CAIRO - 17 April 2022: The Egyptian Export and Import Control Authority decided to stop many brands eligible to export their products to Egypt.
According to the decision of the Official Gazette, the suspension of these trademarks came due to the expiry of the validity period specified to complete the renewal of documents for registration, and its violation of Ministerial Resolution No. (43) which stipulates the need to create a register for factories and companies owning trademarks eligible to export products at the Control Authority.
The most prominent companies whose products were banned from entering Egypt as a result of being removed from the registry of the Egyptian Export and Import Control Authority are the Saudi Almarai Company, Mobaco for Industry and Trade, the South Korean LG, Dania Foods Ltd., the Jordanian Furniture Manufacturing Company, and the Middle East Pharmaceutical Industries.
As well as Al Karama Company for the production of pastries, Tiger Pack for Trade and Industry, the Middle East for Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., and the Arab Company for Spinning, Textiles and Blankets,
Minister of Trade and Industry, Nevine Gamea had issued a decision to amend some provisions and items of Ministerial Resolution No. 43 of 2016 regarding amending the rules governing the registration of factories qualified to export their products to Egypt, provided that the decision shall be implemented from the day following the date of its publication in the Egyptian Gazzette, noting that the decision comes within the framework of the state’s efforts to facilitate procedures for the business community and facilitate the movement of import and export.
The minister said that the decision stipulates the cancellation of the third paragraph of Article One of Resolution 43, which stipulates that “a decision shall be issued by the Minister concerned with foreign trade, who shall be exempted from any or all of the registration requirements in the cases he decides.”
The decision also stipulated replacing the third item with Article Two of Resolution No. 43 so that “registration in the aforementioned register shall take place as soon as the documents are submitted in full, provided that the person concerned delivers evidence of registration within a period not exceeding 15 days from the date of completing the required documents, In the event of doubts about the validity of the submitted documents, the registration in the register shall not take place until after verifying their authenticity, and upon the request of the registration applicant, the company or factory may be inspected to ensure the authenticity of the documents, after the approval of the Minister concerned with foreign trade.
Gamea added that the decision added 3 new clauses to the second article of Resolution No. 43 stipulating that “it is permissible to submit documents for registration through the embassies and consulates of the governments of the countries concerned,” and to “renew documents that have a validity date within a period not exceeding 30 days from the date of of expiry, and “publish what is recorded or written off monthly in the Egyptian Gazette and on the website of the General Organization for Export and Import Control.”
She pointed out that the decision added two new articles with numbers (the second bis) and (the second bis 1), where the second article bis 1 states “the establishment of a committee, by a decision of the minister concerned with foreign trade, to look into complaints of non-registration or write-off from the registry and submit the grievance to the Agreements and Foreign Trade Sector to be presented to the Grievances Committee.
The grievance shall be resolved within a period not exceeding 15 days from the date of its submission, and the complainant shall be notified of the reasons for non-registration or cancellation and the corrective measures that must be taken on his part to re-register.
The second article bis stipulates that “the cancellation from the register shall be effected by a reasoned decision issued by the President of the General Organization for Export and Import Control in cases of missing any of the registration requirements. The decision to cancel may be appealed to the aforementioned grievance committee within 60 days from the date of notifying the person concerned.”