September 09, 2021 - Update

In accordance with the Egypt Ministry of Finance reference to Decision No. 328 of 2021 amending some provisions of Resolution No. 38 of 2021, there is an extension to the Advance Cargo Information Declaration (ACID) Implementation by three months. The regulations are now scheduled to go live from 1st October 2021 instead of earlier announced date of 1st July 2021. ACI will be strictly required for all import shipments and carriers will be obliged by law to validate ACI related information prior loading from the first load port.

Consequently, Exporters -or their agents- should provide ACI Mandatory References on the shipping instructions to Maersk as follows:

  • ACID–Advance Cargo information declaration: A 19 digit unique number
  • Egyptian Importer VAT Number: A 9 digit number
  • Exporter Registration Number
  • Exporter Registration Country

The customers using New Shipping Instructions Journey on Maersk.com can submit these references under the Specified Shipment References available and also under “Cargo Description” section for Import Manifest submission.

  • Egyptian VAT number
  • Exporter Registration number
  • ACID Number
  • Exporter Registration Country

The customers using Self Service Portal for submitting the shipping instructions on Maersk.com can select the references from shipment reference drop down list and also need to update them under “Cargo Description” section.

The Customers using Inttra platform for suibmitting the shipping instructions, can provide the references under “Cargo Description” section.

The customers using EDI for suibmitting the shipping instructions, can provide the references under “Cargo Description” section.

The shipping instructions will be rejected if any of these references are missing on the shipping instructions or invalid on Nefeza site.

In order to comply with the complete implementation of ACI, and as of 15th of September 2021, aforementioned mandatory fields will be made available for customers to fill-in while submitting Shipping Instructions no later than 36 hours prior intended vessel’s arrival (ETA) at first load port enabling Maersk to validate ACI related information latest by 24 hours prior loading as required by law. The actual deadlines for submitting the shipping instructions will be available on the website and booking confirmation template. The cargo will be rolled if the shipping instructions with valid 4 Customs references specified above are not submitted by the deadlines.

Below scenarios will be rejected due to the new ACI regulation–Setup for the time being and until further notice/update

The amendment to the Consignee /shipper/ACID references will also not be accepted as per the customs regulations after container loading.

Change of Destination (COD) to Egyptian ports will also be rejected, while the CODs of shipments enroute to Egypt to any non-Egyptian ports will be allowed.

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June 30, 2021 - Update

As per the communication received from Egypt Ministry of Finance reference to Decision No. 328 of 2021 amending some provisions of Resolution No. 38 of 2021, there is an extension to the Advance Cargo Information Declaration (ACID) Implementation by three months. The regulations are now scheduled to go live from 1st October 2021 instead of earlier announced date of 1st July 2021.

The official communication can be found out on - Egyptian Customs Authority website.

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June 01, 2021

In accordance with the new Egyptian customs law #207 that was put into effect November 2020 and its following related decrees; Advance Cargo Information (ACI) is becoming mandatory for all Egypt import shipments. Egyptian customs has announced a grace period from 1st of April 2021 till 30th of June 2021 , after which ACI will be strictly required for all import shipments and carriers will be obliged by law to validate ACI related information prior loading from the first load port.

Consequently, Exporters -or their agents- should provide ACI Mandatory References to Maersk as follows

  • ACID–Advance Cargo information declaration: A 19 digit unique number.
  • Egyptian Importer VAT Number: A 9 digit number.
  • Exporter Registration Number
  • Exporter Registration Country

In order to comply with the complete implementation of ACI, and as of 15th of June 2021, aforementioned mandatory fields will be made available for customers to fill-in while submitting Shipping Instructions no later than 36 hours prior intended vessel’s arrival (ETA) at first load port enabling Maersk to validate ACI related information latest by 24 hours prior loading as required by law. The shipping instructions will be rejected if any of these references are missing on the shipping instructions.

With the complete implementation on 1st of July 2021, Maersk will strictly refrain from loading any shipment planned to be destined to Egypt at the first load port if ACI related data will be missing or failed during validation stage.

It is also important to highlight that according to the new setup, Egyptian Importers and their Exporters should register to “CargoX” since shipments’ related commercial documents will only be transferred electronically.

The dates in this document represent the current timeframe announced by the Egyptian Customs Authority.

For more information about ACI, please visit Nafeza, the National Single Window for Egyptian Trade platform: Click here

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