Connecting Egypt to the world

MSC has been helping customers to ship cargo to and from Egypt since 1999. Today, we are proud to say that we are a market leader, moving cargo across 200 global routes. 

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Detention, demurrage, Per Diem and storage charges

What is detention?

Detention is the charge applicable, after the free time expires, for the use of the carrier’s full container inside the marine terminal, railroad facilities or container yard. This charge can also apply while the container is undergoing Egypt customs inspections, or while the cargo inside the container is being reworked for safety reasons.  

What are storage charges?

A storage charge is applicable, after the free time expires, for containers left inside the rail ramp or container yard (for the use of the land).

What is demurrage?

Demurrage is the charge applicable, after the free time expires, inside and outside the terminal for the use of the land. 
In case of a demurrage dispute, email (email subjectable  B/L number.), describing the reasons for your dispute. 

What is Per Diem?

In case of Per Diem disputes, email , mentioning the b/l number in the email subject. Please describe the reasons for your dispute 
Our dispute team will come back to you within 48 business hours.

SOLAS VGM information

What is VGM?

Verified Gross Mass or VGM refers to the exact, verified weight of a packed container. For safety reasons, vessel operators can only load a container if its weight has been verified.

What do I need to include in my VGM instructions?

You must include the following on all VGM instructions:

  • Booking or Bill of Lading (BL) number
  • Container number
  • VGM + weight measurement unit (lbs. or kgs.)
  • Responsible Party Name
  • Digital signature of the authorised signatory in all CAPITAL LETTERS.

How can I submit my VGM instructions?

  • myMSC (Free of Charge) 
  • EDI (via INTTRA; GT NEXUS; Cargo Smart)
  • Manually (via INTTRA; GT NEXUS; Cargo Smart)


Prohibited cargo

It is illegal to bring the following items into or out of Egypt

  • Articles containing dog or cat fur 
  • Designated plants 
  • Absinthe (if not compliant with specific regulations) 
  • Matches containing white phosphorus 
  • Ceramic tableware the lead content in the glaze of which exceeds a certain limit 
  • Jadeites or rubies (whether contained in jewellery or not) mined in Myanmar 
  • Gold coins if originating in specific countries (e.g. Cuba, Iran, Myanmar, Sudan) 
  • Counterfeit money 
  • Certain weapons, e.g. specific switchblade knives 
  • Media with immoral or seditious content, such as child pornography
  • Goods prohibited in the scope of economic sanctions, e.g. all Cuban-made articles or merchandise from Iran, Myanmar or Sudan 

 View the full list of prohibited and restricted goods.

  • Narcotics and some medication containing prohibited substances 
  • Absinthe (or other alcohols containing Artemisia absinthium) 
  • Endangered species that have not been outlined by CITES. To view the full list, visit the dedicated CITES page
  • Items infringing trade and copyright regulations 

View the full list of prohibited and restricted goods.
Find information on procedures and formalities. 


List of terminals 

Ports and terminals
MSC operates services to and from the following ports and terminals in Egypt. with local teams in each location to support our customers.

Alexandria (EGALY) - Dekheila Container Terminal, Old Port Container Terminal
Damietta (EGDAM) - Damietta Container Terminal
Port Said (EGPSD) - Port Said Container West Terminal
Sokhna (EGSOK) - Sokhna Container Terminal