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.
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.
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.
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.