Importers are requesting a three-month extension before Egypt implements its Advance Cargo Information (ACI) system for pre-registration of shipments
Importers are requesting a three-month extension before Egypt implements its Advance Cargo Information (ACI) system for pre-registration of shipments.
The Federation of Egyptian Chambers of Commerce’s (FEDCOC) importers division have asked to extend the registration deadline, with Ahmed Al-Mallwani, Head of the Foreign Trade Committee, saying that this would allow for all problems to be carefully studied.
He added that the delay would improve the system’s greater success rate, provided that the experimental pre-registration continues in the same framework as previously.
The Egyptian Customs Authority’s new digital platform ACI is set to go live later this year.
Shipping companies will be required to send information about their cargo electronically to the platform, which was launched experimentally on 1 April, and which will be mandatorily applied from 1 July 2021.
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During a meeting by the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce, Ahmed Al-Mallwani, head of the Foreign Trade Committee, stated highlighted the importance of the state’s approach to reducing time for release of goods, and the use of digital systems to comply with the corresponding global systems.
The meeting, also attended by representatives from Misr Technology Services (MTS), was aimed at creating joint cooperation to find solutions for problems importers face, including improving the customs system said Hamdy El-Naggar, head of the Importers Division.
Al-Mallwani reviewed a memorandum containing three notes and a number of proposals after El-Naggar’s.
The first note stated that the Minister of Finance and the Egyptian Customs Authority should have issued a detailed list of all steps under the ACI, whilst the second note is related to the trial period specified.
Al-Mallwani noted that the trial period is currently too short, and requires a longer period as there are shipments that take a long time to arrive.
The third note mentioned that the responsible authorities did not specify how to deal with the real problems that importers face, and which are likely to occur with the start of the new system’s application.