Packing, Marking & Labeling

Algerian government regulations stipulate that imported products, particularly consumer goods, must be labeled in Arabic. This regulation is strictly enforced. Though not required, it is also helpful to label products in French.

Containers holding certain fresh fruits and vegetables should be labeled as to country of origin, variety of fruit or vegetable, and quality class. The products affected include apples, pears, citrus fruits, apricots, table grapes, plums, cherries, strawberries, tomatoes, spinach, artichokes, carrots, beans, cauliflower, endives, onions, peas, chicory, lettuce, and seed potatoes. Seeds of forge plants must be stained.

Preserved and semipreserved fruits and vegetables must bear on the outer wrapper or container the date on which the product was manufactured. The outer wrapper of quick-frozen foods must bear the date on which the foods were frozen. Labels on all imported products, especially consumer goods, must be in Arabic.

Food product labels should indicate the descriptive name of the product; the list of ingredients, including food additives, in descending order by weight; the name, address, and telephone number of the manufacturer of distributor; net weight or volume inn metric units; and instructions for storage and use when applicable. In addition, the following details may be required in a new market: product expiration date; percentages of major product ingredients; special food additive codes; and nutrition information based on the destination country’s regulations.

To be allowed importation, business machines such as computers and typewriters, reportedly, must have Arabic characters.

Marks of origin requirements apply mainly to imported wines, nuts, canned foods, prunes, honey, margarine, and various milk products. A "corrective indication of origin" is required in all cases where foreign merchandise, its packing, labels, etc., bear a trademark, name, or other indication of any sort that might lead to the belief that the products originated or were manufactured in Algeria. This corrective indication of origin must be legibly and indelibly applied in French and without abbreviation on the goods themselves and marked on the outside packing; it must appear in immediate proximity to the indication it is intended to correct.

Any product bearing an illegal trade mark, commercial mark, or trade name is subject to seizure at importation.

There are no other stipulations regarding how shipments must be marked, and any common shipping practice may be followed. In general, all identifying marks, including the consignee’s mark with port marks, should be inscribed plainly on the packages to facilitate arrival of the shipment. Packages should be numbered unless the contents are such that they can be identified readily without numbers.

All goods should be packed to withstand weather conditions, rough handling, and pilferage. Exporters should consult closely with their customers in Algeria concerning any special packing requirements.

Goods arriving in Algerian ports may be declared for consumption, transit, re-exportation, or temporary admission.

Goods for consumption generally must be cleared through customs within eight days if storage charges are to be avoided. In addition, all merchandise, whether stored out of doors or in port warehouses may be subject to taxes if stored in the systems areas for more than 15 days. These taxes, along with the warehousing charges, must be paid before merchandise is taken from the port area.

Machinery and equipment may imported temporarily for use on a specifies project or exhibition. The goods are exempt from duties. Storage charges still apply, however. Customs authorities will not reimburse customs duties for items declared for consumption and then re-exported. Re-exportation of used capital equipment ordinarily is not permitted.