Algeria

Imports

General Import Guidelines

  • The importer must have a valid importer code from Customs Authorities
  • Imported goods must conform to licensed activities of the importer
  • Imported goods must be accompanied with an International Waybill, a Commercial Invoice, a Certificate of Origin, a Certificate of Conformity and a Packing List
  • If goods’ value above USD 1,000 importer needs Letter of Credit (LC)
  • HS Codes must be stated clearly on the Commercial Invoice. Where the HS Codes are not stated, Customs Authorities shall determine the proper HS Codes based on the goods and the stated description

Import Duties and Fees

  • The customs valuation is based on CIF (Cost, Insurance and Freight) which means that the amount used to assess customs duty is the sum of cost of goods, insurance and shipping cost to Algeria
  • Customs tariff applicable on imported goods depend on HS Codes
  • Customs duties vary from 5% – 30% to be levied on CIF
  • The standard rate of VAT imposed on imported goods into Algeria is 17%
  • International express or courier imports with declared value below USD 1,000 are duty free
  • Goods with declared value of more than a USD 1,000 will be treated as normal cargo goods, and will require a formal customs clearance

The following are trade agreements with Algeria that can benefit from customs reduction rate. To benefit from customs duties reduction, Certificate of Origin accompanied with Commercial Invoice are required

  • Arab League
  • Euro-Med

Duties Exemption

A number of goods are exempted from customs duties and VAT. Below are some of the applied exemptions:

  • Goods addressed to government or semi-government agencies
  • Diplomatic goods
  • Oil and gas items (some items)

Imports Required Documents

General Imports

Import Declaration is processed in the event of goods being imported into Algeria from other countries. The below documents are needed:

  • Original Waybill
  • Original Commercial Invoice
  • Original of the Certificate of Origin approved by Chamber of Commerce at country of origin
  • Packing List (detailed)
  • Certificate of conformity

Re-Export

Import Declaration is processed in the event of importing goods into Algeria for purpose of re-exporting. The below documents are needed:

 

  • Original Waybill
  • Original Commercial Invoice
  • Original of the Certificate of Origin approved by Chamber of Commerce at country of origin
  • Packing List (detailed)

Temporary Import – Exhibition / Repair and Return

Upon entry of goods into Algeria on temporary basis for the purpose of taking part in an exhibition or repairs / maintenance, a deposit amount equivalent to customs duties and VAT has to be made for the benefit of Customs Authorities. The deposit is refunded upon exporting the goods. If the goods are not being exported the deposit is forfeited. The below documents are needed:

 

  • Original Waybill
  • Original Commercial Invoice
  • Original of the Certificate of Origin approved by Chamber of Commerce at country of origin
  • Packing List (detailed)
  • Contract between shipper and importer
  • Guarantee letter
  • Acceptance letter (from supplier)
  • ATA carnet (only for Exhibitions)

When completing your Commercial Invoice, we recommend that you abide by Aramex guidelines to ensure timely and efficient clearance Read More

Exports

When exporting goods from Algeria some documents and regulations will be applied before the exit of goods to the destination. Failure to submit required documents may delay goods when exporting

Exporters need to include the following documents with their goods:

 

  1. Original Commercial Invoice
  2. For certain goods, a strategic export license is required. Example where these licenses are needed include: military, dual-use, and chemicals

Other documents that could be required would depend on the specific requirements of the destinations. Aramex maintain a list of needed documents and customs information per country (please select country name on this )

Important Notes

  • All exported goods might be inspected by Customs Authorities
  • Aramex will not transport goods that are prohibited by the laws or regulations of Algeria

Transiting Goods

Transiting Goods through Algeria can only remain in Algeria for 45 days from the date of arrival into the country

To process Transiting Goods, the below documents are needed:

 

  • Original Waybill
  • Original Commercial Invoice
  • Original of the Certificate of Origin approved by Chamber of Commerce at country of origin
  • Packing List (detailed)
  • Copy of customs declaration containing country of origin
  • Original letter of transit from the origin’s Customs authorities

Prohibited / Restricted Goods

Aramex will not transport goods that are prohibited by the laws or regulations of Algeria

In accordance to Aramex Shipping Policy, the following items are not acceptable for transport by Aramex:

 

  • Monetary items including currency, fake money, and coins
  • Publications that are offensive to religions, morals, human rights or aims to cause corruption and disorder
  • Narcotics and drugs including heroin, opium, drugs raw material (powder, liquid), cannabis leaves, etc.
  • Counterfeit goods covering all brands of clothes, machinery, shoes, electronics, watches etc.
  • Fireworks*
  • Ivory and ivory products*
  • Furs*
  • Jewelry, precious metals , stones, articles or antiques of exceptional high value*
  • Bullion*
  • Chemical waste and nuclear waste
  • Hazardous as defined in IATA Regulations*
  • Ammunitions*
  • Human remains, including ashes*
  • Animals, plants, food items and perishable*
  • Products labeled made in Israel
  • Pork meat in any kind, shape or form
  • Used goods

 

* Certain goods which are listed above as prohibited may be accepted by Aramex on a contractual basis, if exporters / importers are able to comply with all applicable regulations

Some goods require approval from the designated authority prior to importing into Algeria. Some examples are shown below:

Aramex Clearance Service

Aramex offers clearance service covering the following Customs Ports:

 

  • Hassi Messaoud Airport
  • Houari Boumediene Airport
  • Port of Algiers
  • Port of Bejaia
  • Port of Oran
  • Port of Skikda

 

Aramex offers a wide range of customs clearance services (starting with Delivery Order collection up to delivery of goods). In addition, Aramex offers storage in Aramex warehouses when needed.

 

In key locations, Aramex employees are certified and supported by a customer service team to keep customers updated, and address all inquiries. Please contact our Aramex Customer Service team for an offer

References

  1. Algeria Customs
  2. Customs Terminologies
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