Algeria Importer of Record and IT Shipping

To ship IT hardware into Algeria you will need to utilize an Importer of Record that can navigate Local Sale and Bank Domiciliation.

Algeria Importer of Record at a Glance:

Importer of Record

  • Establishing an entity in Algeria is complex and many of our clients will need to utilize Importer of Record services
  • Your shipment must satisfy “local sale” requirements
  • Bank domiciliation requires you to get your shipment approved by the local bank which can take up to 40 days

IT Shipping & Logistics 

  • Wide-body air freight service is very limited, extra time for transit should be allocated
  • Shipping at last-mile delivery should only take a couple of days each

Importer of Record and Pre-Shipment Documentation 

Importer of Record

It is uncommon for our clients to act as their own Importer of Record in Algeria. Algeria has strict rules for company ownership that restrict many of our clients from having a registered entity in Algeria. If you do have a registered entity in Algeria with a valid import license, FGX can assist you in acting as your own Importer of Record. However, if you are looking to import equipment into Algeria, and do not have your own business, FGX can act as your Importer of Record.

Local Sale Regulations

Algerian customs closely reviews the origin of each transaction, whether or not payment for the imported goods is required, and how the ownership will be managed in-country. Depending on the set-up of your local entities in the U.S. and the status of your entity in Algeria, you may have to undergo a more complex process so you can properly import your equipment.

Bank Domiciliation

The bank domiciliation process is one of the lengthiest parts of shipping your equipment to Algeria. The bank domiciliation process requires that you submit all your documents – master airway bill, bill of materials, commercial invoices, certificates of conformity, and certificate of free marketing to the local bank in Algeria so they can approve your shipment.

The bank domiciliation process can take up to 40 days after you have submitted all of the proper paperwork. There are very specific, strict requirements on how forms are filled out, how the documents are signed, etc.

Certificate of Free Marketing
A certificate of free marketing is an additional process of compiling all required documents, having them signed and stamped by the OEM, and submitting them to the correct entity. All of the documents and information that you submit for customs clearance and bank domiciliation have to be included in the certificate of free marketing.

IT Shipping & Logistics

In addition to the complex documentation process, securing air freight into Algeria can be difficult due to limited wide-body aircraft service. It can take several weeks to complete transit and customs clearance even after all of the paperwork and bank approvals are obtained.

FGX manages all of our client’s shipments door-to-door (or door-to-datacenter). This case study showcases how we navigated IT logistics and importation into Algeria at the time that it was written. Regulations and challenges are constantly changing and exact shipping requirements may have changed. To learn more about FGX and how our global shipping platform can help your company, reach out here.



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