Baggage Shipping to Egypt
Egypt is a large country in the north of Africa, on the Mediterranean Sea, located beside Libya, Sudan and Israel. Egypt is known for its ancient monuments, including the Temple of Hatshepsut, the Great Sphinx and many pyramids. Also a great draw for tourists are the many holiday resorts located along the country’s coastline, which easily rival southern European resorts. To find out about Send My Bag’s shipping service to Egypt please read on:
Why Ship to Egypt?
You may be going on holiday to Egypt with plans to enjoy one of the all-inclusive seaside resorts, or to visit the country’s many historical sites. Either way, sending your luggage with Send My Bag means that you can bring with you many clothes and other essentials to see you through to the end of your visit, while avoiding potential excess baggage fees and the hassle of waiting around at baggage drop or luggage carousels.
You might wish to engage in some outdoor activities while you are in Egypt, such as diving, snorkelling or playing golf. In this case you will need to bring heavy equipment and specialist clothing with you. Send My Bag can help by shipping these oversized items, allowing you to use your own familiar equipment rather than having to hire equipment when you arrive.
Send My Bag’s carrier service is also great for students that are relocating to Egypt to study or to complete research. Being able to ship their possessions to Egypt makes it a lot easier for students to transition to a new way of life abroad.
Ways of Shipping to Egypt
If you are going on a getaway to Egypt – perhaps to enjoy some snorkelling or diving in the Red Sea – or if you are moving to Egypt to study or to live, you will need to bring your possessions with you somehow. To make a decision about how best to do this, you should be aware of the various options available for shipping items to Egypt. Here are some of them below:
Send Luggage to Egypt
An easy option is to send your luggage and boxes to Egypt with Send My Bag. This is a great solution if you are going on an activity break to Egypt and you need to bring lots of specialist clothing or sporting equipment. Students and researchers can also benefit from being able to bring more of their possessions with them than they could bring on a plane. Send My Bag takes care of your luggage for you, allowing you to focus on exploring Egypt. To find out more about sending luggage to Egypt, visit our ‘How it works’ page, or our ‘FAQs’.
Send golf clubs to Egypt
You may not be aware that Egypt has a considerable number of golf courses. Among the best are Allegria, Katameya Dunes and Taba Heights. If you would like to sample the courses in this less than obvious location, then you don’t have to rent golf clubs when you are there, but can ship your own clubs with Send My Bag. This will allow you to travel without being weighed down by heavy clubs. You can also avoid oversized baggage fees from your airlines by sending your golf clubs. Read more about how to send golf clubs with Send My Bag, including how best to pack up your golf clubs.
Removals to Egypt
If you are thinking of moving to Egypt permanently, or if you are considering accepting a lengthy work contract there, you will have to consider international removals to Egypt in order to take your possessions with you. Before you give anything to the movers, however, do pack everything up carefully so that it all arrives in one piece.
student shipping to Egypt
Egypt has a number of top-class universities and many valuable archives. Popular universities include the American University in Cairo, Cairo University and Ain Shams University. If you are a student moving to Egypt to study or do research, you will need to bring a lot of possessions with you, such as your course textbooks and many other everyday items, like clothes and DVDs, so shipping your possessions is a useful option. Read more about student shipping on our student removals page and find out how to receive your student discount.
Sending a parcel to Egypt
Sending a parcel to Egypt is a good option if you leave some items at home when you move to Egypt. It’s simple to send a parcel to Egypt with Send My Bag. You can just ask a friend or family member to put the forgotten items in a box and send them on to you. Or, friends can send you care packages to help remind you of home. Make sure you choose a sturdy box when sending a parcel to Egypt and tape it up well so nothing gets damaged in transit. Find out more about sending a parcel and learn what you can send with Send My Bag and how to package your items.
If you need to send more than parcels, baggage and luggage to Egypt, you could look into the following options for shipping items internationally, especially if you need to send large items like a table or a sofa:
Air Freight to Egypt
You could try air freight to send large bulky items like a snooker table or a bed. This kind of service usually takes one to two days but can be quite an expensive option. The bigger/ heavier your shipment, the more you will have to pay. You will probably also have to pay for the services of a customs agent to look after customs clearance for you, and you need to think about the cost of getting your items to and from the airport. The price could, therefore, quickly mount up. If you send internationally by air freight to Egypt your items will likely arrive at one of the major airports such as Cairo Airport or Alexandria Airport.
Sea Freight and Container Shipping to Egypt
You could opt instead for sea freight or container shipping to transport your possessions to Egypt. This is another option for big bulky items. Since sea freight can take a number of weeks, it is best if you don’t need to receive your items immediately. This option can be cheaper than air freight, but you will still need to use the services of a customs agent and will need to arrange how to get your items to and from the ports. This means the cost could be more than expected. When using container shipping to Egypt, your items will likely arrive at the Port of Damietta or Port Said.
Shipping Goods to Egypt
You must make yourself aware of current customs rules when shipping goods to Egypt. Make sure you know about any duty that you need to pay and what items are allowed to be shipped to Egypt, which items are restricted, and which are entirely prohibited. Take a look at the section below on ‘What can I send to Egypt? What items are restricted?’
Important Egypt Customs Information
Consignee will need to present their Passport and Entry stamp to Egyptian customs before the items will be released for final delivery. Therefore, if sending items ahead of your travels, items will only be cleared once the consignee is in the country.
If the consignee of the shipment is unable to provide customs with the required information within 3 days of the shipments arrival, Egyptian customs will charge a storage fee of roughly 3 EGP per kilo, per day.
General Customs Information
Most countries offer a generous duty free allowance for personal effects and the majority of Send My Bag shipments worldwide will not be stopped by customs.
Items that have been in your possession for more than 6 months usually qualify as personal effects. If your bag is stopped by Egyptian customs and officials find brand new or commercial items your shipment may be assessed for customs duties and taxes. Please keep this in mind if sending Christmas gifts. You should check with Egyptian customs so you are aware of potential customs duties, follow any advice given and attach all necessary documentation.
To demonstrate that you are sending only personal effects, you will be required to complete a brief non-generic packing list online, which should be filled out as follows: "2 x Linen Jacket, 3 x Pairs of Sandals, 5 x Cotton Trousers", and so on, rather than as "10 x Used Clothing".
Customs processes and allowances do vary by country and so we advise all travellers to take 5 minutes to check how their personal circumstances and what they are sending will be assessed under prevailing Egyptian customs regulations.
More information is available on our customs information page.
What can I send to Egypt? What items are restricted?
With Send My Bag™ you can travel with almost everything you would normally find in a vacation suitcase. For security and customs reasons, however, certain items are prohibited. Please find these listed below.
- Aerosols or any other pressurised containers;
- Liquids, Pastes and Gels of any type (including nail varnish and perfume);
- Toner Cartridges;
- Loose Batteries & Power Banks;
- No more than 1 device containing a battery in line with our battery policy;
- Animals and Animal products;
- Firearms and firearm parts, ammunition, explosives, weapons (including imitations and toys of same);
- Flowers and plant products;
- Human remains or ashes;
- Medical samples;
- Items that require a temperature controlled environment;
- Prescription drugs and pharmaceutical products;
- Religious Artefacts
- Foodstuffs, perishable, animal origin and controlled food articles and beverages including, but not limited to: Fruit & vegetables, dairy products (including dried products containing dairy such as protein powder), meat, fish, nuts, seeds, wine, beer, spirits and champagne; or
- Packages that are wet, leaking or emit an odour of any kind;
- Valuables and high value items including but not limited to antiques, paintings, jewellery, precious stones and electrical equipment (low value electrical equipment is permitted but sent at the owner's risk);
- Cash or other forms of tradeable currency;
- Credit cards;
- Passports or other confidential personal documentation;
- Irreplaceable items;
- Other Dangerous / hazardous goods;
- Counterfeit goods;
- Other illegal or restricted goods.
More information is available under section 11 of our terms of service.
Items excluded from cover
The following items will be accepted but are sent at your risk and are not included under complimentary cover:
- Electrical Items, including but not limited to; Tablets, Cell Phones, Computers, Hi-Fis, TVs.
- Glass & Porcelain.
- Any other non standard excess baggage items.
If you choose to send any of the above please ensure you package the item appropriately, for example a TV inside a suitcase is not appropriate.
Egypt’s capital city of Cairo is the largest city in the whole of Africa with a very high population density. It is also heavily populated with places of interest to occupy the most energetic of travellers. Things to visit include the Gizeh Plateau, the Egyptian Antiquities Museum, the Saqqara Pyramids, the Mohamed Ali Mosque, and many more linked to Egypt’s ancient past as home to one of the most powerful dynasties in history.
There is also plenty to see in other regions of Egypt. The city of Alexandria is another treasure trove of historical sites and museums. Here you can visit the Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa or peruse the collections in the Alexandria National Museum or the Royal Jewelery Museum.
Egypt’s coastal resorts are loved by holidaymakers, who can enjoy snorkelling, scuba diving, wind surfing and many other water sports there. Popular areas for holidaymakers include Sharm El Sheikh, Nabq Bay and Hurghada.
Egypt has a desert climate with hot summers and mild winters. The average temperature in Cairo in January is 14°C (56°F), and 28°C (82°F) in July. In the springtime Egypt can also experience dust storms, which are known as hamsin.