Egypt has made mandatory Advanced Cargo Information (ACI) declarations from October 1st 2021. This is a pre-registration system for shipments before their arrival at Egyptian ports. To enable goods to be released on arrival in Egypt without delay.
Update: Date of mandatory change from July 1st to October 1st: https://www.nafeza.gov.eg/en/site/aci-trial-extension.
Exporters to Egypt must now register to use the blockchain document transfer platform “Cargo X” which links to the NAFEZA system (below) to comply with new processes from 1st October to cross the Egyptian customs border.
Pre-shipment the registered importer to confirm Advanced Cargo Information Declaration (ACID) number to be included on all shipment documentation to be uploaded to the “CargoX” system that interfaces with NAFEZA. Documentation should also include the importer and exporters NAFEZA number.
Exporters to Egypt may need to provide a draft transport document, i.e. bill of lading, air waybill, railroad waybill, or something similar, like an itemized commercial invoice or itemized packing list, for ACI.
Without the ACID number, goods will be rejected and returned from the ports without discharge. Note from the Egyptian Embassy in London:
“The implementation of the system began from April 1, with the actual implementation of the system binding as of October 1st, 2021, and since the aforementioned system aims to assess and identify risk elements prior to shipment to Egypt, depending on the initial data of the shipment (data of the source, importer, item. … etc.), you will need to notify the system to inform members 48 hours prior to shipment.”
ACI filing price will cost US $50.
For more information, please visit the following website: https://www.nafeza.gov.eg/en