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ACID regulation for export to Egypt

ACID regulation for export to Egypt

ACID regulation for export to Egypt

Last year, Spain’s exports to Egypt amounted to 1,447 million euros and imports to 678 million euros. Compared to 2019, the variations were -5% and -23% respectively, mainly due to the effects of COVID-19.

Our country is currently the fourth largest supplier, behind Germany, Italy and France, to the African country. The main goods exported in 2020 were machinery and mechanical appliances; automobiles, tractors, electrical appliances and equipment; copper and its manufactures; fuels and mineral oils. A very diversified composition. As for imports, the chapters of fuels and mineral oils; plastic materials and articles thereof; cast iron and steel, knitted and crocheted clothing and fertilisers are worth mentioning.

In this context, it should be noted that Egypt – a country with a population of over 100 million – has begun to apply the ACID (Advanced Cargo Information Declaration) regulation, which refers to the obligatory pre-registration of cargoes. The aim of the regulation is to simplify operations and prevent prohibited or risky goods from entering the country.

RFL Cargo, an expert in offering tailor-made logistics solutions, is closely following these new requirements in order to ensure that any kind of export to the region does not suffer any kind of setback.

ACID procedure

The tasks to be carried out to export to Egypt under this regulation are:

  • The Egyptian importer provides essential information about the shipment.
  • The customs authority assesses the potential risks and, if the shipment is accepted, the ACID is generated.
  • Within 24 hours prior to the departure of the vessel, the shipping line sends, in electronic format, a list of the goods shipped to Egypt together with the B/L information, ACID number and the details of the importer and exporter.
  • The exporter has to prepare the shipment documents upon departure of the vessel for delivery through the CargoX blockchain platform.
  • The Egyptian importer reviews and approves these documents and requests pre-clearance.
  • The shipping agent delivers the cargo manifest no less than 48 hours prior to the vessel’s arrival.

Important aspects

  • Exporters must register on the CargoX blockchain platform in order to be able to submit documentation.
  • In the case that the ACID number is not mentioned in the shipping documentation, the goods will be sent back to the origin, and the exporter will have to assume the costs incurred.

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