Egypt has become the first African country to implement Advance Cargo Information (ACI), requiring by law all import shipments and carriers to validate ACI-related information prior loading from the first load port.
n accordance with the new Egyptian customs law #207 that was put into effect November 2020 and its following related decrees, Advance Cargo Information is becoming mandatory for all Egypt import shipments starting from 1st July 2021. Egyptian customs had earlier announced a grace period from 1st of April 2021 till 30th of June 2021.
The move is aimed at monitoring security threats associated with goods entering the country as the new law will require importers to declare full information about goods to be shipped to Egypt before actual loading from the exporting country.
More specifically, ACI is a new customs system that requires cargo data and documents (Commercial invoice, Packing list, Bills of Lading and Cargo Manifest) at latest until 48 hours before the vessel departure from the loading port.
Under the ACI system, a unique number called ACID number (Advance Cargo information Declaration) must be issued for each shipment. ACID will be issued for each ACI request (maximum within 48 hours from request submission) by Egyptian customs portal (Nafeza.gov.eg).
ACID is not required if:
- International transhipment – both discharge and load- is done at 1 single Egyptian terminal
- Personal effect shipment
- Ministry of Défense in Egypt is the Consignee
With the complete implementation on 1st of July 2021, Maersk will strictly refrain from loading any shipment planned to be destined to Egypt at the first load port if ACI-related data will be missing or failed during validation stage,
…said Maersk on its part earlier this month.
Without valid ACID, ONE will strictly refrain from loading any shipment planned to be destined to Egypt due to the regulation,
…stated also ONE.
The Advance Cargo Information was adopted by the World Customs Organization (WCO) back in 2005 to identify high-risk cargo prior to loading and/or arrival on any trade lane between member states.