Cairo airport foils Egyptian passenger's attempt to smuggle 100 phones, 180 e-cigarettes

Aya Gamal, Sunday 2 Apr 2023

Customs authorities at Cairo International Airport foiled an Egyptian passenger’s attempt to smuggle 100 phones, 180 electronic cigarettes and their accessories, the Ahram Arabic news website reported on Sunday.



The contraband was discovered after the passsenger's baggage was scanned by an X-ray machine and manually inspected.

Egypt foiled 4,300 smuggling operations worth EGP 3.6 million at customs ports during the first two months of 2023, according to remarks last week by Head of the Egyptian Customs Authority El-Shahat Ghatori.

Mobile phones in Egypt have various fees and taxes imposed on them, leading to a noticeable rise – nearly 34 percent– in their prices locally.

These include a five percent development fee, a five percent fee for the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA), 14 percent value-added tax (VAT), and a 10 percent customs tax.

This comes in addition to the effect from the declining value of the Egyptian pound, which has lost nearly 100 percent of its value since March 2022 against the US dollar, which is traded currently at EGP 30.9.

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