CAIRO: Egypt's Suez Canal Authority announced Monday an all-time revenue record, earning $7 billion during the last fiscal year following a series of toll hikes for vessels transiting the vital waterway.
Between July 2021 and June 2022 -- Egypt's fiscal year -- some 1.32 billion tons of cargo were shipped through the canal, Suez Canal Authority (SCA) chief Osama Rabie said, reports AFP.
"Global crises have proven the importance of the Suez Canal to ensuring the sustainability of global supply chains," Rabie said Monday.
Connecting the Red Sea and the Mediterranean, the canal accounts for roughly 10 percent of global maritime trade.
It is also a source of much-needed foreign currency for Egypt, which is battling crippling inflation and a currency devaluation triggered by Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
The SCA has hiked passage tolls for transiting vessels, including fuel tankers, twice this year.
In April, the waterway recorded its highest-ever monthly revenue of $629 million, despite the rise in oil prices due to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
Soaring world commodity prices helped push Egyptian inflation to a three-year high of 15.3 percent in June, according to official figures.
In late March, the Central Bank of Egypt allowed the Egyptian pound to depreciate against the dollar, causing it to lose around 18 percent of its value overnight.