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 was an extension to the Advance Cargo Information Declaration (ACID) Implementation date of 1st July 2021 until 1st October 2021.

The regulations are now applicable for shipments sailing from the first load port on or after 1st October 2021. ACI will be strictly required for all shipments to Egypt and carriers will be obliged by law to validate ACI related information prior to loading from the first load port.

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

  1. ACID–Advance Cargo information declaration: A 19-digit unique number
  2. Egyptian Importer VAT Number: A 9-digit number
  3. Exporter Registration Number
  4. Exporter Registration Country

Please see below guidance for providing the 4 required ACI references, depending on the channel via which Shipping Instructions are submitted:

  • New Shipping Instructions Journey on Maersk.com: References can be submitted under the Specified Shipment References, and in the “Cargo Description” section for Import Manifest submission.
    • Egyptian VAT number
    • Exporter Registration number
    • ACID Number
    • Exporter Registration Country
  • Self Service Portal on Maersk.com: References can be selected from the shipment reference drop down list, and added in the “Cargo Description” section.
  • Inttra platform: References should be added in the “Cargo Description” section.
  • EDI platforms: References should be added in the “Cargo Description” section.

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

Maersk deadlines for submitting the shipping instructions will be available on the website and booking confirmation. Cargo will be rolled if the shipping instructions with valid 4 Customs references specified above are not submitted by the deadline.

Additionally, the below scenarios cannot be accommodated due to the new ACI regulation setup - for the time being and until further notice:

  • Amendment to the Consignee /Shipper/ACID references after container loading, as per customs regulations.
  • Change of Destination (COD) to Egyptian ports; however, COD for shipments enroute to Egypt changed to any non-Egyptian port will be allowed.

If you have any questions, please contact your local Maersk representative. Information for your local offices can be found at our Maersk site.

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