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29 June 2016

Requirements regarding import of goods to the Arab Republic of Egypt have been amended

The Ministry of Trade and Industry of the Arab Republic of Egypt has adopted the “Decree Concerning the Amendment of The Rules Governing the Registration of the Companies Eligible to Export Their Goods to the Arab Republic of Egypt” No. 43 of the year 2016 (the “Decree”).

The Decree provides for establishment of the record of companies eligible to import their goods to the Arab Republic of Egypt. In accordance with the Decree, the goods shall not be placed at the market of Egypt, unless they are produced or imported by the companies listed in the respective record. Registration of companies is available online at the official website of the General Administration for Export and Import Control (the “GAEIC”).
 
Furthermore, the Decree sets forth conditions for registration (1) by manufacturers and (2) by trademark owners.
 
In order to be registered the manufacturers shall submit a registration form with the following documents attached: (1) documents certifying legal status of the company and its license; (2) a list of the goods and trademarks produced and owned by the manufacturer; (3) trademarks, under which the goods are produced; (4) a certificate confirming use of the relevant quality management system. Such certificate shall be issued by an accredited body of the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation, the International Accreditation Forum, or by a competent (duly authorized) Egyptian or foreign authority.
 
Companies which own trademarks shall submit: (1) a certificate of registration of the trademark and of the goods produced thereunder; (2) a document containing information about the distribution centers for the goods produced under the company’s trademark; (3) a certificate confirming use of the relevant quality management system by the trademark owner. Such certificate shall be issued by an accredited body of the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation, the International Accreditation Forum, or by a competent (duly authorized) Egyptian or foreign authority.
 
All documents submitted for registration of a company shall be duly certified.
 
Moreover, shall the registration office have doubts as to the documents submitted, the applicant concerned may not be registered and listed in the record, unless the registration office receives all the necessary confirmation data.
 
For details, please contact the counsel of the International Trade Practice Andrew Zablotskyi.
 

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