ALBANIA

Logistic and forwarding services in Albania

Albanien

Capital City
Tirana

Population
2.9 Mio.

National languages
Albanisch

Currency
Lek (ALL)

Gross national product (GNP)
USD 13.37 Mrd.

GNP per person
USD 4619

Financial exports to Switzerland
CHF 29.3 Mio.

Financial imports from Switzerland
CHF 11.9 Mio.

Bilateral relations Switzerland–Albania

Bilateral relations between Switzerland and Albania are good and varied. Albania is a priority country for Swiss development cooperation. A shared interest of both countries lies in the development and stabilisation of the Western Balkans region.

Economic cooperation

Trade is modest in volume. It has, however, steadily increased over the last two decades. Some large Swiss companies are present in Albania, and an increasing number of SMEs are discovering the Albanian market. Currently approximately 30 Swiss companies are active in Albania.
The Swiss-based company TAP is constructing the “Trans Adriatic Pipeline” through Albania to bring natural gas from Azerbaijan to the southern gas corridor that passes through Greece, Albania and Italy.

The Swiss embassy organises regular exchanges with the Swiss business community in Albania.

 

Business language

German, French, Italian, English

Dimensions and weights

Metric system.

Currency

National currency Lek = 100 quindarka.
ISO code: ALL

Customs tariff

Harmonised system. Customs clearance based on the transaction value.

Import control

The licensing system has been extensively liberalised and divided into three groups of activity licences which can be applied for via the National Licensing Centre. Animals and products made from animals, foods, oil, gas, fuels, pesticides and drugs require licenses, among other items. As part of the licensing procedure, certain goods are not subject to monitoring by the Licensing Centre, such as dual-use goods and weapons. Various groups of goods such as vehicles, chemicals, cosmetics and fertilisers must correspond to the Albanian standard and require certification to be allowed to be imported. Import documents should be in Albanian. Standard VAT rate: 20%.

Terms of payment and tenders

There are no restrictions in foreign exchange transactions. Payments in advance and the provision of an irrevocable letter of credit or bank guarantees from western banks are recommended.

Designations of origin and packaging

No special regulations on designations of origin.
Standard markings are sufficient. Use of the IPPC standard ISPM no. 15 for wooden packaging.

Marking/labelling

Imported medications must have a package insert in Albanian. Plants, foods and luxury foods, animal products and the like must be accompanied by contractually agreed health/veterinary certificates (3 copies). Foods must be labelled in Albanian.

Product samples

A pro forma invoice will be requested on arrival for samples which are delivered free and have no retail value. Samples and models are only permitted to be duty free if they have no retail value or have been made unusable.

Shipping and accompanying documents

a) Commercial invoices, 3 copies, in English, signed and stamped with all standard information including the country of origin. The following declaration must be made at the end of the invoice: “The statements in this invoice are true and correct according to our business books.” Only allowing cash discounts or other discounts to appear on the invoice and deducting any retailer discounts before issuing the invoice is recommended. No certification. Bills of lading uncertified.

b) Certificates of origin, 3 copies are generally required for all goods.

As a country of origin, where applicable, “Federal Republic of Germany” or “European Union” depending on the case.

c) Proof of preferential status:

EUR.1 (issued by the customs office), declaration of origin on the invoice

– every exporter up to a value of EUR 6,000;

– “authorised exporters”: no limit.

Wording of the declaration of origin: “The exporter of the products covered by this document (customs authorization No …) (1) declares that, except where otherwise clearly indicated, these products are of …(2) preferential origin”. If the declaration on the invoice is made by an authorised exporter, the permit number of the authorised exporter should be entered under (1). If the declaration on the invoice is not made by an authorised exporter, the words in brackets can be left out or the gap left empty. (2) The origin of the products must be indicated. If the statement on the invoice relates in full or in part to products originating in Ceuta and Melilla, the exporter must make the short description “CM” clearly visible;

d) Bills of lading without certification;

e) Packing lists required;

f) Postal packages up to 20 kg: 1 international dispatch note, 2 customs declarations.