What personal effects are exempt from customs for tourists or returnees?

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10:01 AM

Tuesday 23 March 2021

Books – Mustafa Eid:

The draft executive regulations for the new customs law included several requirements for the application of the exemption decided for tourists or transit passengers, as well as requirements for residents of Egypt, especially upon return.

Clause 2 of Article 20 of the Customs Law No. 207 of 2020 stipulated that the personal effects of travelers, including tourists, transients, and residents of the country upon arrival and departure, shall be exempted from customs tax, according to the conditions, controls and limits determined by the executive regulations of this law.

According to Article 76 of the draft regulations, which the Ministry of Finance published on its website and put it up for community dialogue, these conditions for the application of the exemption for tourists and transients included that the personal belongings of the next tourist or transit should not exceed the following:

1- Used personal clothing.

2- All his photocopiers and other things that this group usually uses on their trips, whether they are new or used, as well as jewelry and personal jewelery that is with him, provided that they do not have the character of trading.

3- Medicines whenever they are for personal use and according to the assessment of the competent supervisory authority.

4- New things within the range of 10 thousand pounds, provided that they do not have the character of trading, and customs taxes and other taxes and fees are collected in excess of the exemption limit.

5- A cartridge of cigarettes (200 cigarettes) or 25 cigars or 200 grams of smoke, and a liter of alcoholic drinks, with the quantities of these items proven in the passport.

6- What is purchased for personal use from the duty-free shops established within the customs offices, within 48 hours of the passenger’s arrival, not exceeding 200 US dollars, provided that what he is allowed to buy of the types of alcoholic drinks does not exceed 2 liters and 2 cigarette cartridges, He is allowed to exchange one bottle of spirits for one carton of beer.

Those who have a marine passport and a special passport shall be treated the same on one of the two passports, and in the event that one or all of the family members are entitled to the exemption specified in the clause, the exemption limit shall be granted for each of them separately, and the value of the exemption may not be combined in one thing.

The aforementioned exemption is granted to the returnee in a manner that does not exceed 4 times per year with proof of this on the passport, provided that the owner of the passport is present in person, and the customs taxes and other taxes are collected in excess of the amount of the exemption referred to, according to the draft Customs Law bylaw.

The article also stipulated that for residents upon returning to Egypt, the personal belongings of the returnee should not exceed the following:

1- Personal effects and items affixed in the form in which he was proven when leaving the country.

2- New items intended for personal use, such as gifts, within the range of 10,000 pounds, and customs taxes and other taxes and fees are collected on what exceeds the exemption limit.

3- A cartridge of cigarettes (200 cigarettes) or 25 cigars or 200 grams of smoke, and a liter of alcoholic drinks, with the quantities of these items proven in the passport.

4- What was purchased for personal use from the duty-free shops established within the customs offices, within 48 hours of the passenger’s arrival, provided that the amount not exceeding 300 US dollars, provided that what he is allowed to buy of the types of alcoholic beverages does not exceed 2 liters, 2 cigarette and smoke cartridges And cologne, and he is allowed to exchange a bottle of alcoholic drinks with one carton of beer, provided that he does not enjoy the exemption stipulated in Clause 3.

Customs taxes and other taxes shall be collected in excess of the amount referred to according to the item with the highest category of purchased items, with proof of this on the passport, and provided that the owner of the passport is present in person at the time of purchase.

Those who have a marine passport and a private passport are treated the same on one of the two passports, and in the event that one or all of the family members are entitled to the exemption specified in the article, the exemption limit is granted for each of them separately, and the value of the exemption may not be combined in one thing.

The aforementioned exemption shall be granted to the returnee not exceeding twice a year, according to the draft regulations of the Customs Law.





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