Please note:

A relevant FAS Attaché report for Egypt can be found at:


Alcoholic beverages may be imported through several companies licensed by the Egyptian government. The initial import procedure entails the assignment of a shipping agent (a GOE entity and separate from the vessel shipping agent); arrival of the consignment at port and a comparison of the invoice and bill of lading with the ship’s manifest; issuance of a title transfer document to the importer; the unloading of the consignment; the purchase and completion of the "Importation Form" and registration of the consignment with customs in the so-called "No. 46 Book;" and initial tariff classification of the product. Egyptian companies often rely on customs brokers, or their own staff to check on shipments and to clear products through customs.

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Egypt imposes a 1200% duty rate on beer, and 1800-3000% duties on wine and spirits.

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USDA Foreign Agricultural Service
Office of Agricultural Affairs
U.S. Embassy, Cairo
Unit 64900, Box 22
APO AE 09839-4900
Tel: 011 (202) 2797-2388 / 2389
Fax: 011 (202) 2796-3989
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

General Organization for Export and Import Control
Address: Cargo village, Airport building
Cairo, Egypt
Tel: (2-02) 2266-6847
Fax: (2-02) 2266-9668

Ministry of Health
Address: 3 Maglis El Shaab Street
Cairo, Egypt
Tel: (2-02) 2795-7689 / 2794-3462
Fax: (2-02) 2795-3966


The information in this guide was obtained from external sources, including the websites of various governmental agencies and organizations, direct contact with those agencies and organizations, and from Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) Attaché reports. Consequently, the accuracy of this information depends upon the accuracy of the sources.

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This page was last reviewed on September 12, 2011.

Page last reviewed/updated: 09/04/2012