Egypt is digitalizing the advance cargo information (ACI) process. ACI requires cargo data and documents to be submitted at the time of cargo departing from the export country, to enable stakeholders to monitor any risk to the Egyptian citizens.
Technically ACI consists of the Nafeza platform (where Egyptian importers submit information to customs), and the CargoX Platform. Egyptian government selected the neutral and open CargoX Platform as a channel through which exporters will submit ACI documents directly to Egyptian customs using the public blockchain document transfer technology.
Following a public pilot period that started on 1. April 2021, ACI for Sea Freight became mandatory on 1. October 2021. All Egyptian importers are required to use the Nafeza platform to register incoming shipments and all foreign exporters are required to use the CargoX Platform to complete ACI for Sea Freight filing over the blockchain. No exceptions.
From the 15th of May 2022, the public pilot ACI for Air Freight begins. On the 1st of October 2022, the ACI for Air Freight will become mandatory for all exporters to Egypt who will be required to submit all necessary documentation related to air shipments upfront and digitally.
With the newly introduced delegations feature on the CargoX Platform, the exporter company can now invite another registered and validated company (freight forwarders, agents, and similar specialists) to become its representative for ACI filings to the Egyptian Customs Authority.
For more information about ACI visit Egyptian custom’s official webpage:
https://www.nafeza.gov.eg/en/download-center/Carriers%20Guide/1192 (Advanced cargo information system carriers guide)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NjimuIYyUs (ACI introduction)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggyGNR-HVWY (ACI process explanation)
To continue the process on the CargoX, visit the CargoX ACI user's manual:
You can read more about CargoX at https://cargox.io