Importers are also required to review and confirm shipment files using an electronic signature
The Ministry of Finance announced a new decision regarding the Customs Authority’s new digital platform yesterday, which goes live later this year, stating that shipping companies will be required to send information about their cargo electronically to the platform.
Companies shipping to Egypt must follow the new rules as the second stage of the pre-registration (Advance Cargo Information) system begins and joining the system becomes mandatory in July 2021.
The decision includes stipulations for importing companies to electronically send shipping and cargo data and documents, such as packing lists and commercial invoices, to the new Advance Cargo Information (ACI) system.
Importers are also required to review and confirm shipment files and documents with the shipment identification number (ACID), and approve them using an electronic signature.
The system, part of the National Single Window for Foreign Trade Facilitation (Nafeza), is meant to facilitate customs procedures and improve border security.
According to the statement, those importing to Egypt must electronically submit cargo lists and paperwork, including the ACID, at least 24 hours before the ship is set to leave the exporting port. This was previously 48 hours.
ACI is a World Customs Organization protocol, used to provide shipping lines, port operators and governments real-time information on shipments of incoming goods.
When registering on the ACI, importers obtain a unique advance registration number. The ACI obligates companies to submit codes identifying the seller and port and country of origin, a description of the cargo, an assessment of any custom dues, and other relevant information when importing into the country.