The MTI’s media center: the move doesn’t target specific companies or
products of certain countries.
Cairo- Apr. 17, 2022
The Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI)'s media center wishes to clarify the
recent suspension and banning of a number of companies from exporting to the
Egyptian market, with reference to Ministerial Decree No. 195 of 2022.
was issued in
March with the aim of facilitating registration procedures for companies, including
amendments to the rules governing the registration of factories qualified to
export their products to the Arab Republic of Egypt, established in Ministerial
Decree No. 43 of 2016.
It also set specific timelines for registration, according to which companies
wishing to export to Egypt must renew their expired documents within a period
not exceeding 30 days. Renewable documents include: quality certificates,
trademarks, and industrial registry.
The factory registration unit at the General Organization For Export &
Import Control (GOEIC) is responsible for reviewing documents submitted by
companies for registration in order to ensure that the company or factory is an
existing entity and its products are subject to quality control systems.
In case of an expired document, a warning will be sent for a period of two
weeks on the authority’s website, which if not renewed, a company will be
suspended for one year and later barred from exporting to Egypt.
Lately, legal action has been taken against a number of companies- being
suspended or banned- because they failed to submit the required documents or had
already established factories to manufacture their products locally.
The GOEIC is currently adjusting the status of the firms that present their
lacking documents; a total of 122 so far since January.
Finally, the ministry’s official spokesperson affirms that the move doesn’t
target specific companies or products of certain countries.