In November 2015, Egypt’s Government approved the replacement of the existing procurement price policy on wheat with direct subsidies to farmers (FPMA Food Policies), as well as the purchase of local harvest at the average international price during harvest time (April-June).
In an attempt to tackle this lack of raw materials, Egypt’s Government recently signed a deal with Iraq to receive crude oil supplies, in order to then refine the product and satisfy the national demand for gasoline, gas and fuel.
According to the Reuters news agency, fuel subsidies have been drastically reduced by the Government in an effort to curb national deficit. As a consequence, local fuel prices have lately surged 23%, as stated by an official announcement of the Egyptian Government, also because of a VAT-related inflationary spike of 13%.
This overall situation, together with the elevated cost of transportation in the country, has been inevitably compromising the import system in Egypt in the last years. Such measure aims to drive radical change and bridge the gap, encouraging a solid economic recovery in a new phase of the import-export dynamics that opens the door to interesting business opportunities.
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