Market Reports/Tariffs
Textiles, Apparel, Footwear and Travel Goods

Egypt

Import Tariffs
Documentation/Procedures
Restrictions
Standards
Labeling
Market Information

Last updated on 08/29/2017

If you have any questions about the following information, please contact Homer Boyer at the U.S. Department of Commerce- Office of Textiles and Apparel at 202-482-4058 or click here for e-mail access.

**The following information is provided only as a guide and should be confirmed with the proper authorities before embarking on any export activities.**


Import Tariffs - Egypt
For most imports, tariff is assessed on an ad valorem basis applied to the c.i.f. (cost, insurance, freight) value.

Egypt: Tariffs (percent ad valorem) on Textiles, Apparel, Footwear and Travel Goods
HS Chapter/Subheading
Tariff Rate Range (%)
Yarn
-silk
5003-5006
0 - 5
-wool
5105-5110
5
-cotton
5204-5207
5
-other vegetable fiber
5306-5308
5
-man-made fiber
5401-5406/5501-5511
0 - 5
........................
Woven Fabric
-silk
5007
10
-wool
5111-5113
10
-cotton
5208-5212
10
-other vegetable fiber
5309-5311
5 - 10
-man-made fiber
5407-5408/5512-5516
5 - 10
Knit Fabric
60
10
.........................
Non Woven Fabric
5603
5
Industrial Fabric
59
5 - 20
........................
Apparel
61-62
5 - 40
Home Furnishings
including: bed, bath, kitchen linens, etc................
63
5 - 35
........................
Carpet

Footwear

Travel Goods
57

64

4202
30

10 - 40

40

For more detailed tariff information, see the Egyptian tariff schedule on the Ministry of Finance Arab Republic of Egypt website. See also, the Current Situation of Schedules of Members on the World Trade Organization website.

Additional Import Taxes and Fees--All goods are subject to a sales tax of 5 - 25 percent. An excise duty is collected on cotton yarn.

Samples/Temporary Entry--In general, Egyptian customs allows for commercial samples and temporary imports for display purposes at officially recognized exhibitions or for sales promotion activities to enter the country duty free.

If your product is primarily made in the U.S. of U.S. originating components it may qualify for duty-free entry into countries with which the U.S. has a free trade agreement (FTA). The U.S. currently has FTAs with the following countries: Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Jordan, Mexico, Morocco, Nicaragua, Oman, Panama, Peru, Singapore and South Korea. See the FTA Tariff Tool, to determine the duty-free status or reduced duties that apply to products eligible under these free trade agreements.

Additional resources for tariff information:

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Import Documentation/Procedures (Egypt)


Exporter Registration Requirement--
Manufacturers and trademark owners of certain products shipped to Egypt must register with the Egyptian Ministry of Industry and Trade (MFTI). Under decree 43/2016, listed products will only be allowed entry into the Egyptian market if they are registered by the owner of the manufacturing facility or the legal holder of the trademark in advance. Subject products inlcude: textile fabric, clothing, carpets and rugs, blankets and other home furnishings, and footwear. For a copy of the decree, a list of impacted products, and example documents, see the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service GAIN report date 4/17/2016.

The product manufacturer, trademark owner, or their legal representative may submit the application for registration in person or online on the at General Authority of Export and Import Control - GOEIC website. US exporters are encouraged to apply in person, through a local representative, if necessary, to ensure proper submission of the required documentation.

Mandated inspection and review certificates--
The Egyptian Ministry of Trade and Industry (MFTI) regulation, Decree No. 961/2012 requires that textile and leather products imported into Egypt obtain a Certificate of Inspection. Two options for obtaining certification:
  • Option 1 - Inspection per Consignment--Every consignment must be physically inspected before shipment at the origin by an approved third-party inspection company.
  • Option 2 - Registration with GOEIC (General Organisation for Export and Import Control)--Importers may register with GOEIC and shipments will be subject to random inspection.
A Certificate of Inspection is required for
  • Apparel and accessories
  • Home textiles
  • Carpet and floor coverings
  • Shoes
  • Leather bags (including artificial leather)
Port Restrictions--MFTI Decree No. 682 confines customs release of textiles and apparel imports to four specific ports-- the Port of Alexandria, Port Said Port, El-Sokhna Port, and Cairo Airport.

Cotton--Imported cotton is subject to fumigation in both its country of origin and Egypt.

For more information on local customs rules and regulations:
Egyptian Customs Authority

For information on common export documents, such as transportation documents, export compliance documents, certificates of origin, certificates for shipments of specific goods, temporary shipment documents, and other export-related documents, see the Export.gov webpage on Common Export Documents.

For country-specific information on import procedures and documentation requirements, see the
Country Commercial Guides (CCG) on the export.gov website.

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Import Restrictions (Egypt)
No information is currently available on any bans, quotas, or other restrictions.
U.S. Export Restrictions:

The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) in the U.S. Department of the Treasury administers and enforces economic and trade sanctions against targeted foreign countries, terrorists, and international narcotics traffickers and their agents in accordance with U.S. foreign policy and national security goals. The OFAC website includes summaries of sanctions programs for various countries and the “Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons” (SDNs) list of entities and individuals with whom U.S. persons may not conduct business and whose property must be blocked if under the control of a U.S. person.

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) in the U.S. Department of Commerce is responsible for implementing and enforcing the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), which regulate the export and re-export of most commercial items. BIS maintains the Denied Persons List, which consists of individuals, and companies that have been denied export and re-export privileges by BIS, and the Entity List, which consists of foreign end users who pose an unacceptable risk of diverting U.S. exports and the technology they contain to alternate destinations for the development of weapons of mass destruction
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Standards - Egypt

Textiles

Textile products are subject to the mandatory Egyptian Standard No. 7266/2011– Safety and health criteria and labelling for textile products. This standard includes requirements on control of restricted hazardous chemicals and product labeling. The standard includes the following 5 sections:
  • EG STDS 7266-1 Dyeing yarns
  • EG STDS 7266-2 Dyeing, printing or finishing fabric
  • EG STDS 7266-3 Apparel and home textile
  • EG STDS 7266-4 Garments
  • EG STDS 7266-5 Carpets and rugs
Control Of Restricted Hazardous Chemicals-- The substances listed below are subject to restrictions, and is applicable to infant and children (up to age 12) products, direct skin contact products, and indirect skin contact products.
  • Carcinogenic dyes
  • Azo dyes
  • Brominated flame retardants (PBB, TRIS, TEPA)
  • Formaldehyde
  • Phthalates
  • Cadmium
  • Nickel release
  • Lead

Footwear

The following standards apply to footwear and include physical property requirements, as well as criteria for pH value and PCP:
  • ES 3571/2006 – Footwear and its parts is applicable general footwear, including slippers, sandals, sabot etc. which are made of natural leather, synthetic leather, textiles or a mixture of them and have the sole made of any material.
  • EMS 3572/2006 – Footwear and its parts (sports shoes) is applicable sport shoes made of natural leather or artificial alternatives or textiles with any kind of soles.
Leather and Leather Products (including artificial leather)

Egyptian standard of ES 6535/2008 - General Requirements of Manufactured Leather includes physical property requirements, as well as criteria for pH and PCP. Labeling requirements are also included.

Egyptian standard ES 7322/2011 – Safety & Health Criteria for Leather Products and Its Parts includes the testing requirements applicable to natural leather, artificial leather, textile and metal part contents in the following areas:
  • Formaldehyde
  • Azo Dyes
  • Phthalates
  • Cadmium
  • Nickel release
  • Soluble heavy metal
  • Chromium VI
  • PCP
  • Monomer of PVC (VCM)
Some additional Egyptian standards include the following:
  • White Lint (ESS 120/2005)
  • Cotton Cloth (raw) (ESS 278/2005)
  • Cotton Cloth (raw white) (ESS 278/2005)
  • Cotton textiles (raw), open-ended weaving method used (ESS 2209/2005)
  • Cotton textiles (white), open-ended weaving method used (ESS 2211/2005)
  • Technical Conditions for Cloth (ESS 3657/2005)
  • Technical Conditions for ready-made clothes (ESS 3658/2005)
  • Technical Conditions for woven textiles (ESS 3804/2005)
  • Medical Cotton (ESS 113/2005)
  • Medical Dressings (ESS 114/2005)
  • Medical Gauze (ESS 4754/2005)
  • Cotton Gauze Dressing (ESS 4757/2005)
  • Health and environmental specification of textiles (ECO-TEX 100) (ESS 3786/2002)
  • Health and environmental specification of textiles (ECO-TEX 200) (ESS 3786/2003)
For more information on standards see the Egyptian Organization for Standards and Quality - EOS website.

Local standards organization and other resources:


The National Center for Standards and Certification Information (NCSCI) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the U.S. Department of Commerce provides information on U.S. and foreign standards, technical regulations, and conformity assessment procedures for non-agricultural products. NCSCI staff responds to requests for information by identifying relevant standards and regulations, and by referral to the appropriate standards-developers or private-sector organizations. Under copyright restrictions, NCSCI cannot provide copies of standards, but NCSCI does provide sources for accessing standards.


Notify U.S. - Member countries of the World Trade Organization (WTO) are required under the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT Agreement) to report to the WTO all proposed technical regulations that could affect trade with other Member countries. Notify U.S. is a free, web-based e-mail subscription service that offers U.S. companies an opportunity to review and comment on proposed foreign technical regulations that may affect their access to international markets.

Additional resources:

Examples of voluntary formaldehyde labeling programs

American Apparel and Footwear Association's Restricted Substances List

American National Standards Institute (ANSI)

ASTM International

International Organization for Standardization (ISO)


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Labeling - Egypt

In general, product labels must be in Arabic.

Apparel

According to EG STDS 7266 - Safety and health criteria and labelling for textile products, labeling instructions for apparel imported into the Egyptian market for retail sale follows:

Labels on external packing (printed, stuck, or otherwise fixed):

  • Manufacturer name/ Importer name/ Registered Trade Mark
  • Product name
  • Item and Number of pieces
  • Country of origin
  • Net weight
  • Gross weight
Product label & hangtag:
  • Fiber content
  • Country of origin
  • Product name / Importer name / Registered Trade Mark
Care instruction – According to ES 1405/2014 Care Labelling Code Using Symbols, textile products should have a care label. The standard provides for the use of care symbols based on the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 3758:2012 “Textile – Care Labelling Code Using Symbols”.

Footwear, Leather and Leather Products (including artificial leather)

Under the Egyptian standards ES 3571/2006 - Footwear and its parts; EMS 3572/2006 - Footwear and its parts (sports shoes); and ES 6535/2008 - General Requirements of Manufactured Leather labeling requirements include:
  • Product name and the trademark
  • Contents
  • Size
  • Country of origin

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Market Information - Egypt


No specific information is available.




U.S. companies may contact the U.S. Commercial Service for information and personalized counseling at every step of the exporting process. Find a U.S. Export Assistance Centers near you.

For information on protecting trademarks, designs, patents and copyrights, see the STOPFAKES.GOV website. STOPFAKES.GOV is dedicated to helping U.S. companies protect their innovations and safely market their products at home and overseas. Find guidance and resources on how to register your company's intellectual property and protect it from counterfeiting and piracy. Also find IPR toolkits for select countries, as well as other country-specific information.

For information on selling to foreign governments, see the Global Procurement Opportunities website.

Other sources for market information and data:


OTEXA Export Market Report (U.S. export data for textiles, apparel, footwear and travel goods)

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service

U.S. Department of State - U.S. Embassies, Consulates, and Diplomatic Missions

U.S. Office of the Trade Representative

Local Industry and Trade Associations

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