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Egypt Approves Extension of Zero-Customs Car Import Initiative for Expats

  • The Egyptian Cabinet has approved the extension of the zero-customs car import initiative for expats for an additional three-month period.
  • The initiative allows expats to bring one personal-use vehicle to Egypt without incurring customs duties or taxes.
  • Participants are required to deposit the equivalent value of the customs duties in foreign currency, which is later refunded to them in Egyptian pounds.
  • The initiative generated around $763 million from 151,000 participating expatriates in its first phase.
  • The second phase has seen a surge in demand, with registration applications increasing threefold compared to the first phase.
  • The zero-customs initiative is part of Egypt’s efforts to increase revenues and address the scarcity of hard currency and mounting external debt.


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