Trading Across Borders in Egypt

This topic looks at the procedural requirements for exporting and importing a standardized cargo of goods. Documents associated with every official procedure are counted—from the contractual agreement between the 2 parties to the delivery of goods—along with the time necessary for completion.

The information appearing on this page was collected as part of the Doing Business subnational project in Egypt, which measures and compares regulations relevant to the life cycle of a small to medium-sized domestic business in cities and regions.

Click on city name to see details:
Alexandria | Damietta | Port Said East | Port Said West | Sokhna (Suez)

 

Alexandria

Nature of Export ProceduresDuration (days)US$ Cost
Documents preparation7125
Customs clearance and technical control1100
Ports and terminal handling2170
Inland transportation and handling1220
Totals11615
Nature of Import ProceduresDuration (days)US$ Cost
Documents preparation8210
Customs clearance and technical control2100
Ports and terminal handling3250
Inland transportation and handling1220
Totals14780
Export documents
Bill of lading
Certificate of origin
Commercial invoice
Customs export declaration
Customs procedural certificate
Export statistical form
Packing list
Technical standard certificate
Import documents
Bill of lading
Certificate of inspection
Certificate of origin
Commercial invoice
Customs import declaration
Customs procedural certificate
Delivery order
Form of Annex 4 (imports for trading or production purposes)
Packing list
Customs payment application and receipt

 

Damietta

Nature of Export ProceduresDuration (days)US$ Cost
Documents preparation7125
Customs clearance and technical control195
Ports and terminal handling190
Inland transportation and handling1275
Totals10585
Nature of Import ProceduresDuration (days)US$ Cost
Documents preparation8210
Customs clearance and technical control3100
Ports and terminal handling2272
Inland transportation and handling1275
Totals14857
Export documents
Bill of lading
Certificate of origin
Commercial invoice
Customs export declaration
Customs procedural certificate
Export statistical form
Packing list
Technical standard certificate
Import documents
Bill of lading
Certificate of inspection
Certificate of origin
Commercial invoice
Customs import declaration
Customs procedural certificate
Delivery order
Form of Annex 4 (imports for trading or production purposes)
Packing list
Customs payment application and receipt

 

Port Said East

Nature of Export ProceduresDuration (days)US$ Cost
Documents preparation7125
Customs clearance and technical control1110
Ports and terminal handling2175
Inland transportation and handling1284
Totals11694
Nature of Import ProceduresDuration (days)US$ Cost
Documents preparation8210
Customs clearance and technical control490
Ports and terminal handling2300
Inland transportation and handling1284
Totals15884
Export documents
Bill of lading
Certificate of origin
Commercial invoice
Customs export declaration
Customs procedural certificate
Export statistical form
Packing list
Technical standard certificate
Import documents
Bill of lading
Certificate of inspection
Certificate of origin
Commercial invoice
Customs import declaration
Customs procedural certificate
Delivery order
Form of Annex 4 (imports for trading or production purposes)
Packing list
Customs payment application and receipt

 

Port Said West

Nature of Export ProceduresDuration (days)US$ Cost
Documents preparation7125
Customs clearance and technical control195
Ports and terminal handling2107
Inland transportation and handling1205
Totals11532
Nature of Import ProceduresDuration (days)US$ Cost
Documents preparation8210
Customs clearance and technical control390
Ports and terminal handling2326
Inland transportation and handling1205
Totals14831
Export documents
Bill of lading
Certificate of origin
Commercial invoice
Customs export declaration
Customs procedural certificate
Export statistical form
Packing list
Technical standard certificate
Import documents
Bill of lading
Certificate of inspection
Certificate of origin
Commercial invoice
Customs import declaration
Customs procedural certificate
Delivery order
Form of Annex 4 (imports for trading or production purposes)
Packing list
Customs payment application and receipt

 

Sokhna (Suez)

Nature of Export ProceduresDuration (days)US$ Cost
Documents preparation7125
Customs clearance and technical control1100
Ports and terminal handling3122
Inland transportation and handling1320
Totals12667
Nature of Import ProceduresDuration (days)US$ Cost
Documents preparation8210
Customs clearance and technical control490
Ports and terminal handling3452
Inland transportation and handling1295
Totals161,047
Export documents
Bill of lading
Certificate of origin
Commercial invoice
Customs export declaration
Customs procedural certificate
Export statistical form
Packing list
Technical standard certificate
Import documents
Bill of lading
Certificate of inspection
Certificate of origin
Commercial invoice
Customs import declaration
Customs procedural certificate
Delivery order
Form of Annex 4 (imports for trading or production purposes)
Packing list
Customs payment application and receipt