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Egypt

Returning Citizens:

Egypt

REQUIREDDOCUMENTS

  • Sea waybill / or Original Bill of Lading and Air Way Bill with proper name of consignee (as written on passport) C/O Egyptian employer/ authority name and address
  • Passport (original) – with entry stamp date of maximum 6 months old.
  • Typed Inventory (Egyptian Customs do not accept handwritten Inventories)
  • Keys for car or any locked baggage, safes
  • Authorization letters to handle the shipment, locally issued in Egypt, and letterforms can be provided to

client.

CUSTOMS REGULATIONS

  • Egyptian Citizens have to pay full duties & taxes to import their used household goods
  • Household goods and personal effects are subject to 100% physical inspection by Egyptian customs authorities
  • Clearing time: 7-10 business days, provided full paperwork is available.
  • Consignee must be present in the country upon customs clearance of his used household goods. Attendance in person during customs inspection is not required.
  • Egyptian consignee does not require residency visa, BUT requires newly dated entry stamp of maximum 6 months old.
  • Wood packaging must be treated and stamped as per ISPM15 standards

VEHICLES

  • All motor vehicles for Egyptians are dutiable.
  • Vehicle can be used or new.
  • Consignee must be the first owner/buyer of his imported vehicle
  • Requirements are: Ownership certificate from Traffic Authority at country of origin (notarized by Egyptian Consulate/Embassy)

DUTIABLE ITEMS

  • All household shipments for Egyptian citizens are duly duty paid.
  • Updated duty & tax rates as of Jan 2009 are:
Type: value+duty Duty % of value: Taxes % of:
Vehicles: – as per CC: Duty + taxes range: 61% to 250 %. See below categories:a) less than 1000 CC: 61%b) from 1000 –to- 1599 CC: 67%

c) from 1600 –to- 1999 CC: 200%

d) from 2000 CC & over: 250%

Electronics 30 % 25 %
Furniture 30 % 10 %
Computers Free 10 %
Books 5 % Free
Consumable 30 % 10 %
Clothes (used) Free Free Free
New clothes Duty & tax range: US$ 10 – 250.00 /each piece
  • Additional info below under – “For All”

Foreign Citizens

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

  • Sea Way Bill or Original Bill of Lading and Air Way Bill with proper name of consignee (as written on passport) c/o Egyptian employer name and address.
  • Passport (original) with valid residency visa for minimum 3 months.
  • Typed Inventory (Egyptian Customs do not accept hand written inventories)
  • Keys for any automobile or any locked baggage/items
  • Authorization letters to handle the shipment – this is issued locally in Egypt and letterforms can be provided to client

CUSTOMS REGULATIONS

  • Used household goods and personal effects can be imported duty free for expatriates working within governmental or private sectors under the terms of temporary admission and subject to full exportation by providing a Ministry guarantee or bank guarantee. This is only granted if the consignee provides a WORK VISA valid for a minimum of 3 months.
  • Foreign citizen WITHOUT work visa must pay full taxes and duties in order to import used household goods and personal effects.
  • Household goods and personal effects are subject to 100% physical inspection by Egyptian customs authorities.
  • Consignee must be present in the country upon customs clearance. Attendance in person during customs inspection is NOT required.
  • Clearing time: 7-10 business days, after receipt of all shipping and personal paperwork.
  • Wood packaging must be treated and stamped as per ISPM15 standards.

VEHICLES

  • All motor vehicles are subject to duties and taxes. Vehicle must be imported the same year as purchased. Shipper must be the first buyer/owner.
  • Motor vehicles (new or used) can be imported duty free for Expatriates working within the Egyptian Government Sector, who must guarantee re-exportation of the vehicle.
  • Motor vehicles (new or used) can be imported duty free for Expatriate of non-governmental sector in one case only: if expatriate is owner or partner of a private company/project in Egypt. In this case, duty can be covered with local bank guarantee. Requirements are: proof of ownership/partnership from Egyptian Investment Authority, company commercial registration documents, and taxation documents.
  • Trip ticket system allows free import for maximum period of 6 months, provided submitting trip ticket documentation and plates. Once the 6 months are over, car must be exported for at least 6 months before shipping it back to Egypt again.
  • Authorization letter, locally issued in Egypt

DUTIABLE ITEMS

  • All consumable items (such as toiletries, food stuff, detergents, cosmetics, tissues) are dutiable, regardless of the status of the consignee & even if eligible for duty free entry.
  • Updated duty & tax rates as of Jan 2009 are:
Type: value+duty Duty % of value Taxes % of:
Vehicles: as per CC: Duty + taxes range: 61% to 250%. See below categories:
a) less than 1000 CC: 61%b) from 1000 to 1599 CC: 67%c) from 1600 to 1999 CC: 200%

d) from 2000 CC & over: 250%

Electronics 30 % 25 %
Furniture 30 % 10 %
Computers Free 10 %
Books 5 % Free
Consumable 30 % 10 %
Clothes (used) Free Free
New clothes Free Duty & tax range: US$ 10 – 250.00 /each piece.

 

  • Additional info below under – “For All”

Diplomats

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED

  • Sea Way Bill or original Bill of Lading and Air Way Bill with proper name of consignee (as written on passport) c/o Egyptian employer / authority name and address
  • Egyptian Diplomatic ID for full/1st degree Diplomats. It takes them two weeks to issue.
  • Authorization letters to handle the shipment by Diplomat’s Embassy – to be issued in Egypt
  • Clearing Letter issued by Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Egypt
  • Keys for automobile

CUSTOMS REGULATIONS

  • Wood packaging must be treated and stamped as per ISPM15 standards.
  • Used household goods and personal effects can be imported duty free for full/1st degree Diplomats
  • Consignee must be present in the country upon customs clearance. Attendance in person during customs inspection is not required.
  • Clearing time: 2-3 days (if OBL and local customs paperwork available).

VEHICLES

  • Motor vehicles can be imported duty-free for full Diplomat. Vehicle must be brand new.
  • Clearing time 6-7 days (if all OBL + customs paperwork available).
  • Clearing of vehicles takes longer than household goods
  • Highly recommended not to ship car together with household goods in one container.
  • Authorization letter, locally issued in Egypt

DUTIABLE

  • None if consignee is full diplomat.
  • If consignee is Simi-Diplomat of 2nd degree, consumable items (such as toiletries, food stuff, detergents, cosmetics, and tissues, etc) will be dutiable 40% of value.

FOR All

ANIMALS & PETS

Animals and pets can be imported into Egypt by providing:

  • Legalized health condition certificate. (legalization must be by Egyptian embassy at origin country)
  • Vaccination certificate from a registered veterinarian
  • Original passport of pet
  • Original passport of owner and work residence visa

PROHIBITED ITEMS

  • Video tapes, computer disks, cassette tapes, CD’s, DVD’s, Records, and slides are subject to censorship authority approval and are subject to confiscation in the event that they fall into the category of prohibited items listed below
  • Printers, scanners, fax machines, copiers, and satellite receivers are subject to censorship by the Ministry of Interior. They are subject to approval or refusal. The brand and model number of any such items must be included on the packing inventory. Inclusion of the owner manual for any such item will assist in clearance from the Ministry
  • Office jets/work stations are subject to approval or refusal.
  • High value works of art, including statues and paintings will be examined by a special committee for evaluation purposes. This evaluation is time consuming and costly and will delay customs clearance process
  • Foods & medicine, to be examined by health authorities.
  • What might be deemed as commercial such as large quantity of item. If included in shipment, higher duties apply and clearing process gets more complicated and costly.

ITEMS NOT ALLOWED

  • Alcoholic beverages of any kind.
  • All telephones (mobile, wireless, normal home phones)
  • Pornographic Materials
  • Drugs
  • Perishable foods
  • Firearms and weapons, ammunition, daggers and swords (even as decorative items)
  • Anti-Islamic religious materials
  • Gold and silver jewelry & ornaments (tableware permitted)
  • Bank notes & coins
  • Seeds
  • Jewelry

Important:This information is intended for general guidance. Forward Van Lines Internationalcannot take responsibility for any errors or oversights or for any loss or damage that may occur from its use. It is advisable to contact theEgyptian Embassy at http://www.egyptembassy.net/for most updated information prior to yourshipping.

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