Welcome to Open to Export, hopefully between us we should be able to get you exporting to Algeria with ease.
Algeria can be a difficult market to crack for first time exporters due to the following reasons:
- EU Preferential Trade agreements – EUR1 Movement Certificate may be required
- Monetary movements controlled via Algerian Government by Documentary Letters of Credit
- Arab League Nation and therefore Arab-British Certificate of Origin required
- Pre-Shipment Inspection / Conformity Assessment Programme - Certificat de contrôle de qualité may be required
In my answer I have assumed you’re a newbie at all of this, so apologies now if that is not the case, hopefully you should be able to skip down the post(s) to the relevant sections.
First of all you should know that every single product from a biro pen to a Ferrari sports car has an allocated set of digits referred to as a HS Commodity/Tariff code. You will need to establish your products tariff codes in order to export them. You can find out your products tariff codes in two ways:
- By using the online UK Trade Tariff - https://www.gov.uk/trade-tariff
- By calling the Tariff Classification Helpline on 01702 366077 (The call handler can give a maximum of three codes per call)
It’s your responsibility to get your commodity code and licences right, even if you use an agent.
Next I would advise you to know your products, especially as you are dealing with Algeria:
- Who is the actual manufacturer of the products?
- Were the goods manufactured in the European Union? If so do they qualify for Preferential Origin?
- What is the country of origin of your products?
- What standards have your products been tested to?