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Five key questions about e-Invoicing in Egypt

The Egyptian Tax Authority (ETA) has already obliged most businesses to submit electronic invoices to its online portal. The ETA is responsible for the setup and control of the e-Invoicing clearance system. It defines e-Invoices as digital documents proving transactions of sale of goods and provision of services.


e-Invoicing in Egypt

Companies using the new electronic invoicing system in Egypt will be required to register with the system by contacting the ETA. After successful registration, the client’s information will be provided to transmit invoices and receipts in XML or JSON data format. The system will allow cancellation and rejection of invoices that have been issued incorrectly. Information such as the vendor’s tax identification number, national ID number, name, and domicile are required in the purchase invoice. A VAT declaration will be automatically filled based on these invoices.

Each invoice must be digitally signed and is given a unique ID to ensure data security of the transactions between companies. Separate schemes exist for credit notes and debit notes. Credit and debit notes must include reference to the original document by providing its unique ID.

For the products supplied, companies will have to use the GS1 coding or EGS coding system that conform to Global Product Classification standards. Barcodes are used to provide standardized product coding for international business communication.

1. Who is affected by the e-Invoicing mandate?

All companies that are registered for VAT in Egypt and sell taxable goods or provide such services.

2. Is there an additional obligation to process inbound e-Invoices?

For now, there are no specific requirements to process inbound e-Invoices. Taxpayers are responsible for sending their outgoing invoices. Our solution allowes you to receive them to your ERP system.

3. How will SNI manage Arabic content? Is it going to come from the ERP or can SNI translate it?

As SNI, we cannot translate the data to Arabic. It should directly come from ERP records.

4. We don’t use SAP as an ERP. Are there any other options?

Yes, we have a web-based portal solution for Egyptian e-Invoicing.

5. Is the electronic signature handled in your solution?

Firstly, the companies need to get the digital signature certificate from the Egyptian company (through Egypt Trust). After that, since the government wants you to keep your own certificate on your in-house server, you need to set up a Windows server. Then SNI will upload software to the server to allow the signing/sending processes and make all the configurations.

To get more information about the process and our relevant solutions, please contact us at


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