This Decision regulates the procedures and requirements to obtain a license to import food into the Arab Republic of Egypt. This measure is necessary to ensure the safety and compliance of imported food. In addition, this decision lays down the administrative and financial obligations of the food importers, the enforcement measures and the responsibilities of NFSA.
This decision has provided a six months transitional period for currently operating food importers to obtain the stipulated license and be registered at NFSA in order to ensure the smooth flow of trade and avoid any trade disruptions.
This measure will enhance the clearance procedures of imported food consignments by requiring the importers to verify the application of the relevant preventive measures by foreign suppliers, as well as the ability to ensure optimum traceability of products.
Moreover, NFSA has issued this decision to enhance its ability to control and evaluate food importers and ensure their compliance with the food safety requirements. Moving forward, the history of food importers’ compliance with requirements will be an essential pillar of assessing the risk of imported food consignments.
These new rules will have an impact on the protection of the consumer against the risks associated with imported food.