Trade Ministry extends import ban on tuk-tuks, motorcycles
Minster of Trade and Industry Mounir Fakhry Abdel Nour - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: The Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment issued a decision extending the ban on the import of “tuk-tuks”—a type of motorized rickshaw—and motorcycles used for commercial purposes, according to a Tuesday press statement.

In February 2014, the cabinet banned the import of tuk-tuks and motorcycles for a period of three months.

According to the statement, the decision came to “prevent the dangers of such products on citizens, since they can be used to conduct terrorist acts and can cause many accidents and traffic jams.”

The statement added that these means of transportation are unlicensed and said that motorized tricycles and their chassis would be exempt from the ban.

Per the decision, motorized tricycles need to be partially or completely disassembled for shipment before being reassembled.

The Ministry of Trade’s decision however does allow the importation of motorcycle and tuk-tuk spare parts, and is set to last for “an indefinite period” a source at the Ministry of Trade, who wished to remain anonymous, told The Cairo Post. The source added that the ministry would require importers of parts to present documentation of the parts’ codes.

The Ministry of Trade is coordinating with the Ministry of Administrative Development to establish a separate entity to license tuk-tuks and release the previously halted shipments, he said.

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