EU challenges Egyptian import restrictions at the WTO
January 26, 2022
The EU has requested dispute settlement consultations at the World Trade Organization (WTO) with Egypt on the latter’s compulsory import registration requirements. The EU considers that these requirements violate WTO rules because they place import restrictions on a vast range of goods, from agricultural products to household appliances.
EU exports to Egypt of the goods concerned fell by 40% following the imposition of the compulsory import registration requirements in 2016.
Executive Vice-President and Commissioner for Trade, Valdis Dombrovskis, said: “The EU is today acting to defend EU exporters who are facing unfair restrictions in accessing the Egyptian market. These import restrictions are illegal under WTO rules and we regret that Egypt has not acted to remove these, despite our repeated requests and efforts to resolve this issue. This is why we are now taking the next step by requesting consultations at the WTO.”