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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.

Procedures:

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).

Pets

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

Used Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Passport
  • Original bill of lading (OBL) / express release / air waybill (AWB) / surrender message
  • Packing list properly marked and corresponding to the OBL
  • Authorization letter from owner of the goods to port authorities
  • Duty exemption certificate from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (diplomats)
  • Commercial invoice indicating currency (commodity shipment)
  • Amount of packages (commodity shipment)
  • Insurance certificate (if applicable) (commodity shipment)
  • Legalized certificate of origin (commodity shipment)

Specific Information

  • Do not include flammable items inside the moving boxes.
  • Items contained in the shipment must be for personal use and cannot be used for commercial purposes.
  • All shipments are subject to inspection
  • New items have a 5% duty
    • Owner of the goods’ presence / authorization letter from owner of the goods is required
    • Diplomats are free from duties and physical inspection, but not scanning

    Motor Vehicles

    Documents Required

    • Proof of insurance
    • OBL
    • Commercial invoice on new vehicles
    • Certificate of ownership
    • Export certificate from country of origin
    • Car condition report
    • No objection certificate (NOC) from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (diplomats)
    • Residence permit
    • Owner of the goods’ contact details (telephone number, fax number, address and email) (non-citizens)

    Specific Information

    • Only vehicles less than 5 years are allowed to be imported, unless a classic / vintage, which requires prior permission before the shipment arrives in Bahrain.
    • Valid insurance is required for the registration of the car.
    • The owner of the goods must arrange to obtain the Central Population Registration (CPR) card through the employer’s Human Resources department; once the CPR is obtained, the owner of the goods may obtain a temporary license plate.
    • Customs duties are approximately 5%.
    • Vehicles should not be shipped with a full gasoline tank.
    • The owner of the goods should obtain vehicle insurance directly from an insurance company.
    • Left hand drive vehicles only & GCC specification.

Pets

Documents Required

  • Vaccination record
  • Veterinary health certificate
  • Import permit
  • Copy of air waybill (AWB) 

Specific Information

  • Pets may only be transported as cargo; however, assistive animals may be able to travel in the aircraft cabin:
    • Contact agent for specific information.
  • The import permit must be obtained prior to travel from the Veterinary Quarantine Department in Bahrain.
  • The veterinary health certificate must state that the animal is free from disease and is fully vaccinated.
  • Import license to be obtained prior to booking pets.
  • Quarantine for a month (owner of the goods must provide feeding arrangements).

Restricted/Dutiable Items

  • Firearms (an import permit and permission from the Ministry of the Interior and Civil Aviation Affairs of Bahrain is required).
  • Videotapes (subject to inspection and hold by Ministry officials and released approximately 2-3 weeks after inspection) (non-citizens)
  • CDs, VCDs, books (only large quantities)
  • Personal computers (subject to inspection and hold by the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications prior to shipment arrival) (non-citizens)
  • Pianos / musical instruments
  • Foodstuffs
  • Wines, spirits, and alcohol are subject to duty at Customs discretion (diplomats).
    • Medicines are subject to prescription by a doctor (in English or Arabic) (diplomats)
    • Commodity shipments are subject to 5% Customs duty
    • Alcoholic beverages

    Prohibited Items

    • Narcotics and drugs
    • Ivory
    • Pornographic materials
    • Swords
    • Knives, daggers (ornamental, etc.)
    • Wireless equipment
    • Satellite, receivers, cordless telephones, walkie-talkies
    • Guns, arrows, darts
    • Military clothes
    • Gambling games

Used Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Copy of passport showing photograph and signature
  • Original bill of lading (OBL)  / express release / air waybill (AWB) / Convention Relative Au Contract de Transport International de Marchandises Par Route (CMR)
  • Certificate of residence (Model 2)
  • Certificate for free entry (diplomats)
  • Letter of employment
  • Packing list

Specific Information

  • Certificate of residence (Model 2) issued by local Belgian town hall of the city of residence.
  • Letter of employment from the origin country or destination country stating that the owner of the goods has been employed outside the European Union for a period of at least 12 months.
    • If possible, the letter of employment from the origin country should include the beginning and ending dates of employment and beginning date of employment in Belgium.
  • Any other official documents from the embassy or the Consulate at origin stating that the owner of the goods has lived outside Belgium for the past 12 months should be included.

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • Original registration card
  • Certificate of insurance from origin country
  • Copy of purchase invoice / sales contract / good faith declaration 

Specific Information

  • Purchase invoice / sales contract / good faith declaration from the owner of the goods must state that the vehicle has been in the owner of the goods’ possession for more than 6 months, the approximate current value and that the vehicle is not for resale.
  • Certificate of insurance from origin country must provide for coverage of over 6 months from date of departure of the vehicle.
  • Vehicle must be CE compliant or possible to be adapted to CE norms.
  • All documents for HHG must also be provided for vehicle shipments.

Pets

Documents Required

  • Vaccination record
  • Veterinary health certificate

Specific Information

  • Pets must be identifiable (tattoo or an electronic identification system) and vaccinated against rabies.

Restricted/Dutiable Items

  • Food
  • Ivory (CITES)
  • Stuffed animals / animal skins
  • Untreated wood
  • Plants
  • Alcohol (authorization from the territorial administration is required)
  • Tobacco and tobacco products
  • Coats, fur, and leather shoes made from protected animals (authorization from the territorial administration is required)

Prohibited Items

  • Firearms and ammunitions
  • Illegal drugs

Used Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Copy of passport, notarized by notary public in Croatia
  • Copy of visa / extended stay permit / work permit / proof of residence
  • Copy of lease / purchase contract
  • Detailed, valued inventory, signed by the owner of the goods (Croatian and English) (2 copies)
  • Original bill of lading (OBL) / air waybill (AWB)
  • Power of attorney (foreigners)
  • Statement from Croatian embassy at origin (returning citizens)
  • Employment contract or company registration documents (self-employed)
  • EORI number (returning citizens)
  • Croatian ID card (returning citizens)
  • Original letter of protocol  (diplomats)
  • Copy of diplomatic passport (diplomats)

Specific Information

  • Owner of the goods must arrive prior to shipment.
  • Duties and taxes of approximately 35-45% of the total value apply if the owner of the goods does not qualify for duty and tax free import.
  • Diplomats can import household goods duty and tax free with following documentation:
    • Detailed packing list
    • Copy of owner of the goods’ passport
    • Diplomatic protocol from the Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    • EORI number
  • Detailed, valued inventory should list all used items.
    • They must have been owned by the owner of the goods for a minimum of 6 months prior to import into Croatia.
  • Statement from Croatian embassy at origin must show that the owner of the goods has lived abroad for more than 12 months (returning citizens).

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • Original vehicle documentation (title / registration) (in English and Croatian)
  • Invoice or pro-forma invoice with the vehicle value
  • Technical data (chassis number, weight, power, etc.)
  • Green card
  • Driver’s license
  • Proof of ownership by owner of the goods for at least 6 months
  • Diplomatic protocol, if applicable
  • Letter of Indemnity (LOI) 
    • The owner of the vehcile as stated on the vehicle documents must provide a signed statement confirming that the fuel tank of the vehicle is empty and that the battery has been disconnected.
  • Specific Information

    • An owner of the goods with a temporary stay permit or who have a permanent residence in Croatia may import used vehicles for a period of 12 months from the date following its import.
    • New cars can be registered to persons having a Croatian residence permit.
    • Car must not be older than 7 years old for import into Croatia.
    • Vehicles can only be imported duty / tax free with a diplomatic protocol issued by the Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
      • Without protocol, temporary import is possible but a fee will be charged.
      • Temporary import  is possible without Customs clearance if the vehicle will stay in Croatia for no more than 6 months
      • After 6 months of using the vehicle in Croatia, the vehicle must be exported and will not be allowed back into Croatia until a total of 12 months from original imported date.

Pets

Documents Required

  • Veterinary health certificate
  • Vaccination record
  • Pet passport
  • Microchip / tattoo number
  • Pro-forma invoice
  • Copy of owner of the goods’ passport
  • RNATT test, if applicable
  • Import permit, if applicable

Specific Information

  • All species of animals (dogs, cats, birds, etc.) must enter across specific borders where health control inspections are performed.
  • Pets may be imported temporarily in some cases.
  • Import permit from Croatian Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Rural Development if needed – not required for dogs and cats, but is required for some birds (i.e., parrots).
  • Veterinary health certificate must be issued by government vet at origin no more than 10 days prior to arrival.
  • Rabies antibody neutralizing test (RNATT) may be required for pets originating from certain countries.
    • Contact destination agent for more information. 

Restricted/Dutiable Items

  • All weapons and ammunition (permit required and must be reported to the police upon entry)
  • The following items may be brought in duty and tax free within the limits indicated:
    • Cigarettes (200), cigars (50), cigarillos (100), tobacco (250 g)
    • Spirits (1 L), wine (2 L), liqueur (2 L)
    • Cologne (250 L), perfume (50g)
    • National currency (15,000 HRK)

Prohibited Items

  • Firearms and ammunition
  • Stuffed animals
  • Alcohol, wine, & spirits
  • Tobacco
  • Narcotics

Used Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Original passport
  • Original T2L (page 4) signed by Customs at origin (shipments from European Union (EU) countries, including diplomats)
  • Packing list
  • Original bill of lading (OBL) / express waybill / air waybill (AWB) (must show C status for EU countries)
  • Sale agreement / termination of rental agreement in origin country (non-EU countries) 
  • Copy of ticket / boarding pass of flight to Cyprus (non-EU countries)
  • Utility bills (non-EU countries)
  • Exemption form from the local embassy (diplomats from non-EU countries)
  • Form 1002 signed and stamped by the local embassy
  • Letter of employment (non-EU countries) (diplomats from non-EU countries)
  • Registration of your children at local schools (non-EU countries)
  • Bank statement confirming you have any funds in Cyprus (non-EU countries)

Specific Information

  • All shipments arriving from non-EU member countries are inspected. 
    • Less-than-container load (LCL) shipments and air shipments are inspected at the port/airport. 
    • Full container load (FCL) shipments are inspected at the residence by Customs officers.
  • New items arriving from non-EU member countries are dutiable. 
    • All items owned and used for less than 6 months are considered new. 
    • This period excludes the shipping time to Cyprus. 
    • Customers must declare new items to Customs; otherwise, penalties, duties and taxes will be charged.
  • The pre-alert must be sent at least 48 hours before the arrival of shipment at Larnaca (air shipments from EU member countries).
  • A wharfage charge is a Port Authority charge based on the weight of the shipment on all import and export shipments and is even charged on diplomatic shipments.  
  • Wharfage charges for household goods and personal effects are approximately:
    • EUR 110-150 for a 20’ container
      • EUR 130-200 for a 40’ container
      • EUR 50-100 for LCL shipments 
    • All customers pay a wharfage charge regardless of their status.
    • All solid wood packing materials used as overcasing, bracing, or blocking must conform to EU Commission Directive 2004/102/EC (ISPM15) and be appropriately and clearly marked with IPPC symbol, registration and treatment codes.
    • Returning students bringing used household goods and personal effects from non-EU member countries must pay duties and VAT ranging from approximately 18-33% on the current value declared to Customs. 
      • Duties depend on the items being imported.
    • Any appliances that do not have the CE markings on them should not be shipped to Cyprus as the Customs officials in the Republic of Cyprus may confiscate them, should they be found.  Also note that all shipments from NON- EU origin countries are physically inspected by the customs.


    Motor Vehicles

    Documents Required

    • Copy of passport
    • OBL / express waybill / C status AWB
    • Packing list
    • Exemption certificate from the local embassy (diplomats)
    • Form 1002 stamped and signed by the local embassy (diplomats)
    • Original registration  (owner of the goods must attend LIMASSOL Customs if shipping a car, bike, or boat) (diplomats) 
    • Sale agreement / termination of rental agreement in origin country (non-EU countries) 
    • Letter of employment
    • Registration of your children at local schools
    • Bank statement confirming the owner of the goods has an account in Cyprus
      • Proof of insurance for the 6 months prior to entry may be required 

      Specific Information

      • An owner of the goods from a non-EU country can import one car duty free under the following conditions:
        • It is already registered in his/her name and used for more than 6 months
        • The mileage is more than 6,000 kms
        • The owner of the goods lived abroad for a continuous period of 12 months prior to transfer of normal residence
        • The car must be imported within 6 months from owner of the goods’ transfer of primary residence to Cyprus
        • The owner of the goods must prove relocation to Cyprus permanently
        • The owner of the goods must pay value added tax (VAT), which is approximately 18% on the current value assessed by the Customs
      • Upon arrival, the owner of the goods must apply to the Immigration office for permanent residency.
      • The car will first be released to the owner of the goods as a “visitor” and will receive a temporary importation license (form C104); extensions may be granted if application is made prior to the expiration date.
      • For an owner of the goods from an EU country, VAT and excise duties are not payable provided the owner of the goods meets the criteria required for the import of a motor vehicle from a non-EU country. 
        • If the owner of the goods does not meet the criteria, the payment of excise duties is required. 
        • VAT will only be waived if the car is more than 6 months old and the mileage is more than 6000 kms.  
      • An owner of the goods from an EU country can import:
        • If less than 599 cc, then no duties or taxes are paid provided age of motor bike is more than 6 months and the mileage is more than 6000 kms (non-EU origin)
        • If over 599 cc, the same rules and regulations for other motor vehicles apply (non-EU origin)
        • An owner of the goods can only import motor vehicles / bikes free of duties and taxes if registered in their own name.
        •  An owner of the goods from a non-EU country can import a motor bike if less than 599 cc duty free;
          • However, if the owner does not meet all of the criteria (see regulations for other motor vehicles, then the duties of approximately 6-8% plus VAT (approximately 15%) must be paid on the total amount (duty and VAT);
          • If the motor bike is more than 499 cc, then the regulations for other motor vehicles apply.

Pets

Documents Required

  • Vaccination record
  • Veterinary health certificate

Specific Information

  • Pets must be identifiable through tattoo or an electronic identification system.

Restricted/Dutiable Items

  • Leather and fur coats/shoes (authorization is required)
  • Medication (for personal use only)
  • Alcoholic beverages may be included in FCL containers as follows:
    • Up to 12 sealed bottles are acceptable
    • Up to 20 open bottles are acceptable 

Prohibited Items

  • Drugs and narcotics
  • Pornographic material

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