Country Content Sections/Tabs

Country Content Sections/Tabs

Policy Information

Policy Information

Government Agency(s) / Competent Authority

Authorized Government Agency(s):

Ministry of Trade  and Industry

Agency(s) Contact Information:

Ministry of Trade  and Industry
2 Latin America Street, Garden City, Cairo
ZIP: 11512
Phone:    + 202. 27921193-94-95
Fax:    + 202-27957487

Egyptian Organization for Standardization and Quality Control 
16 Tadreeb el Motadarebeen Street
Ameriya, Cairo, Egypt
Phone: (2-02) 2603-1348 
Fax: (2-02) 2603- 1351

Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation (MALR) 
71 Wezaret El Zeraa Street 
Dokki, Cairo, Egypt 
Phone: (20-2) 3337-3388/2677 
Fax: (20-2) 3749-8128 

Organic Regulations and/or Standards

Name(s) of Regulation and/or Standard:

The Egyptian Organization For Standardization And Quality Control lists standards, including those concerning organic products:

Standard No. 7333 / 2011 Organic Products Maximum Limits Of Pesticides Residues And Heavy Metals
Standard No. 7264 / 2010 Organic Production and Labelling of Products
Standard No. 5733 / 2006 Organically Produced Foods - Definitions
Standard No. 5734 / 2006 Organically Produced Foods - Products And Preparation Of Animals And Animal Products
Standard No. 5735 / 2006 Organically Produced Foods- Products And Preparation Of Honey
Standard No. 5736 / 2006 Organically Produced Foods - Products And Preparation Of Planted
Standard No. 5737 / 2006 Organically Produced Foods – Labelling And Claims
Standard No. 5738 / 2006 Organically Produced Foods- Inspection And Certification Systems

Ministry of Trade and Industry Decree 993/2010

Date of Implementation: 2010

Regulation and/or Standard Scope:

The ministerial decree 993/2010 from Nov. 7, 2010 regulates the sale of organic and biodynamic goods states that manufacturers need to be accredited by specialised auditing companies. These auditing companies, as well as the manufacturers who receive the certification, need to register with the Egyptian Organization for Standardization and Quality (EOSQ). Manufacturers are not allowed to label their goods as organic without going through these procedures. Furthermore, EOSQ reserves the right to inspect manufacturers' premises. Should a certified farm not be up to standard, the auditing company that provided the farm with the certificate will be closed down. EOSQ maintains a directory including the names of accredited manufacturers and auditors.

Additional Information

USDA’S GAIN Report Egypt Retail Retail Sector Report (2021)
USDA’S GAIN Report Egypt Food Service - Hotel Restaurant Institutional (2020)
USDA’S GAIN Report Food Processing Ingredients (2021)
USDA’S GAIN Report Egypt Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative (2016)
USDA’S GAIN Report Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Export Certificate Report (2022)
USDA’S GAIN Report Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Country Report (2021)
USDA’S GAIN Report Egypt's Halal Certification and Policy (2020)
USDA’S GAIN Report Egypt Exporter Guide (2019)





Health and Wellness

Health and wellness is the aggregation of organic packaged food and beverages, fortified/functional packaged food and beverages, naturally healthy packaged food and beverages, better for you packaged food and beverages and food intolerance products.

Organic packaged foods and beverages

This category includes packaged food & beverages that are certified organic by an approved certification body. Organic production is based on:

• A system of farming that maintains and replenishes soil fertility without the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers.
• Organic food & beverages are minimally processed without artificial ingredients, preservatives or irradiation.
• The use of GMOs (Genetically Modified Organism) is prohibited. “Certified Organic” means the item has been grown according to strict uniform standards that are verified by independent state or private organizations.
• Depending on the country, such products are called ‘organic’, ‘biological’ or ‘ecological’: For organic products to be included under Euromonitor definitions, the organic aspect needs to form part of positioning/marketing of the product. This is an aggregation of organic baby food, bakery, confectionery, dairy, ice cream, oils and fats, ready meals, rice, sauces, dressings and condiments, snack bars, soups, spreads, sweet and savory snacks and other organic food.

Note that fresh food products or individual ingredients are not included in this definition.

Compound annual growth rate (CAGR)

The compound annual growth rate (CAGR) is the average annual growth rate over a specified period of time. For instance, the CAGR consumption of from 2018 – 2021 will be the average growth rates across these three years.

USDA GATS data clarification

The data presented in table 2.4 represents the dollar values of the top 5 organic commodities as well as of the total organic exports of the trade partner for the period 2018-2021 as per the United States Department of Agriculture’s Global Agricultural Trade System, a database consisting of international agricultural, fish, forest and textile products trade statistics dating from the inception of the Harmonized coding system in 1989 to present.