Egypt has much to gain from increased transparency of regulations, procedures, and better-defined rules of origin, according to the ITC survey on non-tariff measures in 2011. Nearly 40% of surveyed companies in Egypt are affected by regulatory and procedural trade obstacles. Agri-food exporters struggle with strict tolerance limits in Europe and labelling requirements in Arab States. Rules of origin and certification stand out as challenges for manufacturing exporters; administrative and infrastructural challenges increase compliance difficulties. For importers, conformity assessments, charges and taxes top the list of challenges. The results underline the need to better implement existing trade agreements for competitiveness and regional integration.
Publication Date: 10 May 2016