Northwest Horticultural Council
Egypt Launches Single Window Pre-Clearance System
Current situation: Egypt’s Ministry of Finance issued Decree 38/2021 for pre-shipment registration under the National Single Window for Foreign Trade Facilitation (Nafeza) system. Full implementation is expected by October 1, 2021. Both U.S. exporters and Egyptian importers must register with Nafeza to obtain unique identification numbers. After a Nafeza number is assigned both the importer and exporter will have access to training materials and the importer will be able to register an export shipment.
After Nafeza registration shipments may commence. The new Advance Cargo Information (ACI) system will be used to track individual shipments and requires importers to obtain an identification number for each shipment, called an Advanced Cargo Identification ID (ACID) number. Egyptian importers will apply for an ACID number and an automatic email will be sent to the U.S. exporter to provide shipment information – within 48 hours of export departure. Exporters are encouraged to work with their Egyptian importers to provide the proper documents.
A Single Window Customs Initiative
The new single-window system is administered by Misr Technology Services (MTS) and seeks to modernize and automate customs administration, simplify procedures, and reduce clearance times. The decree requires that consignment documents for Egyptian agencies at ports of entry including Customs, General Organization for Import & Export Control (GOEIC), National Food Safety Authority, and the Ministry of Agriculture’s Plant Quarantine and Veterinary Services must be submitted by the importer through the single window system 48 hours prior to shipment arrival.
The new system was launched on April 1, 2021. The first users of this system have encountered difficulties normally associated with a new launch of this type. MTS is actively addressing functional difficulties as they become aware. See USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) GAIN Report, Egypt Launches Single Window Pre-Clearance System here.
New fees associated with each shipment are estimated at approximately $65, however, these fees should be offset by the elimination of previously required document legalization fees, exceeding $400.
For more information, see July 25, 2021, USDA Foreign Agricultural Service GAIN report here.