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General Information. 

Has the local time as GMT+2 (+3 (DST) APRIL 25-SEPTEMBER25 (EFF.PERIOD), the country code +20, has the capital city as Cairo. Customs hours include Saturday- Thursday 0830-1400hours.

Documentary Requirements
Commercial Consignment.
•4 commercial invoices legalized by the chamber of commerce legalization by consulate required in some cases.
•3 certificates of origin .Legalization by consulate required in some cases.
•packing lists (to be enclosed in one of the packages) when the commercial Invoice does not contain exact details regarding the contents of each package .The Commercial Invoice must then indicate in which package the packing list is enclosed.


Restrictions.

Live animals:Live animals including (cats and dogs), meat and fish products must be accompanied by a valid Government veterinarian Good Health Certificate issued at a point of origin (validity of this certificate is two weeks from date of issue). This certificate does not exempt the live stock from the Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture doctor examination upon arrival , and quarantine incase of suspected (unhealthy) animals, will be maximum 15 days.
Plants and plant material: Phytosanitary certificate, which must accompany consignment .An agricultural certificate, will be issued by the Egyptian authorities after inspection on arrival by customs (Agricultural section) at the airport Saturdays through to Thursdays 0800-1400 hours. Outside these hours and during official holiday’s overtime fee is due.
Prohibited: Cotton (except if sent as samples in packages of 2kgs. Maximum weight). Consignments may consist of several packages. Samples must be ginned and free from seeds. Cotton plants and cotton seeds; citrus trees; earth and earth plants; fresh mangoes and their seeds; sugar cane seedlings; tobacco seed.
Arms, ammunition and explosives:

Import Licence
*Explosives,
Before arrival of the explosives the following rules must be observed
1.Transporting carrier should advise consignee well in advance of date and time of arrival of the explosives consignment in order to enable the consignee to arrange prior approval from the public security authorities for receiving and transporting the consignment.
2.Consignee should obtains such prior approval  for receiving and transporting the explosives outside the airport
3.Consignee is obliged to report to the airport on arrival of the consignment for clearance and taking delivery.
4. Incase the rules under 2 and 3 are not observed, the airline will be under obligation to re-export the shipment on the same aircraft.

Narcotics and drugs: If proved to be for medical purposes, Import Licence from the ministry of Public Health. The shipment will be handled as valuable cargo.
Prohibited: Raw narcotics.
Human Remains: Certificate from consulate stating full name, age, place and date of birth and nationality of the deceased in the country in which the death occurred. Outer Container must be sealed by Customs and /or by Egyptian Consulate at origin.
Pharmaceutical and chemical products: (also if for personal use): Authorization from the Ministry of Public Health and General Organization for Drugs.
Medicines and vaccines: Import permit from ministry of Public Health, Pharmacies section.
Foodstuff: Product and expiry date must be clearly indicated on the inner packages.
Radio Active materials:
•Shipment must be accompanied by Nuclear Certificate and Health Inspection Certificate and Health Inspection Certificate (all documents must be legalized by the Egyptian Consulate at origin.
•Shipment will be subject to inspection by Health Authorities.

Prohibitions: 

Adulterated tobacco; foreign silver; nickel or copper coins being legal tender in the country of origin; obscene publications or pictures.