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Shipper should be in Egypt before the shipment’s arrival in order to provide us with the below mentioned customs clearance documents, as we should receive same 48 hours prior the shipment’s arrival date to avoid any delays.


* Documents required for Customs Clearance:

- Original B/L.

- Passport (original) with a residential Visa.

- Power of Attorney or authorization Letters directed to Alexandria port customs authorities in Arabic language signed & authenticated from your bank in Egypt and advise us when it is done.

- Inventory (showing number of pieces, cartons and precise contents of each).

- Keys for any locked items or Vehicles.

- Delivery addresses and telephone number.

Customs Duty Paid Admission:

To be applied to all other cases including the Egyptian passport holders (Except for Foreign Diplomatic Shpts). Autos and HHG & P/E should be for personal use and not for resale.


The customs tariff & Vat as follows:

  • Kitchen ware, Toys, Shoes and Furniture: 60%+14% Vat.
  • Electric appliances: 60%+14% up to 25%Vat.
  • New clothes: 60%+14%Vat.
  • Old clothes: 0%+14%Vat
  • TV: 60%+14%+8%Vat.
  • Lights: 60%+14% Vat.

Prohibited Articles:

Firearms or ammunitions, high frequency telephones both wireless or related equipment and pornographic materials.

P.S. Alcoholic beverages are not prohibited but it is always advisable not to be included in the shipment as of the extreme duty percentage (3000 % + 100 % Sales Tax) per 1 Liter. It is also not advisable to include Jewelry.


Customs inspectors will inspect Shipments. As a result of the inspection books, magazines and other printed matter, all audio and video cassettes, CD’s and Floppy diskettes...etc. are subject to censorship. Color printers and photocopiers must be approved by Anti-Forgery dept., weight scales, Golden and Silver items by the standardization Dept., lumber products, including lift vans, are to be inspected by Agriculture Dept. Communication equipment and satellite equipment to be inspected by Communications control Dept.

Specific Information

  • All items are subject to taxes, including consumables.
  • All audio visual goods (tapes, video, books, DVD, CD ROMS, etc.) will be inspected, viewed, read by Customs and released no sooner than 3 weeks after import.
  • Packing list must be clear and legible as it will be translated into Arabic.
    • Do not indicate “miscellaneous,” “packed by owner,” or "PBO.”
  • Private owners of the goods must pay duties and taxes.
  • All shipments, from private to half-diplomatic are subject to Customs inspection.
  • Extra charges may be applied for the inspection of special items, including: alcohol, food, phones, paintings, etc.; check with agent for details.
  • Inspection fees and taxes are paid by the owner of the goods.
  • All owners of the goods not having a letter of guarantee must pay duties and taxes in cash.
  • The letter of guarantee states an amount of money corresponding to the amount of duties and taxes to be paid.
    • These funds are placed into a bank account and released to the owner of the goods when moving out of Egypt.
    • At time of move, all items must be exported, otherwise taxes and fines will be paid on each missing item.
  • The guarantee can only be obtained with a work permit and work visa.
  • Vehicles and all audio visual goods must be loaded at the door of the container.
  • The inventory must state the model, brand, size, and content (e.g., Sony 40” television) for all electrical and electronic items.
  • Instruction manuals must be attached to printers and fax machines.
  • Wooden crates in air or sea shipments must be fumigated.
  • Diplomatic organizations and some international organizations must apply for duty and tax exemptions on personal effects (approximately 7 to 21 working days).
  • Diplomats may be exempted from Customs duties and inspection provided they apply for and are granted form 4DE (protocol).

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • Original registration card
  • Original bill of lading
  • Original passport with residence / work permit

Specific Information

  • Only diplomats may import cars older than 12 months of age.
  • The temporary registration must be obtained by the owner of the goods.
  • OBL must show chassis number, engine number, cubic capacity, year of manufacture, brand, and model.
  • Owner of the goods must pay applicable fees upon delivery.
  • For non-diplomats, taxes will range from 70% to 170 % CIF value (the value is assessed by the Customs officers).


Documents Required 

  • Vaccination record
  • Veterinary health certificate

Specific Information 

  • Veterinary health certificate must be issued at point of origin no more than 2 weeks from date of issue.
  • Pets will be examined upon arrival by a doctor from the Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture.
  • Animals suspected of having rabies will be quarantined; charges will apply.
  • Live chicks are the only bird permitted for import and must meet all health requirements.

Restricted/Dutiable Items

  • Scanners, printers, phones, and faxes (agreement by Egyptian Authorities required)
  • Firearms and ammunitions (authorization from the local administration required)
  • Alcohol (free for diplomats); 3000% duty (non-diplomats)
  • Perfume for personal use
  • Tobacco

Prohibited Items

  • Wireless phones
  • Unlawful drugs and narcotics
  • Pornography
  • Cotton

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