Frequently Asked Questions

1. What does GOEIC stand for?

GOEIC stands for General Organization for Import and Export Control in Egypt.

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2. What are the objectives and benefits of the GOEIC program for Egypt?

Egyptian consumers' wellbeing, health and safety remains a top priority for GOEIC. As stated by GOEIC's Chairman, their main goal is to facilitate trade, promote and encourage Egyptian exports and eliminate the obstacles to export development and expansion in all domains.

As emphasized on the GOEIC website, the general objectives are the following:

  • The protection of the Egyptian citizens
  • An increased transparency and flexibility in terms of import and export quality control in compliance with internationally accredited standards
  • Unified procedures applicable to all GOEIC’s branches and locations
  • Development of a mid-level management in accordance with the specific needs.
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3. Which products are covered by the GOEIC program?

There are the different categories of products subject to GOEIC:

  • Textile and leather products
  • Food
  • Drinks
  • Cosmetics and hygiene products
  • Detergents
  • Kitchenware
  • Construction products
  • Furniture
  • Bicycles and motorcycles
  • Toys
  • Electric & electronic products

Please contact your nearest Cotecna office to find out if your product is subject to the GOEIC program and whether you need a Certificate of Conformity (CoC).

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4. Who has to demonstrate compliance with the GOEIC program and how can that be done?

Exporters to Egypt must demonstrate compliance with the program and be registered at GOEIC. This applies only to goods subject to the program. The process of conformity assessment must take place in the exporting country. Please refer to the Certification Process section of this website in order to learn how you can demonstrate compliance with the GOEIC program.

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5. What is GOEIC Registration?

The Ministry of Industry and Foreign Trade in Egypt recently issued new decrees that entered fully into force as of March 16, 2016. These Decrees introduce significant changes to the import clearance procedure and they also expand the list of Regulated products. Moreover, they establish the obligation for Factories, Manufacturers or Trademark Owners of regulated products to be registered with Egypt’s General Organization of Export and Import Control (GOEIC) by 15 March 2016 to continue to export to Egypt. Registration can be done in two ways, either registering the factory or the brand.

Exporters can process registrations independently or, as an alternative, Cotecna can assist them with this procedure. All documents must be submitted to Cotecna for a revision. Cotecna can also assist exporters with the submission to GOEIC. The GOEIC forms to complete are available upon request at your nearest Cotecna office.

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6. Do I need a Certificate of Conformity to import my goods into Egypt?

It will depend on the types of products you import. If your product is subject to the GOEIC program, you will need a Certificate of Conformity. Please refer to the product list in order to determine whether your products are regulated under the GOEIC program.

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7. How can I start the process for obtaining a Certificate of Conformity and/or the GOEIC registration? How long will these respective processes take?

The exporter should contact Cotecna with the relevant documentation and information to start the process towards obtaining a Certificate of Conformity and/or a GOEIC registration. See our Certification Process / GOEIC registration pages for more information.

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8. Where can an exporter enquire about the Certificate of Conformity and/or the GOEIC registration and how much will it cost?

Exporters can contact one of Cotecna’s offices. Depending on the country of export, you can find the contact details of the office in charge here.

The fees are not fixed. The full costs depend on the product type and the place of export. They can be determined when the exporter contacts a Cotecna office. Based upon the relevant documentation and the relevant information, a price/quotation can be issued.

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9. In which countries do I need to obtain the Certificate of Conformity?

The compliance process for obtaining the Certificate of Conformity must occur in the exporting country. However, importers' initiative is also very welcome.

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10. What happens if the importer does not comply with the GOEIC requirements?

The Certificate of Conformity is mandatory for Customs clearance of the shipment under the import requirements of the Republic of Egypt.

All regulated products arriving at the Egyptian entry points (ports, airports, land borders) without a Certificate of Conformity will be rejected and the Customs release will be denied.

The importer/exporter will then be required to re-export the goods or he may face delays while the goods are sampled and tested in accordance with the Egyptian requirements. The exporter/importer will bear all the costs related to this procedure (sampling, testing, delay at the border point).

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