Uncertainty in wheat imports to Egypt

Standard Club has issued a web alert relating to uncertainty in the import of wheat affected by Ergot Fungus in Egypt. In September 2016 the Egyptian Cabinet reinstated the Egyptian Standard Specifications (2010) on all wheat shipments, which set the Ergot Fungus percentage limit at 0.05%.

A recent application by an Egyptian citizen to the Administrative Court alleging danger to the health of the Egyptian people led to that court suspending the decision to import Russian wheat affected by Ergot fungi and the import of present and future shipments.

Standard Club’s local correspondents Eldib P&I have warned that a further period of uncertainty was likely as the government said that it intended to appeal the said court decision.

The head of the General Organization for Import and Export Control (GOEIC) stated that the judgment of the Administrative Court was not final. Therefore GOEIC would continue to receive the wheat consignments imported and would stick by the Ergot tolerance percentage of 0.05%.