Shipping to Egypt

Get up-to-date local information about import procedures and restrictions, demurrage and detention, container pick-ups and more.

Customs House Brokerage

Local contact options

Contact Ahmed.Habib@maersk.com to include one of our Customs House Brokerage products in your supply chain.

Our Customs Team are always happy to answer any query you may have in relation to customs clearance, one of our licenced customs brokers can be contacted on custpre@damco.com.

Core products

Import Customs Clearance Transit Documents
Standard Full Customs Declaration, paying Duty & VAT after physical inspection and GOEIC approvals, to gain release of the cargo for onward delivery. A transit document don’t allows the free movement, while it request inspection and paying L/G to customs instead of cash duties until the shipment arrives to the destination.
  • Final import customs clearance
  • Complicated customs clearance
  • General authority of import and export control
A transit document don’t allows the free movement, while it request inspection and paying L/G to customs instead of cash duties until the shipment arrives to the destination

Additional Custom House Brokerage services

  • Customs Quick Health Scan – A high level risk & control assessment of the customers business highlighting potential gaps and providing support and solutions where required.
  • Peak Volume Management Programme – Assistance with daily Customs House Brokerage activities when the customer needs it most.
  • Origin and Free Trade Agreements – Awareness & guidance on FTA’s & preferential origins.
  • Classification Management – An overview of current Classification Databases or a Full End-to-end Reclassification Programmed from our trained specialists.

  • * Costs will vary depending on the type of business, size & requirement – please refer enquiries to Maersk CHB team

    What is required to complete Customs House Brokerage?

    Signed Power of Attorney (POA)

    Not needed

    Mandatory documents required:

    • Legalized Commercial invoice(s)
    • Packing list(s)
    • COO

    EORI Number

    Not needed

    Additional documents (where applicable) *

    • Copy of the Bill of Lading
    • Licences
    • Health Certificates
    • Preference Certificates

    *Originals MUST be submitted to Maersk CHB team

    FAQs

    Q: What is the Pricing / Cost of these services?
    A:please refer enquiries to Maersk CHB team.

    Q: What can hold up my Customs Clearance?
    A:import needs the country to develop this first, but export nothing can hold us.

    Q: What is an EORI Number and how do I get one?
    A:N/A in Egypt

    Q: What is a classification number HS Code?
    A:its international one, but needs to be clearly mentioned in the commercial invoice so the customs apply same.

    Q: Why do I need to provide a classification number HS Code?
    A:to apply the correct duties otherwise customs will have to revert to their historical data!

    Q: : How will I know when my shipment has cleared customs?
    A:priniting the approved and stamped release order.

    Q: Who can I contact regarding my Customs Clearance?
    A: 
    Maersk CHB team

    Q: Who will invoice me for my Customs Clearance?
    A:Damco will invoice for CHB activities until further notice.

    Q: : I have a query regarding my Customs Clearance Invoice, who can I contact?
    A:Maersk CHB team.

    Abbreviations & Explanations

    CHB =Customs House Brokerage
    VAT = Value Added Tax
    EORI = Economic Operators’ Registration and Identification
    HTS = Harmonized Tariff Schedule
    AEO= Authorized Economic Operator
    POA = Power of Attorney
    T1= Transit Document which allows the movement of non-EU commodity between two customs offices (EU)
    T2L =Document which proofs the EU status

Import Demurrage & Detention Combined

(From Discharge date till Gate In Empty date)

Notes:

Freetime and charges per container per calendar day (including week-ends and holidays)
Discharge date and Gate in empty dates are included in the calculation.
All rates are in USD.

Dry Containers
20' 40' & 45'
Day 1 to 5 0 0
Day 6 to 14 30 50
Day 15 to 21 40 80
Day 21 onwards 70 130
Reefer Containers
20' 40' & 45'
Day 1 to 5 0 0
Day 6 to 14 50 85
Day 15 to 21 75 135
Day 21 onwards 100 175
Special Equipment Containers
20' 40' & 45'
Day 1 to 3 0 0
Day 4 onwards 75 150

Import Storage

(From Discharge date till Gate Out Full date) 

Notes: 

Freetime and charges per container per calendar day (including week-ends and holidays)
Discharge date and Gate out full dates are included in the calculation.
Storage at Port Saied West, Damietta , Sokhna is settled directly to the terminal.
For Reefer containers, below rates are combined for Storage+Reefer Power.
All rates are in USD.

Dry Containers Alexandria Port Said East
20' 40' 20' 40'
Day 1 to 7 0 0 0 0
Day 8 to 14 13 25 7 14
Day 15 to 21 16 32 13 26
Day 22 onwards 20 38 16 29
Reefer Containers Alexandria Port Said East
20' 40' 20' 40'
Day 1 to 7 32 32 22 26
Day 8 to 14 45 57 29 40
Day 15 to 21 48 64 35 52
Day 22 onwards 55 73 46 59
Special Equipment Alexandria Port Said East
20' 40' 20' 40'
Day 1 to 7 0 0 0 0
Day 8 to 14 30 60 7 14
Day 15 to 21 35 65 13 26
Day 22 onwards 40 70 16 29
IMO - Port Saied East (NO FREE TIME)
20' 40'
Day 1 to 14 10 20
Day 15 onwards 15 30

Import Storage at Depots ( Al Nubaria - Merghem ) 

Notes:

Rates are in EGP.
For Reefer containers, below rates are combined for Storage+Reefer Power. 

Dry Containers
20' 40' & 45'
Day 1 to 7 0 0
Day 8 to 14 110 150
Day 15 onwards 180 250
Reefer Containers
20' 40' & 45'
Day 1 to 7 350 350
Day 8 to 14 460 500
Day 15 onwards 580 650

Restrictions

Import service restrictions 

Commodity

  • Customs authorities in Egypt decided to ban the Following imports from Japan; food stuff, plants, Agricultural products, raw material, scrap and used auto spare & Other imports/commodities Should be subject to. Radio-active check. 
    • Radio-active check is applied for the following Commodities; 
      - “food stuff, plants, agricultural products, raw Material, scrap and used auto spare” 
      Which loaded from Country/Region   “ China-Hong Kong-Taiwan-North -Korea –South Korea  “ 
  • Cigarettes: Cigarettes bookings are not accepted to Egypt
  • Through Bills of Lading are not accepted in Egypt, All inland delivery is arranged as merchant haulage. For information about sell rates of VAS services please visit the MLOG enable LHP"
  • Consolidated cargo not accepted in EGPSD (SCCT) 
    • Used computer monitors/accessories that were produced before year 2009 will not be allowed into the country by the Egyptian customs, and the cargo will be rejected/ neglected.
    • Imo Cargo should be approved By Destination office prior loading

Weight / Measurements

  • Breakbulk is not accepted.
  • Alexandria Terminal 1 maximum crane capacity is 32 MT.  

Equipment

  • All equipment is accepted except for 45' reefer.

Bill of lading clausing

  • All inbound bills of lading should be updated with the following clause: 
    • Free Out - "All discharging costs & other costs up to / including loading empty is for account & risk of merchant"
  • In transit to Libya No acceptance of cargo "In transit to Libya" or consigned to Libyan consignees. 
    Cargo In-Transit to Libya clause is not acceptable and has been banned by the Libyan/Egyptian authorities and will be considered as act of smuggling except for cargo originating from a country with a shared border with Libya

Bill of lading General Requirements

  • All bills of lading must show consignee's full name and address including phone number and, where possible, fax number.
  • All consignments bound to Egypt must have an Egyptian recipient otherwise cargo will be subject to a customs fine of USD 250.
  • Deadline for any amendment in the bill of lading, cargo destination, cargo weight etc...is 3 days prior to vessel arrival to avoid customs fines.
  • "Full Liner Terms" is not applicable.
  • Seal Number to be mandatory element to be contained in the shipping instructions submitted information not complete or declared may result in shipping instructions being rejected and this may impact the timeline for achieving loading pre-requisites:
  • Seal number to be set mandatory to avoid the Seal mismatch and avoid delays in manifest submission.

The Mandatory Data Element are as follows:

  • Seal Number
  • Seal Type

Currency

  • Both prepaid and collect freight are acceptable in USD / EUR .

Contact us

If you want to speak to a sales person about a new shipment or if you have a question about your existing shipment, you can email us and we will respond within the next two days. If you have a more immediate question, you can search for help online.