Frequently asked questions about the Advanced Cargo Information System (ACI)

Any user dealing with Nafeza system, whether the importer, clearing agent or civil servant.
The new system does indeed reduce grievances, as the advance cargo information (ACI) system and the early commencement of procedures will help decision makers to finalize the procedures before the arrival of the shipment.
Under the Customs Law No. 207/2020, ACID must be added to all shipment documents.
Yes
Yes
An “ACID” is a unique reference number for a given shipment
Of course, through the e-portal of Nafeza system, all the different registered transactions can be reviewed.
There is no change and the currently implemented procedures are applied to the valuation process.
In accordance with the Minister of Finance Decree No. 38/2021, Article 3 Paragraph 7, the shipment data may be modified after the issuance of ACID number except for the two contractual parties (the importer or the goods owner - foreign exporter) before carrier departure from port of loading.
There are no fines for not using the ACID number.
Registering on the website and then sending documents to the nearest logistics centre (details can be found on Nafeza website)
The number cannot be changed.
Yes, there is currently a hotline for customer service and for responding to all inquiries which is 15460
Yes, this system applies to all shipments arriving to seaports in accordance with the Minister of Finance Decree No. 38/2021
It is preferable to use GS1 barcode, if not present it is necessary to specify the part number on the foreign exporter's invoice.
No
The path, whether red, green or yellow, is determined for all importers when the process starts and the declaration number 46 is issued.
If no GS1 code is available part number/product number should be specify
ACID number and its status are verified through Nafeza system via online service on Nafeza portal
The shipment identification number (ACID) consists of 19 digits
It is mandatory for each shipment.
So far, it will only be applied to incoming shipments pursuant to the Minister of Finance Decree No. 38/2021
Article 39 of the Customs Law No. 207/2020 (apply ACID to goods-related shipment documents) shall be implemented.
Yes.
The said restriction/case will apply 01/10/2021. Such shipment will be re-export as per the current procedures
We are currently considering the application of the system to passengers and ferries, and, according to the Minister of Finance Decree No. 38/2021, to maritime cargo. Trial operations will start on April 1st and become mandatory on October 1st.
Two accredited companies will be providing the electronic signature, namely Egypt Trust and Misr for Central Clearing (in exchange of ~ EGP 1,000 for the first signature and 500 for the annual renewal)
Issuing ACID no. and use of Nafeza platform are free for Egyptian importers. Exporters are mandated to pay $50 for ACI filing processing fee for each ACID number, along with blockchain document transfer cost as per price list of CargoX
The (ACID) number cannot be amended. Data amendment should take before carrier departure from port of loading.
No
Yes if available GS1 is preferable to facilitate procedures,
No.
Yes, the system retains such data
Yes.
If no GS1 code is available part number/product number should be specify
The advance cargo information decision applies to all shipments arriving at seaports and there are no exempted sea routes pursuant to the Minister of Finance Decree No. 38 of 2021
The (Customs Broker) or may perform the advance cargo information procedures by virtue of a delegation/power of attorney from the importer.
Currently air freight and land/border ports shipments
In this case, the customs procedures currently applied to cases involving waiver shall take place.
Article 73 of the Customs Law No. 207 of 2020 shall be applied
Documents can be electronically submitted be the importers
The importer or his/her delegated broker.
Yes.
Data and documents are registered on all shipments, separately for each shipment
All incoming shipments must be registered on ACI system
A power of attorney will be drawn up pursuant to Law 207/2020
Transit shipment processing takes place after cargo arrival and documents processing (i.e after ACI processing completion).
Pursuant to Ministerial Decision No. 38/2021, implementation will be piloted on April 1, 2021, and become mandatory on October 1, 2021. There are training materials for issuing ACID and remote data entry available on Nafeza's YouTube channel.
Any document can be uploaded when issued. Data and documents are uploaded by the foreign exporter on the blockchain platform (CargoX).
As of 1/4, implementation of the resolution will be piloted and will not be mandatory until 1/10.
The pro forma invoice can be attached before shipping and the commercial invoice can be attached in conjunction with the shipment.
Upon signing in to request the ACID, all items will be entered manually on Nafeza website prior to shipment.
First, create an account on Nafeza after completing the required documents (details can be found on Nafeza website). Then, visit Misr Al Makasa or Egypt Trust to obtain the electronic signature using the national card number.
The approved value will be determined immediately prior to entry into the 46 Customs ledger.
After the carrier signs in to Nafeza system to add the basic data for shipments for verification, sending the ACID to the carrier will be considered if information is available upon issuance.
The same codes that are currently used, but the ACID must be indicated on all shipping documents.
Any document can be uploaded when issued. Data and documents are uploaded by the foreign exporter on the blockchain platform (CargoX).
Shipping is approved by the Customs Authority in accordance with the import and regulatory controls required in the customs tariff appendices.
Shipping is approved by the Customs Authority in accordance with the import and regulatory controls required in the customs tariff appendices.
Both the exporter and importer can upload the inspection certificates issued by external entities.
Yes, according to the Minister of Finance's Decree No. 38/2021
The shipping agent uploads the manifest directly on Nafeza system.
Manifest data entered 48 hours before ship arrival and until 24 hours after ship arrival.
It will be no longer possible for documents to be automatically attached by the concerned party when parcels are being prepared for customs inspection.
According to Action No. 6 of the Minister of Finance's Decree No. 222 of 2021, "a clarification of the cargo load in terms of the items data, including the item code, whether GS1 or any other numbering system".
According to the Minister of Finance's Decree No. 222 of 2021, foreign exporters shall send the shipment data and documents electronically to Nafeza system through the Blockchain platform.
The validity period of the shipment identification number starts from the date of its issuance and at the end of 3 months and the person concerned has not taken any action on shipping
As long as the data of the foreign exporter and the Egyptian importer differ on the consolidated bills of lading, separate ACIDs must be issued for each sub-bill.
As granted by the main account officer.
Pilot system until 30/9.
Yes, if there are more than one account on Nafeza (an e-Token is issued for each account).
The concerned party or his delegated customs brokers can register on Nafeza.
The system only works for imports so far.
No
Registering on Nafeza system and then obtaining the e-Token from Misr Al Maksa or Egypt Trust and listing advance cargo information before the shipping date.
It is possible if the person listing advance cargo information who is registered on Nafeza is the one signing the tax bill. If not, an e-Token must be issued for him.
Under the Minister of Finance's Decree No. 38 of 2021 (Article 3.7), data may be modified after issuance of the ACID and before shipment, with the exception of the trade parties.
Outside the jurisdiction of the Customs Authority and Nafeza system.
Under the Minister of Finance's Decree No. 38 of 2021 (Article 3.7), data may be modified after issuance of the ACID and before shipment, with the exception of the trade parties.
The ACID is listed on the electronic file Euro1.
In accordance with the Minister of Finance's Decree No. 38 of 2021, information and documents related to goods shall be submitted electronically to the Customs Authority.
All shipments received in seaports are subject to the advance cargo information system to issue the ACID upon approval of the Customs Authority.
The foreign exporter must register on the blockcahin platform CargoX.
After registration on Nafeza system. The person who registered must be the one who obtains the e-Token.
The documents required for registration on Nafeza are: commercial register, tax card, customs card.
All information is available on Nafeza. (https://www.nafeza.gov.eg/media/files/ACI-Shipping-Lines-Guide.pdf)
All information is available on Nafeza. (https://www.nafeza.gov.eg/media/files/ACI-Shipping-Lines-Guide.pdf)
According to Customs Resolution No. 207/2020 and Ministerial Resolution No. 38/2021, the carrier adds the ACID to the shipping documents of incoming goods.
If the carrier data is available, Nafeza will send the ACID to it.
All information is available on Nafeza. (https://www.nafeza.gov.eg/media/files/ACI-Shipping-Lines-Guide.pdf)
All information is available on Nafeza. (https://www.nafeza.gov.eg/media/files/ACI-Shipping-Lines-Guide.pdf)
Importers data is available in Arabic.
Yes
Importer data can be accessed through Nafeza system.
You can check through Nafeza system using each shipment's data (ACID- shipper "foreign exporter" number - Egyptian importer number).
The ACID can issued only if the shipment's basic data (Egypt importer - foreign exporter- goods type) is available.
Amending the quantity after shipment and after obtaining the initial ACID number shall be with the same amendment procedures currently in force and the provisions contained in the Customs Law 207 of 2020 shall be applied.
In accordance with the Minister of Finance's Decree No. 38/2021, Article 3.7, shipment data may be modified after issuance of ACID except for the two trade parties (the importer or the goods owner - foreign exporter) before shipment.
From Misr Al Makasa and Egypt Trust.
The ACID must be added to all documents according to Article 39 of the Customs Law No. 39/2020.
What matters is who issued the invoice and not the product.
19 digits (figures only)
All information is available on Nafeza. (https://www.nafeza.gov.eg/media/files/ACI-Shipping-Lines-Guide.pdf)
The deadline for obtaining the Customs approval for shipment is 48 hours before shipment from the shipping port in the export country. Customs will grant approval within a maximum of 48 hours from the ACID request.
You can change the invoice number before starting the declartion process and the issuance of No. 46.
ACID is optional on 1/4 and becomes mandatory on 1/10.
Register on Nafeza System through Nafeza website (all instructions and guidelines are available on the website)
ACID is issued for each shipment separately.
Yes, pursuant to a delegation by the concerned party to the broker.
The broker who obtained a delegation from the concerned party enters the data for shipments sent to ministries or government entities.
Refer in this matter to the Customs Authority
There is no maximum.
Advance cargo information precedes issuance of the delivery order. Therefore, the importer is the one who enters the data.
The details of registering on CargoX are available on Nafeza, and you only register once.
The ACI Advance Cargo Information system will be applied to shipments that will be shipped from abroad as of 10/1/2021
Same procedures followed now.
Both the applicant and declaration owner fields must be filled out.
If it is the same trip and means of transport, it is permissible to request only one ACID.
This can be done to issue the ACID. However, the foreign exporter must be registered on CargoX to be able to send the document.
No documents will be submitted to the Logistics Center. Documents sent by the foreign exporter through CargoX will be the ones used.
They are dealt with according to customs procedures.
The registration number of the foreign exporter is the tax registration number or the commercial registration number (if it does not have a tax record).
No.
The part number or item code available with the foreign exporter shall be used.
In accordance with the required import and regulatory restrictions under the customs tariff appendices.
According to the Minister of Finance's Decree No. 222 of 2021, foreign exporters shall send the shipment data and documents electronically to Nafeza system through the Blockchain platform.
The ACID is issued for each shipment separately and must be indicated on all shipment documents.
According to the Minister of Finance's Decree No. 222 of 2021, foreign exporters shall send the shipment data and documents electronically to Nafeza system through the Blockchain platform.
As long as the data of the foreign exporter and the Egyptian importer differ on the consolidated bills of lading, separate ACIDs must be issued for each sub-bill.
The bill of lading data is sent by the carrier, and the foreign exporter can send an electronic copy of the bill of lading.
A single ACID will be issued on the condition that the goods are on the same trip and the same means of transport.
A single ACID number may be issued for a shipment with more than one foreign exporter.
What matters is the foreign exporter who is responsible for issuing the invoice and sending documents on the blockchain platform CargoX.
All information is available on Nafeza.
As long as the data of the foreign exporter and the Egyptian importer differ on the consolidated bills of lading, separate ACIDs must be issued for each sub-bill. The bill of lading is split upon goods arrival at the port according to currently followed procedures.
The bill of lading data is sent by the carrier, and the foreign exporter can send an electronic copy of the bill of lading. ACID is issued for each shipment separately.
A separate ACID must be issued for each sub-bill.
Yes, and risks are applied when requesting the ACID using the data available when the request is submitted.
In accordance with the required import and regulatory restrictions under the customs tariff appendices.
The foreign exporter can upload more than one invoice.
All information is available on Nafeza. (https://www.nafeza.gov.eg/media/files/ACI-Shipping-Lines-Guide.pdf)
Documents must be sent by the issuer of the document or declaration. In this case, the foreign exporter is the issuer of the commercial invoice and packing list, and the carrier/shipping agent is the issuer of the bill of lading.
In accordance with the the Minister of Finance's Decrees No. 38 and No. 222 of 2021, the customs broker can apply for the ACID and complete the pre-clearance procedures.
In accordance with the Minister of Finance's Decree No. 222 of 2021, foreign exporters must be registered on the blockchain platform CargoX.
Any document can be uploaded when issued. Data and documents are uploaded through the foreign exporter on the blockchain platform (CargoX).
As long as the data of the foreign exporter and the Egyptian importer differ on the consolidated bills of lading, separate ACIDs must be issued for each sub-bill. The foreign exporter is the one responsible for uploading documents on the blockchain platform CargoX.
The part number or item code available with the foreign exporter shall be used.
Approval or rejection is carried out in accordance with the required import and regulatory restrictions under with the customs tariff appendices.
The amendment after shipment and after obtaining the initial ACID number shall be with the same amendment procedures currently in force and the provisions contained in the Customs Law 207 of 2020 apply.
As long as all invoices are all related to one import declaration, there can be as many invoices as needed. All invoices need to be uploaded separately
For the time being (at the moment), MTS supports only PDF for unstructured data. MTS is working on structured data for invoices, which could be already sent today in Excel format.
One ACI filing can have multiple B/Ls, invoices and envelopes, as long as they are all on the same vessel
The exporter can wait and submit ACI whenever they are ready. (They are usually ready after the ship departs.) There’s no harm in sending the documents late, but the importer won’t be able to leverage just-in-time clearance. There are no penalties for being late, but there might be external costs associated with it (e.g. demurrage, security…)

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