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Algeria introduces new regulatory mechanisms on import of agrifood products

Monday, January 29, 2018 > 09:36:56

Agriculture and AgriFood Canada

On January 10th, the Algerian Ministry of Trade released a communiqué regarding newly adopted regulatory mechanisms for imports, which came into force on January 1st, 2018.

One of those mechanisms is the amendment of the list of products that are subject to a domestic consumption tax (30%), to include salmon, dried fruit, spices, and confectionery. Canadian principal agriculture and agrifood exports to Algeria (wheat, pulses and milk powder) will not be impacted by this measure.

Another mechanism introduced is the executive decree no. 18-02 published in Algeria's Official Journal #1 January 7, 2018, which temporarily suspends the importation of a list of 851 products, which includes a number of agriculture and agrifood products. This list includes products that are either deemed nonessential or that are produced locally. 

Although Canadian principal agriculture and agrifood exports to Algeria (wheat, pulses and milk powder) will not be impacted by this measure, some Canadian exports such as honey might fall under this new regulatory mechanism.

Finally, a new requirement has been introduced that requires importers to provide a certificate of free-flow of the product in the country of origin, when requesting a bank domiciliation for imports. This certificate must attest that a product has been approved to be commercialised in the exporting country. The importer will need to request such a certificate from the exporter who will get it from an accredited authority such as a chamber of commerce. T

his requirement, however, does not apply to products accompanied by a sanitary or phytosanitary certificate, as well as products accompanied by a prior technical authorization (for example: cosmetics or toxic products).

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