On Sunday November 13, the Egyptian prime minister declared that the Egyptian General Organization for Export and Import Control (GOEIC) will now replace the quarantine authority as the administrative department responsible for inspecting strategic agricultural imports, including wheat, feed corn and soybeans. The GOEIC will have sole responsibility for inspecting wheat and other agricultural imports under its purview. While GOEIC will be responsible for all inspections of these commodities, it will continue to use plant quarantine officials by subcontracting experts from plant quarantine to do the required testing for imported cargoes at discharge. In light of these changes, the Ministry of Trade and Industry will issue a decree in the coming weeks regarding the importation process and procedures for pre-inspection, discharge inspection and re-sampling process.
Read the Ministry’s decree here. For more information, please click here.