Sudan Crisis | Logistics Access Guidance – SITREP 3
Humanitarian Aid to Sudan MAY 2023
Sudanese CAA posted a NOTAM A0070/23 wef 30-April prohibiting all flights over territory of Sudan except for evacuation or humanitarian flights approved by PPR and Sudanese authorities. This NOTAM is still in force and has been extended in May. Military aircraft involved with relief aid operations. Some civilian operators are ready to fly to PZU/Port Sudan, subject to approval of insurance underwriters & additional war risk premiums.
A0070/23 – ON BEHALF OF SUDAN CAA
AIRSPACE OVER THE TERRITORY OF SUDAN IS CLSD TO ALL FLIGHTS
EXC FOR HUMANITARIAN AND EVACUATION FLIGHTS
BY PPR FM SUDANIAN CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY
REF SUDAN AIP GEN 1.2. 30 APR 12:35 2023 UNTIL 13 MAY 23:59 2023 ESTIMATED.
CREATED: 30 APR 12:33 2023
PZU Airport is small (runway 2500m) and does not have facilities to handle larger aircraft i.e. Main-deck loader to offload wide-body freighters. They do have 2T-16T forklifts as advised. The security conditions in & around Port Sudan are mostly ok as per information we have received. Airfreight corridors to Chad (NDJ), Ethiopia (ADD) for onward overland access are other possible air routes. There is also the possibility of air freighting via Jeddah (JED), KSA and then trans-shipment to common feeder services to Port Sudan or cargo ship to Suakin.
The main seaport at Port Sudan remains safe & operational – common feeder services from Jeddah and other origins are still arriving. Port Sudan area is considered comparatively safe compared to Khartoum & other areas. Electricity supply is reported as stable asides some disconnections of internet service. Containerized cargo can be accepted to Port Sudan port and palletised/bulk cargo is able to travel to Suakin Port, 50km to the south. Several local liner companies have service from Jeddah to Port Sudan and there are also known to be services from Jebel Ali, UAE as well. Warehousing facilities in Port Sudan are available but it is becoming congested for obvious reasons.
Sudan Customs central network is not operational since 15.4.23 and there are staff shortages. Sudan customs authorities have approved in recent days that consignees/clearing agents can receive their goods by processing manual customs clearance documentation. Authorities are likely to accept letters of undertaking from clearing agents as regards settling any applicable duties at a later date.
Internal: Internal access within Sudan remains complex due to the war. The main highway access between Port Sudan & Khartoum is still considered too risky and no cargo traffic is moving. There is another route via Haya/Kassala/Medani to Khartoum which is considered safer, and reported to be no oppositiion check points on this routing. Citizens continuing to flee Khartoum are apparently taking this route. There is also reported to be no cargo traffic on this route. Various embassies including KSA, Turkiqye, Qatar, UAE have shifted their consulate operations from Khartoum to Port Sudan.
International: The international access from Chad side into Darfur region via Geneinah is also very risky with some very severe violence outbreaks in Darfur region. International access via Ethiopia is said to be possible for humanitarian aid via the Galabat border although there is no significant cargo flow reported.