Egyptian officials on reducing the charges of Lebanese goods shipped by sea have reached an advanced stage.Talks focused on ways to subsidize the cost of shipment and the price for shipping Lebanese-made goods through the Suez Canal. Officials also reviewed ways to load the Lebanese-made goods in ferries that are dedicated for this purpose.He added that once the study is completed, it will be discussed by Cabinet to take the appropriate action.Industrialists and farmers complain that the cost of shipping their cargo by air and sea is much higher than land transportation.
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