ANGOLA

Logistic and forwarding services in Angola

Angola

Capital City
Luanda

Population
22.14 Mio.

National languages
Portugiesisch (Amtssprache), Bantu und andere lokale Sprachen

Currency
Kwanza (AOA)

Gross national product (GNP)
USD 106.15 Mia.

GNP per person
USD 4227

Financial exports to Switzerland
CHF 30,3 Mio.

Financial imports from Switzerland
CHF 0,2 Mio.

Bilateral relations Switzerland–Angola

Political relations between Switzerland and Angola are good, although they are not especially intensive. After the re-opening of the Swiss embassy in Luanda in 2009 and the opening of an Angolan Embassy in Bern in 2006, the two countries reaffirmed their intention to deepen their dialogue on subjects of mutual interest at the political, economic and social levels.

Economic cooperation

Angola has experienced a tremendous economic upswing since the peace agreements of 2002, thanks mainly to its oil resources and the need to rebuild infrastructure.
Several multinational companies that are Swiss owned or based in Switzerland are present in Angola, together with about 10 SMEs. A Swiss business club has been established. A representative of SwissCham Central – Western Africa has also been in Luanda since 2009. However trade between the two countries is still relatively modest.

 

Business language

Portuguese, French, English.

Dimensions and weights

Metric system.

Currency

National currency Kwanza = 100 Centimos.
ISO code: AOA

Customs tariff

Harmonised system.

Import control

Import licences are required for all goods. The import licences must be granted before the goods are shipped. The exporter is recommended to ensure that the importer has a valid import licence. The validity of licences is generally six months.
There is a ban on the import of slot machines, foods containing saccharine, certain medications and distilled drinks. Pharmaceuticals must be registered. The application for a licence to be granted must be accompanied by a pro forma invoice (5 copies); it must include a summary description of the goods, the price per unit, the total value FOB, estimated sea and air freight and delivery and payment terms. Consumption tax: 10% (reduced rate 2%).

Pre-shipment inspection

The conformity programme has been suspended indefinitely.

Terms of payment and tenders

Only working on the basis of letters of credit is recommended; documents against payment, including payment in advance, is possible but very insecure. All imports must be insured by the Angolan insurance company ENSA (Empresa Nacional de Seguras e Resseguras). Tenders must be submitted with a pro forma invoice on a FOB or CIF basis with binding delivery deadlines. Prices in EUR or USD.

Designations of origin

Standard markings in Portuguese are sufficient. No special regulations are known. All goods must be labelled with the country of origin in Portuguese.

Packaging

Seaworthy packaging. It must be able to withstand being unloaded and reloaded several times and transport on poor streets.

Product samples

Duty free if they have no retail value. The shipment of samples which are subject to duty as “product samples” is only permissible with a green customs note.

Shipping and accompanying documents

Standard and

a) 3 commercial invoices in Portuguese/English/French with standard information including an indication of the country of origin, gross and net weight and the import licence number. Legally binding declaration of origin as follows: “Confirmamos que as mercadorias indicadas nesta factura são de origem da Suiza”. The commercial invoices must be certified by the CIC (Chamber of Industry and Commerce).

b) Certificates of origin are only required if the goods are loaded at a non Swiss port, in which case 1 certificate of origin from the CIC (Chamber of Industry and Commerce) is required with an indication of the FOB and CIF value.

c) Movement certificate, EUR 1 or UE not required.

d) Bills of lading: no certification required.

e) Postal packages up to 20 kg: 1 foreign dispatch note, 1 customs declaration in French.

f) Conformity programme suspended indefinitely.