The Maritime Transport Sector of Egypt makes available new instructions for the implementation of the ACI system

The ACI system which will allow the authorities to identify the high-risk shipment, will be launched in April and will be mandatory from July 2021

Egypt’s Ministry of finance will obligate the importers to apply the Advance Cargo Information Declaration (ACID) as a test on 1/04/2021 and will officially make it compulsory from 30/06/2021. This move is a part of the authority’s effort to improve the customs system so as to simplify the processes, reduce the prices of commodities, and lower the clearance time.

Logistics industry-Advance Cargo Information Declaration
Logistics industry-Advance Cargo Information Declaration

As explained by Mahmoud Alam El Deen, the Business Development Manager of Beluga Freight, a Coop member in Cairo, Egypt, “The Ministry of Finance will obligate the importers to apply Advance Cargo information Declaration (ACID) as a test on 1/04/2021 and this will be made compulsory from 30/06/2021. Therefore to apply article No.39 of Custom’s Law 207/2020, the Maritime Transport Sector must notify the carriers, vessel’s masters, agents and their representatives to insert the Advance Cargo information Declaration (ACID ) into the load documents of the import cargo of the country. In case this information is not present with the load documents then, these shipments will be re-loaded outside the country directly under the account of the carrier or its local shipping agencies.”

The ACI system is being adopted for easy identification of high-risk cargo before they reach the ports and it would also ensure that the cargo sits in the customs warehouse for only a short period of time.

We thank Beluga Freight our member in Cairo, Egypt for providing the members with this information!