Egypt imported ice cream and other edible ice with value of about EGP 41m in the period from January to October 2016, according to Baseera.
Egypt imported ice cream by $1.419m from across the world in 2016, compared to $2.2m in 2015.
Data acquired from Trade Map website shows that France came in the first place, exporting ice cream to Egypt by $657,000 in 2016, compared to $ 909,000 in 2015, followed by Spain by $245,000 in 2016 compared by$221,000 in 2015. The United States of America came in the third place in exporting ice cream to Egypt by $243,000 in 2016, compared by $664,000 in 2015. The United Arab Emirates came first among the Arab world and fourth around the world, exporting ice cream to Egypt by $132,000 in 2016, compared to $175,000 in 2015.
Italy came in the fifth place in exporting ice cream to Egypt by $ 53,000 in 2016, compared to $28,000 in 2015, while Saudi Arabia came in the seventh place in exporting ice cream to Egypt by $42,000 in 2016, which was decreased compared to $127,000 in 2015.
Meanwhile, countries that previously exported ice cream to Egypt such as Bahrain, Canada, China, Germany, Japan, Jordan, The Netherlands, Turkey, and United Kingdom, did not export to Egypt in 2016, with a very little value of exports in 2015.
This may be due to decree No 43 / 2016 issued by the Minister of Industry and Foreign Trade Tarek Kabil stipulating that foreign factories exporting products to Egypt must create a record at the General Organisation for Export and Import Control (GOEIC) in early 2016.
According to the decree, commercial imports will not be accepted or allowed into the country unless they are produced in registered factories, or come from trademarks or distribution centres that are registered in this record.