Guide to Sending Parcels to Egypt

The ancient land of Egypt - one of the recognised cradles of civilisation - has some of the world's best known man-made structures.

  • Pyramids of Giza
  • The Great Sphinx
  • Luxor
  • Valley of the Kings
  • King Tutankhamun's Tomb

Egypt's old self has transformed into a young nation - 60% of the population below the age of 30. And they are tech savvy and bursting to buy stuff with their modern smartphones.

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Easy Tracking Information

Shipments through Secureship come with full, easy to read tracking information to Egypt

Full tracking information for parcels to Egypt is available with Secureship
Tracking #:780123123123
Tel: 1-800-463-3339
Signed By: Pikwalia @ Residence
Dec 2, 2020
8:49 am
Hurghada, HU, EG
Delivered
Dec 1, 2020
7:18 am
Port Said, PS, EG
In transit
Nov 30, 2020
9:03 pm
Ismailia, IS, EG
International Clearance
Nov 30, 2020
8:14 am
Cairo, CA, EG
In transit
Nov 30, 2020
12:17 am
Toronto, ON, CA
In transit
Nov 29, 2020
4:30 pm
Ottawa, ON, CA
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Disclaimer!

While we have made every effort to ensure that the information on this page is accurate, Customs laws and procedures change regularly so it is important to consult a licensed broker in Egypt before shipping any goods.

Types of Shipments

Not all types of shipments are created equal. Shipping a television will require different paperwork, duties, and taxes than shipping an accounting statement, for example.
Shipping Documents Only Image to Egypt

Documents Only

Documents may be shipped to Egypt from Canada if they have no commercial value, i.e. they are not for sale.

Typical examples of documents include:

  • Advertising literature, brochures, and pamphlets
  • Annual reports
  • Bids and proposals
  • Blueprints and drawings
  • Business cards
  • Cash letters and cheques
  • Catalogues and price lists
  • Credit cards
  • Computer print-outs
  • Driver's licence
  • Examination papers
  • Graphs
  • Greeting cards and invitations
  • Manuscripts
  • Maps and charts
  • Magazines, newspapers, periodicals, and publications
  • Photographs
  • Seismic data
  • Sepia drawings
  • Specifications sheets
  • Traveller's cheques
  • Visa applications

The following may be sent as document shipments if they abide by the conditions listed.

Item Restriction
Airline tickets Only if validated
Diplomas Only if sent in an envelope
Educational books If used in schools and universities for educational purposes
Envelopes Must be blank
Event tickets (stage and concert performances, soccer/football matches) Shipment weight no more than 1 kg Must not be tickets shipped from a printing company to a ticket sales office or an event organiser
Forms Must be blank
Intercompany mail Only if it has no commercial value
Manuals Only if they are of a technical nature
Newsletters Must be for internal company use
Passports Owner of the passport must meet the Egyptian Police Department in person and the recipient's ID accompanies the shipment
Stationery Only if blank

Sources:
https://www.ups.com/ga/CountryRegs?loc=en_US

Shipping Gifts to Egypt

Shipping Gifts

All gift shipments from Canada to Egypt will incur duties and taxes. There are no tax exemptions.

Shipments from Individual-to-Individual

A gift shipment from an individual in Canada to an individual in Egypt will incur duties and taxes.

Shipments from Business-to-Business

A gift shipment from a business in Canada to a business in Egypt will incur duties and taxes.

Shipments from Business-to-Individual

A gift shipment from a business in Canada to an individual in Egypt will incur duties and taxes.


Gift Checklist
  • A commercial invoice must be included with your shipment
  • The words 'Gift Shipment' or 'Unsolicited Gift' are included on the commercial invoice, even if the shipment is sent at Christmas time (see sample)
  • List the items in the parcel and write the value of each
  • Sending more than one gift in the parcel? Wrap and tag each one individually.

Sample Commercial Invoice for Gifts

Ship To Invoice
Naguib Mahfouz
10 Abbas El-Akkad st, Nasr City
Cairo Governorate, 11471
Egypt

Phone: +20 2 250 61620
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Personal Shipment / Gift Shipment

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 29 Nov 2020
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Gift Shipment: LEGO Star Wars Rebel UWing Fighter, 659 piece set

CA $79.99
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Gifts
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $79.99
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge


Multiple Gifts in One Shipment

Gift shipments from Canada to Egypt will incur duties and taxes.

Sample Commercial Invoice for Gifts

Ship To Invoice
Naguib Mahfouz
10 Abbas El-Akkad st, Nasr City
Cairo Governorate, 11471
Egypt

Phone: +20 2 250 61620
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Unsolicited Gift: Consolidated Gift Package

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 29 Nov 2020
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Gift - Roger: LEGO Star Wars Rebel UWing Fighter, 659 piece set

CA $39.99
1 Each Gift - Erica: Handwoven French Canadian Catalogne Blanket

CA $49.99
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Gifts
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $89.98
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge

Sources:
https://www.ups.com/ga/CountryRegs?loc=en_US


Shipping personal effects/belongings to Egypt

Shipping Personal Effects

Personal effects may be shipped from Canada to Egypt providing:

  • They are of a quantity appropriate for the size of the household
  • Are for use only by the person or his or her family
  • They are not sold or released into general circulation

Personal goods and effects exempt from duties include:

  • Jewellery
  • Laptop computers
  • Electronic equipment

Certain goods within a shipment are restricted or will incur duties, such as:

  • Alcohol - duty of up to 3,000%
  • Tobacco and perfume
  • Scanners, printers, phones, and faxes require permission from Egyptian authorities

NOTE: All audio-visual items - DVDs, CD ROMs, videos, tapes - will be viewed and inspected by Customs.


Moving Temporarily

Students

There is no information at this time regarding students shipping personal effects from Canada to Egypt.

Non-Students

If you are moving temporarily to Egypt, you will be required to deposit an amount corresponding to the duties and taxes owing on your personal effects.

A letter of guarantee is required - provided only with a work permit or visa - that states the amount of duties and taxes owing.

The deposit will be returned when you leave Egypt. Items not returning to Canada will incur duties and taxes.

Moving Permanently

There is no information at this time regarding moving to Egypt and shipping personal effects from Canada.


Personal Effects Checklist
  • A commercial invoice must be included with your shipment
  • Commercial invoice must clearly state 'Personal Effects' see sample
  • A clearly written and detailed description of each item is provided, including monetary value, dated, and signed in English
  • A letter of guarantee with a work permit or visa

Sources:
https://www.export.gov/apex/article2?id=Egypt-Business-Travel
https://www.iamovers.org/ResourcesPublications/CountryGuides.aspx?ItemNumber=3630
http://www.unesco.org/culture/pdf/anti-piracy/Egypt/Eg_ExeRegulationIPCustoms_en.pdf

Sample Commercial Invoice for Personal Effects

Ship To Invoice
Naguib Mahfouz
10 Abbas El-Akkad st, Nasr City
Cairo Governorate, 11471
Egypt

Phone: +20 2 250 61620
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Personal effects being delivered to my new address.

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 29 Nov 2020
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
5 Pairs Personal Effects: 5 pairs of various types of shoes

IN $40.00
1 Each Personal Effects: Arc'terix Winter Jacket

CA $478.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Personal Effects
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $678.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Shipping Food, Chocolate, Candies to Egypt

Food, Chocolate, Candies

No information regarding shipping foodstuffs to Egypt is available at this time.

Food, Chocolate, Candies Checklist
  • Clearly indicate 'Food' on the commercial invoice in the General Description or Remarks section (see sample)
  • Ensure that your food, chocolate, or candies may be imported into the country
  • You are not shipping commercial quantities (for any duty & tax exemption)
  • Check with your carrier that they will accept food shipments

Sample Commercial Invoice for Food, Chocolate, Candies

Ship To Invoice
Naguib Mahfouz
10 Abbas El-Akkad st, Nasr City
Cairo Governorate, 11471
Egypt

Phone: +20 2 250 61620
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Food Shipment - Assorted chocolate bars in their original manufacturer's packaging

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 29 Nov 2020
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Box Nestle Chocolate Bars in original packaging expiring May 2021 (shelf life of 6 months or longer)

CA $20.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Permanent / Sold
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $20.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Shipping Promotional Material to Egypt

Samples

Samples are shipped to exhibit and promote products and are admitted to Egypt duty free.

The conditions for importing duty-free samples include:

  • The value of the sample is EGP 500 (about $45 CAD) or less
  • Samples have been rendered unsellable

Do not include:

  • Clothing apparel
  • Food supplements and vitamins
  • Medical equipment - either used or refurbished
Commercial Sample Checklist
  • A Commercial Invoice must be included with your shipment
  • Clearly indicate 'Commercial Samples' on the commercial invoice in the General Description & Detailed Description of Goods (see sample)
  • The item shipped has tearing, perforation, slashing, defacing, or has permanent marking clearing indicating the item as commercial sample

Sources:
http://www.unesco.org/culture/pdf/anti-piracy/Egypt/Eg_ExeRegulationIPCustoms_en.pdf
https://santandertrade.com/en/portal/international-shipments/egypt/customs-procedures
https://www.export.gov/apex/article2?id=Egypt-Temporary-Entry

Sample Commercial Invoice for Commercial Sample

Ship To Invoice
Naguib Mahfouz
10 Abbas El-Akkad st, Nasr City
Cairo Governorate, 11471
Egypt

Phone: +20 2 250 61620
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Commercial Sample - Not for Resale

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 29 Nov 2020
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Box Commercial Sample - Advanced reading copy of Dan Brown's novel.

CA $20.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Commercial Sample
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $20.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Sending Promotional material to Egypt

Advertising Material

Advertising material in small quantities may be shipped duty free to Egypt from Canada.

Advertising material is sent to promote product sales and for display at trade fairs and exhibitions. They may include items such as:

  • Catalogues
  • Posters
  • Films

Advertising materials must follow the conditions below:

  • A refundable deposit is paid to cover duties and taxes
  • The material displays the name of the corporation or identifies the event or exhibition
  • Are not prohibited goods
  • Items should arrive 10 days before the start of an exhibition

Advertising Material Checklist
  • Commercial invoice must clearly indicate 'Promotional Material - Not for Resale' (see sample)
  • A detailed description of each item is provided
  • A commercial invoice must be included with your shipment

Sources:
http://www.unesco.org/culture/pdf/anti-piracy/Egypt/Eg_ExeRegulationIPCustoms_en.pdf
https://www.aramex.com/pt/en/support/customs-clearance/country-search-results?country=EG#T1
https://www.export.gov/apex/article2?id=Egypt-Temporary-Entry
https://docsonline.wto.org/dol2fe/Pages/FE_Search/FE_S_S009-DP.aspx?language=E&CatalogueIdList=241586,60725,109628,25590&CurrentCatalogueIdIndex=0&FullTextHash=&HasEnglishRecord=True&HasFrenchRecord=True&HasSpanishRecord=True

Sample Commercial Invoice for Promotional Material

Ship To Invoice
Naguib Mahfouz
10 Abbas El-Akkad st, Nasr City
Cairo Governorate, 11471
Egypt

Phone: +20 2 250 61620
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Promotional Material - Not for Resale

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 29 Nov 2020
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Promotional Material: Not for Resale. Product pamphlets to hand out at trade show.

CA $163.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Promotional Material
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $163.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge

Have your goods warranty repaired in Egypt

Repairs

Equipment sent to Egypt from Canada for maintenance and repair are exempt from duties and taxes. This includes parts shipped to Egypt to repair a piece of equipment.

NOTE:
A refundable deposit in the amount of duties and assessed taxes owing is required

Items Under Warranty

No GST will be charged for equipment and items under warranty that are repaired in Egypt and returned to Canada.

Items No Longer Under Warranty

GST will be charged if an item is sent to Egypt for repairs and is no longer under warranty. GST will be applied to the value of the repair work plus any parts added for the repair, and on any duties charged.

Sending Product for Repair to Egypt

Equipment sent to Egypt from Canada for maintenance and repair are exempt* from duties and taxes. This includes parts shipped to Egypt to repair a piece of equipment.

*A refundable deposit in the amount of duties and assessed taxes owing is required

Returning Repaired Product to Egypt

If a piece of equipment has been repaired in Canada, upon its re-entry into Egypt it will incur customs duties of 12% based on the repair costs, insurance, and freight expenses.

Repair Checklist
  • Commercial invoice must clearly indicate 'REPAIR & RETURN' under the General Description or Remarks, and include the estimated time of return (see sample)
  • Include repair contract with shipment
  • Serial or product number and the cost of repairs should be indicated under the Detailed Description of Goods section
  • Include the original shipping documents or tracking number from when the item was first exported to Egypt or exported to Canada (depending on which case applies)
  • A commercial invoice must be included with your shipment

Sources:
https://docsonline.wto.org/dol2fe/Pages/FE_Search/FE_S_S009-DP.aspx?language=E&CatalogueIdList=241586,60725,109628,25590&CurrentCatalogueIdIndex=0&FullTextHash=&HasEnglishRecord=True&HasFrenchRecord=True&HasSpanishRecord=True
https://www.amcham.org.eg/information-resources/trade-resources/doing-business-in-egypt/laws-regulations#business-law-9
https://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/regulations/sor-91-31/page-1.html#h-934277
https://www.aramex.com/pt/en/support/customs-clearance/country-search-results?country=EG#T1

Sample Commercial Invoice for Warranty Repair

Ship To Invoice
Naguib Mahfouz
10 Abbas El-Akkad st, Nasr City
Cairo Governorate, 11471
Egypt

Phone: +20 2 250 61620
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Repair and Return - Watch being sent for repair

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 29 Nov 2020
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Fossil Watch being sent for repair - Model E5, serial # 789456FG7E2 - Repair Cost $76.00

US $163.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Warranty Repair
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $163.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Temporary Imports / Exports for shipments to Egypt

Temporary Imports

Goods may be shipped to Egypt from Canada as a temporary import exempt from duties and taxes. Temporary imports are sent to promote product sales and for display at trade fairs and exhibitions.

Items must follow the conditions below:

  • A refundable deposit is paid to cover duties and taxes
  • The material displays the name of the corporation or the event or exhibition
  • Are not prohibited goods
  • Items should arrive 10 days before the start of an exhibition

ATA Carnets

Egypt does not accept ATA carnets for temporary imports. However, an ATA carnet may facilitate the return of temporary imports to Canada.

Option # Temporary Import Method Risk of paying
1 Commercial Invoice Only (no other documentation is provided) High - if broker cannot clear goods temporarily
2 Commercial Invoice
+
ATA Carnet
Very Low to Canada / High to Egypt


1. Complete a Commercial Invoice (CI) only


This is the simplest and quickest option. See example.

NOTE: You should be aware that shipping using this method doesn't guarantee that your items will be imported duty/tax free. Not all brokers will clear goods as temporary imports (i.e. UPS, FedEx, DHL) nor is it a guarantee that customs won't charge any duties and taxes.



2. Commercial Invoice (CI) + an ATA Carnet

Completing an ATA Carnet is great option for items that frequently travel in and out of the country. It's also great because once you have an ATA Carnet, it is accepted by 176 countries worldwide making the application process a one-time thing.

In addition to declaring your commercial invoice as a temporary import, you can get an ATA Carnet for the items that are of temporary nature.

ATA Carnets are beyond the scope of the article however, you can find more information here: http://www.chamber.ca/carnet/

NOTE: It is highly recommended to get an ATA Carnet for items that frequently travel in and out of the country and especially so when it is valued over $2,500 USD


Temporary Imports Checklist
  • Commercial Invoice clearly stating 'Temporary Import'. This must be written in the General Description section and the Detailed Description of Goods. (see sample)
  • The goods arrive and leave in the same condition, i.e. they undergo no repairs nor are they used in manufacturing
  • Stay no longer than the period listed above
  • Include your ATA Carnet with your shipment (if applicable)
  • Include the expected return date or the date that it was originally received within the country (whichever applies)
  • A commercial invoice must be included with your shipment
  • Any above listed items not listed in this checklist

Sources:
https://www.atacarnet.com/carnet-countries
https://www.export.gov/apex/article2?id=Egypt-Temporary-Entry

 

Sample Commercial Invoice for Temporary Imports

Ship To Invoice
Naguib Mahfouz
10 Abbas El-Akkad st, Nasr City
Cairo Governorate, 11471
Egypt

Phone: +20 2 250 61620
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Temporary Imports - Trade show booth and display equipment returning Jan 2020

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 29 Nov 2020
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 box Temporary Imports - Trade show booth and display equipment

CA $1032.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Temporary Imports
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $1032.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Permanent Goods / Sold To an individual or business within Egypt

Permanent/Sold Goods

All sold goods shipped to Egypt, regardless of value, must clear customs and will incur duties and taxes.

Occasional Shipper

Even occasional shipments of sold goods, for e.g. internet sales or eBay, will incur duties and taxes. There are no exemptions.

Regular Shipper

If you regularly ship sold goods to Egypt, we recommend consulting an Egyptian customs broker.

Sources:
https://oxfordbusinessgroup.com/overview/marginal-gains-summary-current-tax-laws-and-regulations
https://docsonline.wto.org/dol2fe/Pages/FE_Search/FE_S_S009-DP.aspx?language=E&CatalogueIdList=241586,60725,109628,25590&CurrentCatalogueIdIndex=0&FullTextHash=&HasEnglishRecord=True&HasFrenchRecord=True&HasSpanishRecord=True
http://www.mof.gov.eg/MOFGallerySource/English/SME/Research_studies/21/21-5.pdf

Sample Commercial Invoice for Permanent/Sold Goods

Ship To Invoice
Naguib Mahfouz
10 Abbas El-Akkad st, Nasr City
Cairo Governorate, 11471
Egypt

Phone: +20 2 250 61620
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Permanent/Sold: Parts and accessories for Canon B78n camera

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 29 Nov 2020
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
15 Each Camera Lenses: Canon EF 50mm, Canon EF 85mm & wide-angle lenses.

CA $132.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Permanent/Sold
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $1980.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge

Required Documents


Shipping packages internationally requires a lot of documentation. This process alone can be confusing and time consuming. So we’ve narrowed down what documents you might need and ranked them based on likeliness of being needed.

Document Type When? Details
Shipping Label / Bill of Lading Always required This is a label provided by the carrier (UPS, FedEx, DHL, etc.). Always required because the carrier needs to know the parcel’s destination.
Commercial Invoice Required for all non-document shipments
For all non-document shipments, you will require 3 copies of the commercial invoice (to be included with your shipping labels - These are for customs purposes and need to be included inside a document pouch outside of the box.

When creating a shipment through the Secureship website, the system will help you create this document automatically.

B13a Required if value exceeds $2,000 per shipment or is a controlled good
A B13a is required if your shipment exceeds $2000 CAD or is a controlled good

Learn more about the B13a form here.
Certificate of Origin (COO) Infrequently required

Allows a reduced or zero-rated import duty.
Canada has a preferential trade agreement with Egypt. A COO proves that an item has been produced, manufactured or processed in Canada.

When an item with a COO is imported into Egypt, it will incur a reduced or zero-rated import duty.
Certificate of Insurance (COI) Infrequently required

Shows that the shipment has been insured.
Banks may request a certificate of insurance when providing letters of credit for the goods. Otherwise, it is generally your choice whether to purchase insurance for the shipment.
ATA Carnet Infrequently required

Used to avoid duties and taxes on shipments of temporary nature.
If you ship goods of temporary nature to and from a country, you can obtain an ATA Carnet to expedite the customs clearance process and ensure that anything of temporary nature is not charged duties and taxes.

See temporary import section
Packaging List Infrequently required Required if value exceeds $2,000 per shipment or is a controlled good.
Packing list Infrequently required

No specific form is required, but generally includes information regarding:

  • The exporter, importer and transport company
  • Date of issue
  • Number of freight invoice
  • Type and number of packages
  • Contents of each package
  • Marks and numbers
  • Net weight, gross weight and measurements of each package

Prohibited & Restricted Imports


Prohibited goods are not allowed entry into Egypt, while restricted goods may enter but must abide to quantity limitations or other rules.

Prohibited Items

  • Goods bearing images or symbols offensive to religious beliefs
  • Firearms, swords, and knives
  • Toy guns and rifles that shoot projectiles
  • Narcotics
  • Pornography
  • Vitamins and food supplements
  • Tuna containing genetically treated oil
  • Rings, bracelets, and pendants that claim to organise body energy, remove joint and muscle pain, help sleep, or protect against mobile telephone signals
  • High frequency telephones - wireless or related equipment
https://docsonline.wto.org/dol2fe/Pages/FE_Search/FE_S_S009-DP.aspx?language=E&CatalogueIdList=241586,60725,109628,25590&CurrentCatalogueIdIndex=0&FullTextHash=&HasEnglishRecord=True&HasFrenchRecord=True&HasSpanishRecord=True

Restricted Goods

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tobacco products
  • Telecommunications equipment
  • Works of art and antiques
  • Computers and accessories

Sources:
http://intermoveegypt.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Egypt-Customs-Regulations-2015.pdf
https://www.iatatravelcentre.com/EG-egypt-customs-currency-airport-tax-regulations-details.htm
https://docsonline.wto.org/dol2fe/Pages/FE_Search/FE_S_S009-DP.aspx?language=E&CatalogueIdList=241586,60725,109628,25590&CurrentCatalogueIdIndex=0&FullTextHash=&HasEnglishRecord=True&HasFrenchRecord=True&HasSpanishRecord=True

Duty & Taxes

Duties and VAT on shipments sent to Egypt from Canada are calculated based on the CIF value of the product. The CIF value is the sum of the customs value plus insurance amount plus freight costs

CIF Value = Customs Value + Insurance Amount + Freight Costs

By knowing the CIF value of shipment, you will be able to predict the duties owed by the recipient

Imports also incur an import tax called a customs excess load. The amount charged depends on the percentage of the applied duty.

The customs excess load is:

  • 2% if the applied duty is from 5% - 30%
  • 3% if the applied duty is above 30%
Thresholds

There are no thresholds below which duties and VAT are not charged. All imports regardless of value will incur duties and VAT.

Currency Egyptian Pound (EGP)
Duty Exemption (De minimis Value No exemption
Duty Calculation Method CIF
TAX (VAT) 14% (standard)
5% (on machinery & equipment used to produce a commodity or render a service)
Tax Exemption
(De minimis Value)
No Exemption
Tax Calculation Method CIF

Duties on Imports

Excise taxes

Egypt imposes excise taxes on certain imports, and often is the only tax to be applied. One notable exception is air conditioners, which would incur an excise tax and 14% VAT.

Two groups of items that incur the excise tax (also called a table tax or schedule tax) include:

  • Tobacco and cigarettes (50 - 100%)
  • Household detergents and soaps (5%)

Further details can be found here

  • Candy60%
  • Chocolate40%
  • Spirits and Wines1,200% - 3000%
  • TobaccoEGP 150 per net
    kilogram (about $15 CAD)
  • Books5%
  • Documents0%
  • Video Games & Consoles60%
  • Computers & Laptops0%
  • Tablets0%
  • Mobiles0%
  • Cameras30%
  • Accessories for Electronics0%
  • Coats40%
  • Beauty Products & Cosmetics45%
  • Jewellery10% - 30%
  • Shirts & Pants40%
  • Home Appliances60%
  • Toys20%
  • Sports Equipment20%

Sources:
https://santandertrade.com/en/portal/international-shipments/egypt/customs-procedures
https://home.kpmg/content/dam/kpmg/xx/pdf/2016/10/tnf-egypt-october-13-2016.pdf
https://taxsummaries.pwc.com/egypt/corporate/other-taxes
https://docsonline.wto.org/dol2fe/Pages/FE_Search/FE_S_S009-DP.aspx?language=E&CatalogueIdList=241586,60725,109628,25590&CurrentCatalogueIdIndex=0&FullTextHash=&HasEnglishRecord=True&HasFrenchRecord=True&HasSpanishRecord=True
https://www.macmap.org/
http://www.fei.org.eg/tariff/tariff.php/

Egypt Shipping Insurance


You can purchase insurance through Secureship and it is provided by the carrier that will be transporting your shipment.

Each carrier will charge a different amount per $100 of declared insurance. If you indicate that you need insurance for your shipment our system will automatically include the insurance costs for your shipment.

Insurance is great to have in case your package is accidentally lost or damaged by the carrier. But be careful, not everything you ship is insurable. Worse - even if your package contains items that are insurable, if it doesn’t meet the ISTA 3A packaging standard, the insurance purchased through the carrier would not be available to you.

Here are some items that cannot be insured by the carrier:

  • Personal belongings
  • Antiques
  • Artwork
  • Liquids (including alcohol)
  • Television
  • Jewelry in excess of $500
  • Perishable goods
  • Glass or Ceramic
  • And many more items

For more information, please see the carrier's terms and conditions.

Questions about Shipping to Egypt



Can I ship to Egypt?

Shipping to Egypt from Canada can take between 3-5 business days through the fastest carriers available on the Secureship platform. More economical services, such as Canada Post, can take up to 1-2 months to complete the delivery.

Find out how fast the Secureship trusted carriers can get your shipment delivered to Egypt by getting a quote now.


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