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EGYPT
(Country code: EG)

SERVICE RATE
CODE
MAX.
WEIGHT (KG)
OVERSIZE
AVAILABILITY
MAX.
COVERAGE
Priority™ Worldwide (Delivery Standards)   06   30   NO   $1000
International Parcel™ (Air)   208   30   YES   $1000
International Parcel™ (Surface)   408   30   YES   $1000
Small Packet™ (Air)   08   2   NO   N/A
Small Packet™ (Surface)   08   2   NO   N/A
CUSTOMS DECLARATION LANGUAGE English, French, Arabic

SERVICE AVAILABILITY Registered Mail™ VALUABLES ACCEPTED
Letter-post™   YES   YES   NO
SERVICE AVAILABILITY FEE CODE CURRENCY
Money Orders™    NO   —   —

Maximum Coverage = Maximum Declared Value for Carriage for the Priority™ Worldwide service.

Import Restrictions

Senders should determine import restrictions from the country's authorities before posting:

  • animal products
  • eggs
  • ethylene
  • bees, parasites and silkworms
  • bengal matches
  • chemical products
  • carpets,
  • coffee and tea
  • cutlery
  • energy producing devices
  • electronic calculators
  • electric cables and insulated wire
  • fish of all kinds
  • fruits and nuts
  • fur
  • fine silk
  • honey
  • leather
  • nickel batteries
  • olives
  • pipes and tubes made of iron or steel
  • plants and parts of plants
  • products of the milling industry
  • soap
  • soft white cheese, not weighing less than half a kilogramme
  • schaider cheese from Holland
  • shoes
  • spoon, ladles
  • tobacco
  • wool and linen.

An import permit is required for all goods except personal gifts up to 20 Egyptian pounds value. Before posting any item, senders should confirm that the addressee has any necessary permit.

Moslem religious books written in other than an Arabic language require a permit from the Customs Department. Copies of the Koran require a permit from the Department of Public Security.

Items of workmanship in precious metals must be marked as to metal content.

Prohibited Items

In addition to items considered non-mailable matter, the following are prohibited:

  • antiques
  • any items offensive to the Muslim culture
  • butchered birds and poultry
  • birds liver
  • chicks for breeding
  • contact lenses
  • communications equipment
  • entrails
  • honey
  • gold and silver
  • liquids
  • live swine, birds and poultry
  • lottery tickets
  • material contrary to Muslim, and/or Arab beliefs and morality
  • meat
  • pig fat
  • powder
  • viagra.

Printers, fax machines, scanners and copiers require approval from the Ministry of Security.

Documentation Required

Information regarding Customs can be found in "Customs Requirements" of the Canada Postal Guide.

All commercial goods or merchandise mailed to Egypt must contain an invoice, a detailed list of contents, and a Certificate of Origin. Egyptian postal codes always precede the name of the city or town.

There are significant document restrictions:

1. The original sales invoice must be presented with two copies

2. The original certificate of origin must be presented with two copies

These two documents must be certified and authenticate by the Egyptian Consulate in the country of origin.

The following also applies:

1. If items are being shipped for personal use, a copy of the consignee’s identification and passport, as well as the original authorization letter are required.

2. If items are being shipped for special purposes, an original letter addressed to the Egyptian Customs stating the shipment is for special use, and the original commercial or industrial licenses are required. As well, a special use form, with the relevant company stamp, and value form, legalized by a bank is required.

3. If items shipped contain medical supplies for commercial use, the following is required: the original Medicine Political Authority approval, the Commercial Invoice approved by the Medicine Political Authority, a value form legalized by a bank, receipts of Customs Administration charges, a Commercial Invoice stamped by the bank, as well as the original and copy of the commercial registration licences.

4. For other shipments containing Commercial items the following is required: Form 11, receipts of the Customs Adminstration charges, a value form legalized by a bank, Commercial invoices legalized by a bank, a legalized Certificate of Origin, as well as original copies of applicable Commercial Licenses, and an original authorization stamped by a bank as required.

Customs Procedures:

Egypt law requires that all commercial agents and importers have Egyptian nationality. There is no simplified customs declaration system.