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All shipments crossing international borders must be cleared through Customs in the destination country prior to being delivered to the recipient. Unless the sender specified a broker, FedEx submits shipments to Customs and other regulatory agencies. It is the sender's responsibility to provide the necessary and correct documentation. Shipments that require more than the FedEx International Air Waybill and Commercial Invoice may require more transit time. If shipments are held by Customs because of incorrect or missing documentation we may first attempt to notify the recipient.
When shipping to Egypt, clearance through Customs depends on whether you're shipping:
- Documents with no commercial value
- Dutiable goods
For shipments where clearance is required, Egyptian Customs will assess duty on the cost, insurance, and freight (CIF) value declared on the Commercial Invoice. Customs may not accept the value declared on the invoice or the FedEx International Air Waybill, and may reassess the value based on the market value.
For clearance, a written authorization and correct documentation from the consignee is required for all shipments.
Commercial shipments greater than US $1,000 in value must have a Certificate of Origin (COO) attached to the Commercial Invoice and be legalized by the country of origin's local chamber of commerce and the Egyptian Embassy or Consulate with an engraved stamp.
The consignee has to provide a Form 11, legalized with a bank stamp, for all commercial shipments (except medical shipments), with a value greater than US $1,000.
All commercial packages must have a legalized Certificate of Origin, stamped by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and a Commercial Invoice.
Temporary import is permitted. The consignee must obtain prior approval from the applicable ministry or department and deposit or obtain a bank guarantee for the amount equivalent to the value of the shipment. The invoice must show the proper identification number of the commodity and the shipment must be exported within 6 months.
Certain items are prohibited by Customs for import to Egypt. These items are in addition to items forbidden by IATA. Senders are responsible for making sure that the goods they are shipping are acceptable for shipment to Egypt.
Forbidden for Import to Egypt
- Dangerous goods as defined by IATA
- Items offensive to the Muslim culture.
Required documentation varies according to the following factors::
- If you are shipping items for personal use, a copy of the consignee's identification or passport and the original authorization letter are required.
- If you are shipping items for special use, the original letter addressed to Egyptian Customs stating the shipment is for special use, the original and/or a copy of the applicable commercial or industrial licenses, a Special Use form with the company stamp, and a Value form, legalized by the bank are required.
- If you are shipping medical supplies for commercial use, the original Medicine Political Authority approval, the Commercial Invoices approved by the Medicine Political Authority, a Value form legalized by a bank, receipts of the Customs administration charges, a Commercial Invoice stamped by a bank, and the original and/or a coy of the applicable commercial registration licenses are required.
- For other commercial use items, excluding medical supplies, a Form 11, receipts of the Customs administration charges, a Value form legalized by a bank, Commercial Invoices legalized by a bank, a legalized Certificate of Origin, original copies of the applicable commercial licenses, and an original authorization stamped by a bank are required.
- If you are shipping items for factory production requirements, a Form 11, receipts of the Customs administration charges, legalized Commercial Invoices from a bank, a Form 12 stamped by the company, the applicable industrial needs licenses or the Commercial Invoice stamped by the investment administration, and a Value form legalized by a bank are required.
Take note of the following regulations when importing to Egypt.
- The dimensional and weight maximums for import shipments:
- FedEx International Priority: 274 cm (108 in) L, 330 cm (130 in) L & G, 50 kg (110 lb)
- FedEx International Priority Freight: 302 cm (119 in) L, 762 cm (762 in) L & G, 1000 kg (2200 lb)
- An invoice is required for all shipments with a Declared value.