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Capital City



Egyptian Pound (EGP)

Volume of Trade

Percentage of Muslim

90 %

GDP per Capita (Nominal)

12,700 $


As a member of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and The Standards and Metrology Institute for Islamic Countries (SMIIC), almost 90% of nearly 100 million population of Egypt is Muslim. It is represented by the Egyptian Quality Control and Standardization Organization (EOS) at SMIIC. Egypt is on the Halal Food (TC 1), Halal Cosmetics (TC 2), Agricultural Products (TC 6), Terminology (TC 15) and Handicraft (TC 17) technical committees and the Conformity Assessment Standards Committee (CCA). Egypt is also a member of the SMIIC Accreditation Council.
While Brazil, India, Sudan and Paraguay are the leading countries in Egypt's livestock and meat imports, Egypt is also the biggest export market of the USA on cattle offal. On the other hand, although Egypt has banned meat imports from the EU countries due to animal diseases since the 1990s, it signed an agreement with Ireland to pave the way for meat imports from Ireland owing to its successful combat against animal diseases. 

Halal Certification Activities

Halal certification activities in the country are carried out by the Egyptian Organization for Standards & Quality (EOS). In addition to foods, cosmetics and personal care products are also certified for halal.
Halal certification is mandatory for food products to be imported. Exporters are required to provide a halal slaughter certificate that verifies animals are slaughtered according to Islamic requirements by the country's Islamic affairs institution.
A joint stock company ISEGHALAL was established with the Prime Ministrial Decree No. 35/2020.[1] The main stakeholders of this public company is the Egyptian Government, Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Agriculture and Land Reclamation, and the General Directorate of Export and Import Control, of the Ministry of Trade and Industry. ISEGHALAL is projected to be the only official Egyptian organization responsible for issuing halal certificates for foreign products to be imported into the Arab Republic of Egypt. EOS, another subsidiary of the Ministry of Trade and Industry, has a 2% share in ISEGHALAL which has two branches in overseas, one in New Jersey, USA and the second one is in the capital of Uruguay, Mondevideo. As of May 1, 2019, halal certificates issued other than ISEGHALAL in the United States are no longer eligible for exporting goods to Egypt. For this reason, there is an increase in halal certification costs for products that will go to the Egyptian market from the United States.
Despite the high Muslim population and high investments in halal tourism, the continuity of security-related problems is the most important obstacle to the development of halal tourism.

In a report of COMCEC, it is stated that the number of incoming Muslim tourists to Egypt will increase by 7.4% from 700 thousand people in 2015 to 1 million by 2020. An increase in per capita expenditures is expected as well as the number of tourists.

Halal Certification Bodies

Egyptian Organization for Standardization & Quality (EOS)
Halal Food Association of Egypt
Authorized Institutions
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