Required Trade Documents


Commercial  invoice
Addressed by the salesman to the purchaser, this document of sale indicates the names and addresses of the two parts and gives a detailed description of the goods, unit price, total amount as well as terms of payment.

Packing list
A detailed list of the goods to be exported is drawn up by the exporter for customs processing purposes. This packing list describes the exported product and gives complete indications on its weight, the number and the designation of each parcel, the names and addresses of the purchaser as well as the grouping, if necessary.

Retail goods outwards
Delivered by the Administration of the Customs, the retail goods outwards is presented by the exporter or his agent in customs, for the needs of identification of the whole loading.

Quay delivery order
Established on the basis of the exporter’s declaration, this document is issued by the shipping agency in charge of the goods delivery on docks.

Airway consignment note
This document is delivered by an airline company and bears witness to the reception of the goods for their forwarding to the country of destination.

Bill of lading
Delivered by a shipping company, this document is a maritime carriage contract binding the conveyor (ship-owner) and the shipper and specifying the quantity as well as the condition of the goods to be dispatched and as received by the conveyor. In addition to the recipient, the shipper and the conveyor, this document specifies the ports of shipment and unloading. Delivery of the goods at the envisaged point of destination, is conditioned by the presentation of one of the duly signed originals of the bill of lading.

Railway bill
The railway bill is the document of transport used for forwarding retail goods or for full wagonload. It is jointly filled out by the shipper and the qualified railroad services.

The original of this document is given to the recipient, the duplicate being kept by the shipper.

Insurance policy
This document covers all the risks that may occur during the international transaction. Various forms of insurance are proposed by CAGEX, the Algerian Company of Insurance and Guarantee of Exports (commercial and political package Insurance, individual insurance, buyer’s credit insurance, prospecting and fairs/ exhibitions promotional insurance).

Certificate of origin
Delivered by the Chamber of Commerce of the country of the exporter and specifying the country of origin of the goods, this document is required by the host countries when these countries grant tariff preferences. When the host country does not require it, it is not necessary to present it.

Sanitary certificate
This document is delivered to fulfill the very strict requirements to which are subjected export – oriented sea products (sanitary certificate) or agricultural produce (plant sanitary certificate) and informs about the elements of treatment and control carried out.

This document is delivered by Plants Protection Services of the exporting country in a printed form corresponding to the model issued by the International Convention of the Plants of 1951.

It should be noted that the presentation of specific certificates is also required by the importing countries to accept the entry of other animals and animal produce.

This type of certificate is established, in Algeria, by the National Institute of Animal Health or by the Departmental (Wilaya) Veterinary Service Board. It confirms that the products are healthy and free from parasites.

The services dealing with the conformity of export –oriented products can be ensured by the Algerian Centre of Quality Control and Packing (CACQE). However the analysis of samples does not constitute the determining element for the delivery of a compliance certificate and this document is, only, issued on the basis of a general inspection of the plant / company, technical facilities and conditions of manufacture.

ATA notebook – Temporary Admission
is a customs procedure which makes it possible to facilitate the passage in customs of a category of goods, in particular within the framework of the participation in the fairs and the temporary admission of the samples.

The government insists that imports meet specific testing, labeling, or certification requirements

The Ministry of Health requires distributors to obtain authorizations to sell imported drugs. Drugs must have been marketed in their country of origin, as well as in a third country, before they may be imported.

When food products arrive in Algeria they must have at least 80 percent of their shelf life remaining. While specific regulations exist for a few products, in general all products must be in conformity with the standards defined in the Codex Alimentarius.