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Egypt bans importing foodstuffs without a license from the National Food Safety Authority, starting January 16, 2021

Egypt bans importing foodstuffs without a license from the National Food Safety Authority, starting January 16, 2021

The National Food Safety Authority has issued the regulatory circular No. (1) for the year 2021, which prohibits the import of any foodstuffs except after obtaining a license from the National Food Safety Authority.

Egypt bans importing foodstuffs without a license from the National Food Safety Authority, starting January 16, 2021


Hussein Mansour, Chairman of the National Food Safety Authority, said that this publication comes within the framework of the authority’s role as the body responsible for controlling food resources, developing and updating control systems for imported food, as well as implementing control work on the basis of identifying risks taking into account the responsibilities of food importers. On the safety of food imports, with the aim of ensuring the validity and quality of those imports for the Egyptian consumer and providing him with optimum protection from food risks and contaminants, in addition to achieving and enhancing the efficiency of the final release of food imports by adopting control activities to be taken in the exporting country, and before importing food consignments to the Arab Republic of Egypt.


Mansour explained that this decision applies to every food establishment or importer of food, whether he is a natural person or undertakes the activity of importing food from abroad with the intention of re-using it or putting it up for sale in the local market, in implementation of Board Resolution No. 6 of 2020 issued on 7/16/ 2020 regarding the rules regulating the licensing of foodstuffs import.

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