Giza is a busy metropolitan city situated on the banks of the River Nile in Egypt. It’s the second largest suburb in the entire world after Yokohama, Japan. Driving can become quite congested on the busy city streets, and having to hire a taxi to come and go daily can become very expensive in a short amount of time. Moving your own personal car to Giza not only makes driving a more pleasurable experience, but it can ease the expenditures from having to hire a daily car to travel where you need to go. You will need an experienced auto transport company who is able to ship internationally. You will need to provide the company with your identifying paperwork such as a picture ID, social security or Tax ID number, and all necessary vehicle paperwork. You will also most likely need to sign a Power of Attorney paper that will give the company access to transport your car overseas.
Customs in Giza
Once you have the auto transport company to take care of shipping your car, you will also need to be aware of the customs regulations for importing your car into Giza, Egypt. Some of the regulations are listed here:
If you are not originally from Giza
If you are not originally from Giza you will need to show customs officials your passport as well as a Visa. Your Visa must have a minimum of a three-month residency stamp on it. You will also need your Shipping Bills, the key to your car so customs can access it, and a letter that authorizes customs to check. Your car has to be imported within 12 months of purchase and your name must be on the car title and paperwork Duty fees and taxes will be due upon customs check for the car. Expats who have relocated to Giza for work with the Egyptian Government can have the duty fee waived. Note that if the fee is waived you will only be allowed to have the car in Giza for up to six months and will then have to export it back to the U.S. for at least six months.
If you are from Giza and are returning home
If you are from Giza and returning home you will need the same paperwork as listed for non-citizens of Giza. Your car title must also verify you own the car and you will have to have the title notarized by the Egyptian Consulate. Your passport will have to show that you have been back in Giza for six months or less.
If you are a Diplomat
Just as with citizens and foreign travelers to Giza, Diplomats will need to show their verifying paperwork as well as an Egyptian Diplomatic ID and Clearing Letter from the Egypt Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It will most likely be best to ship your car separate from any household goods that you may be having shipped as it can take longer for a car to clear customs than it takes for personal items.
You may wish to contact the Embassy of Egypt for more information on importation laws as well as local policies or travel tips for Giza.
What Ways Can I Ship My Car?
There are two ways to ship overseas to Giza. The cost of shipping will be different for each type of shipping and your agent will go over the details on pricing with you. Before your car is shipped be sure that you have received a quote and know exactly what you must pay prior to as well as after the car is imported into Giza. Here are the ways that you can choose to ship your car from the United States to Giza, Egypt:
The most efficient type of international shipping that you will find. Easily rolled on and off the cargo ship and accessible to customs officials when the car arrives. The car must be cleared inside of any personal belongings prior to shipping.
Shipping in a container is a very convenient way to have your car as well as your home items shipped all at one time. Everything is loaded inside of a container for overseas shipment. It is recommended that when shipping to Giza you have two separate containers. One for your car and one for household items.
You can check the U.S Customs and Border Protection Agency website for more information on exporting from the U.S. and foreign policies. Your Auto transport agent is going to be your number one source of information on shipping laws and customs regulations for shipping to Giza as they work with international shipping on a daily basis and will have all of the information necessary for you to have your car shipped.
Written By:Joe Webster
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.