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Exporting from the EU - what you need to know

The Market Access Database (MADB) gives information to companies exporting from the EU about import conditions in third country markets:


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  • 03-Apr-2020 Egypt Amendments as regards procedures administered by the National Food Safety Authority (NFSA), product conformity requirements and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Egypt. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Procedures Administered by the National Food Safety Authority (NFSA)

    Pursuant to Circular No. 1 of 13 January 2020, all companies engaged in food manufacturing activities, including companies in which imported raw materials are used as production input, must be registered with the National Food Safety Authority (NFSA) as of 1 February 2020.
    Moreover, imported foodstuffs covered by Ministerial Decree No. 991 of 2015 (as amended by Decree No. 43 of 2016 of the Ministry of Trade and Industry), i.e. for which a Registration of Foreign Manufacturers Qualified to Export Their Products to Egypt with the General Organization for Export and Import Control (GOEIC) is mandatory, will be directed via the internal electronical network to the NFSA after having received an initial import approval from the GOEIC. Consequently, the responsibility for the Inspection of Agricultural Products, Foodstuffs and Articles Intended to Come into Contact with These is henceforth being carried out by the NFSA. The corresponding Circulars Nos. 1 and 2 of 2020 have been published by the Egyptian Customs Authority (ECA) on 27 January 2020 and transpose the Food Safety Regulations No. 412 of 2019.
    For more information, please refer to the section on Foodstuffs in this overview.

    Product Conformity Requirements

    By virtue of Decree No. 7 of 2020 and further decrees, the Ministry of Trade and Industry announced the temporary suspension of inspection companies' mandates for one or several countries of exportation. Usually, such suspensions are in effect for half a year. For more information, the following website of the GOEIC may be viewed: Details of the conformity assessment procedure are also provided in the chapter on Assessment of Product Conformity below and the documents listed therein. The quoted paragraph has furthermore been enhanced with information on the possibility to obtain the mandatory Certificate of Conformity by means other than a physical inspection of each consignment; please turn to the mentioned section for particulars.

    Other Changes

    Please refer to the corresponding chapter below for information on trade-related News, in particular as regards the temporary waiver of certification and legalisation requirements for exporters' documents.
  • 03-Apr-2020 Togo Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 03-Apr-2020 Mozambique Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation