Egypt: Restrictions For The Imported Products By Establishing A Register For Eligible Factories

Last Updated: 22 January 2016
Article by Youssry Saleh & Partners

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry issued a decision to establish a register at the General Authority for Control on Exports and Imports for the eligible factories to export a number of finished products to the Egyptian Markets.

This decision is considered to be one of the efforts to ensure the quality of the imported products in order to preserve the health of Egyptian consumers and safety and to prevent the local industry from unfair competition from such low-quality imported products. Pointing out that there is no conflict between this decision and Egypt's obligations under the World Trade Organization where many countries take similar measures to protect its domestic market from the harmful practices of the products contained in their markets; Also, the Ministry is keen on improving the system of standard specifications as it is considered the main prevention from the entry of imported low-quality products to the Egyptian market pointing out that the imported goods are examined in accordance with the Egyptian standards specification or according to one of the approved international standards.

The decision's provisions are as follows:

Ministry of Commerce and Industry

Decision Number 992 of 2015.

Regarding the rules governing the registration of qualified factories to export their products to the Arab Republic of Egypt;

Minister of Commerce and Industry;

Upon reviewing the Law No.118 of 1975 regarding importing and exporting;

And on the Ministerial Decision No. 770 of 2005 regarding the list of regulations implementing the provisions of law No.118 of 1975, referred to;

And on the approval of the meeting of the economic Ministerial Committee which is held on the 12/28/2015;

And according to what is represented by both sectors of Commercial Agreements and foreign trade;


Article One

A registration list will be established in the

General Authority for the control of exports and imports for the qualified factories for the export of products to the Arab Republic of Egypt as described in the statement attached.

These products which are imported for the purpose of trading will not be released except if they are produced from any of the registered factories in the registration list.

A decision for the registration in the registered list or the cancellation form registration list is issued from the competent Minister for the foreign trade and he has the right of exemption from part or all of the registration requirements in the determined cases by him.

Article 2

It is required to register in the register referred to the following:

A registration application is presented from the legal representative of the factory or the owner of the trademark or the delegates approved by the certified documents as follows:

A copy of the license issued for the factory.

A certificate of the legal entity of the factory and the types of the products it produces.

The determined trademark of the product and the trademarks which are produced according to the license from the owner's side.

A certificate that the factory implemented the system of quality control and fulfilled the environmental standards and is committed to the International Labor Organization standards and the international treaties regulating this matter, and this certificate is to be issued from an accredited sector from the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) or from an Egyptian governmental or foreign sector upon the approval of the competent Minister of Foreign Trade.

Report with the Factories that products are manufactured under its trademark in case of presenting an application from the Trademarks owner.

An endorsement from the Factory with acceptance of inspection from the technical team in order to ensure the fulfillment of the environmental standards and safety of work and enabling relevant cheks.

Article 3

This decision is to be published in the Egyptian Gazette, and it will be effective after two months of the date of publishing.

Issued on 30/12/2015

Minister of Commerce and Industry,

Engineer/ Tarek Kabel.


Of the products that may be imported only if they are produced in the registered factories:

Milk and its products put up for retail sale.

Preserved and dried fruits put up for retail sale.

Oils and fats put up for retail sale.

Chocolates and food products containing cocoa put up for retail sale.

Sugar confectionaries.

Dough products and prepared foods from cereals and bread products and pastries.

Fruit juices put up for retail sale.

Natural and mineral water and aerated water.

Beauty and make-up products, preparations for oral or dental hygiene, personal deodorants and antiperspirants, and perfume preparations.

Soap and washing preparations used as soap put up for retail sale.

Floor coverings.

Cutlery and kitchen utensils.

Baths, shower-baths, sinks, wash-basins, bidets, lavatory pans, seats and covers.

Toilet paper and similar paper, babies and sanitary napkins.

Refractory bricks, blocks, tiles for household use.

Tableware glass articles.

Iron and steel bars and rods.

Household electrical appliances (stoves, fryers, air conditioners, fans, washing machines, blender and heaters).

Home and office furniture.

Bicycles, motorcycles and those with auxiliary motors.


Lightening equipment for household use.


Textiles, clothing, carpets, blankets, furnishing fabrics, and footwear.

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