How to import to Albania, step by step process

Complete Procedures to import goods to Albania


Import Licence process required in Albania


This post explains about import registration procedures to be obtained from Albania government authority for importation to Albania.


If you need to import goods or services, a onetime registration procedure is being completed in most of the countries.  Such import export licence may be obtained from concerned government department of Albania if required.

Any taxpayer of Albania can start business and engage with international trade by fulfilling necessary requirements demands by the Government. A registered trade with concerned license (if required) as per the business is must for exporting and importing of commercial products from and into Albania.


Usually, import of goods to Albania requires three categories of procedures wherever required.  One-time registration procedures to act as an Importer in Albania, Specific import licence to import goods to Albania if applicable, and certain certification from concerned government agencies of Albania related to each import wherever applicable.


There is separate government agency that handles and regulates such specific products that issue import license or import permit.  However, specific licence to import goods is required only for certain specific goods restricted.  Based on trade policy of each country categories of products classified under freely importable, restricted to import.  Prohibited list of goods are not permitted to import in to the country.  The list of restricted goods to import and prohibited list of goods are notified time to time by government of such importing country which may be referred the official website of respective department of importing country.


Import licence or Import permit to import certain products to Albania

Import Licence or import permit has to be obtained from Albania government for importation of certain commodities to Albania.  There are separate Albania government agencies to issue such import permit or import licence. 

Prohibited goods notified by Albania are not allowed to import, hence no permit or licence is granted to import such goods to Albania.


Import to Albania by courier

Goods can be imported to Albania by courier.  However, there is limit of amount or quantity prescribed by Albania Government time to time.  If value or quantity is more than the prescribed limit, necessary procedures have to be completed in Albania to customs clear the imported goods by courier.


Import of personal effects to Albania

The goods for personal use can be imported to Albania as per rules and regulations of Albania Government amending time to time.   The import duty is fixed based on the nature of consignment, imposed by Albania Customs department modified time to time. 


This information is about import licensing procedures to import goods to Albania.  If you have to add more information about import permit and registration required to import goods to Albania, share below your thoughts.



Import Customs procedures in Albania, step by step


The information provided here details on how to import goods to Albania especially import customs clearance procedures in Albania.

General Directorate of Customs of Albania (Dogana Customs) is the official customs department of Albania. The customs authorities have the main responsibility for supervising the international trade in the Republic of Albania.

In order to carry out all the necessary Customs Procedures, each company shall first register the NIPT number in "Asycuda World" System.


As we have discussed in other post, import of goods to Albania requires three categories of procedures wherever required.  One-time registration procedures to act as an Importer in Albania, Specific import licence to import goods to Albania if applicable, and certain certification from concerned government agencies of Albania related to each import wherever applicable.

Now let us discuss about the process of import customs clearance procedures in Albania.

Once after arrival of import cargo at sea port or airport of Albania, such goods are unloaded by carrier at Albania customs bonded area.   Necessary customs import process has to be completed to take delivery out of customs area of Albania. 


There are mainly three categories of permissions required to take import clearance cargo delivery from Albania customs bonded area.  They are Permission from Albania Customs authorities, Permission from Carrier of goods, permission from custodian of cargo handling at particular import customs port in Albania.


How to get permission from Albania customs to take import delivery of cargo arrived in Albania?


Either you (importer) or your customs broker can file the necessary documents for Import customs clearance procedures in Albania import clearance procedures.  The carrier of imported goods in Albania files IGMS (Import General Manifest) with Albania destination port customs authorities.   Before arrival of your goods, you can keep ready of all pertaining documents required for import clearance. The major documents required to import customs clear in Albania are Bill of Lading or Airway bill, commercial invoice, packing list, Cargo Arrival Notice, Freight certificate, purchase order or LC and other specific documents for your goods.

You need to track the import shipment of arrival in Albania port properly as you need to customs clear the cargo as early as possible on arrival of shipment. Otherwise, you may be imposed demurrage by Albania import handling authorities. Normally, a limited number of days of one, two or three are allowed by import handling authorities as free of cost time duration to take import delivery. You can complete Albania customs formalities within this time normally, subjected to produce of all required documents with customs.   If you are unable to customs clear the imported shipment in Albania port within the prescribed free days on arrival, you may have to pay storage charges to custodian of cargo at such Albania port of arrival of imported cargo.  Apart from storage charges by handling custodian of imported goods, you may have to pay charges to customs authorities of Albania also if applicable.


 The Albania customs entry filing is being done either by a customs broker or consignee against import shipment to be cleared out of Albania Customs.  The import entry information is filed based on the requirements of Albania customs updating time to time.


Once the cargo arrives in Albania port, carrier of goods files Import General Manifest (IGM) with Albania customs department. IGM is the details of import of goods to be filed with customs mandatory, by all carriers once goods arrived. Normally, each aircraft or vessel has one IGM number and each of consignments carries ‘line numbers’. So, each shipment carries a ‘line number’ and the total load of the said vessel or aircraft has an IGM number. Here, you will have one IGM number (common for one lot of goods arrived) and a ‘liner number’ for your particular shipment.


You need to enter IGM number in the specified column of import entry form electronically as specified by Albania Customs authorities. This number will be automatically linked with your document while filing uploading the import bill of entry details with Albania customs web software. The Bill of Entry number is generated at one place for all over the ports of Albania as per software queue automatically. If your goods are under green channel clearance, you can directly take delivery of cargo with simple procedures at Albania port.  Certain category of imported goods can be customs cleared freely from Albania customs authorities. 


The inspection if required is carried out under the supervision of necessary Albania customs officials and enters examination report in the system for the imported shipments wherever applicable.   Necessary other import customs clearance is completed with Albania customs authorities.  Final permission to move import cargo out of Albania customs bonded area is allowed, once Albania customs satisfies with their rules and regulations.


How does carrier of goods release import cargo arrived in Albania?


Once after arrival of goods in Albania Customs port, delivery order has to be obtained from carrier of goods at import customs location of Albania.  This is applicable for both Sea import clearance and air import clearance.  The import Delivery Order is nothing but a permission from Carrier of goods to take delivery of import cargo in Albania.  The carrier checks whether any due amount payable to them under the said import shipment arrived in Albania.  If freight payable at destination, necessary air freight is collected from consignee before releasing Delivery Order.  If freight already paid at load port, Delivery order is issued by carrier at destination port of Albania by collecting nominal destination service charges. 


When does custodian of cargo release import cargo to consignee in Albania?


Custodian of cargo keeps custody of cargo at import customs location in Albania.  The custodian of cargo could be a government authority or private party who follows the norms of Albania government related to imports.  The custodian of imported cargo is responsible to safeguard the imported cargo arrived in Albania destination customs location by handling properly. 


Once after completion of import customs clearance procedures at destination port in Albania and collected Delivery Order from carrier of imported goods, the custodian releases imported shipment to consignee after collecting their charges if any. 


The information provided here details on how to import goods to Albania especially import customs clearance procedures in Albania.


Import documents required in Albania


Information provided here describes about documents required by each import in Albania which need to be submitted with customs officials for the clearance process.


The documents required for import to Albania to take delivery of import cargo is based on the product importing, multilateral, bilateral or unilateral trade agreements, and other trade policies of Albania government.  The import documents required in Albania also depends up on the nature of goods importing (General goods, Personal effects, Dangerous goods, Livestock etc.), regular trade policy of Albania Government,   specific goods importing to Albania (Arms and ammunition, health products, food products, chemicals etc.)


However, the following documents required to import goods to Albania:


Import Customs clearance documents required in Albania


Customs Entry document: (specified by Albania customs) prepared by importer’s customs broker or Importer

Customs bond if applicable for specific goods importing to Albania or to claim import benefits from Albania government

Legal Undertaking (LUT) if applicable to claim import benefits from Albania government or to import specific products

Customs declarations wherever applicable:  Albania import customs clearance declarations as per specified format of Albania government.

Import Licence if applicable to be obtained from government agency of Albania.

Purchase order or Letter of Credit between Albania importer and overseas supplier of goods.

Commercial Invoice cum packing list issued by seller of goods

Bill of Lading (for sea imports) or Airway Bill (for Air import shipments)

Certificate of Origin issued by competent authority of origin country of goods.

Insurance Certificate issued by the government authorized insurance service provider

Certificates of Inspection if applicable:  Some of the importers demands exporter (seller) through LC or Purchase order to inspect export goods to Albania by an internationally recognized inspection agency like SGS, BVQI, or other Quality inspecting agency etc.

ATA CARNET/Temporary shipment certificate if applicable

Certificate of Analysis if applicable.  The buyer may insist the seller to enclose certificate of analysis about the goods.  The same certificate helps Albania customs authorities to confirm the product imported to Albania.

Certificate of Free Sale if applicable.  If goods are not commercially involved, a certificate of sale is attached by exporter along with goods dispatched.

Weight Certificate if applicable.   Weight certificate issued by exporter is required at various circumstances like satiability of flight, satiability of vessel, International road safety rules, import or export duty calculation, claiming export/import benefits from government etc.

Consular Invoice if applicable:  Some of the importing countries insists embassy attested documents which is mandatory at importing country to customs clear goods.


Documents required for customs in Albania for specific products

Electronic Export Information if applicable

Certificate of Health or Sanitation if applicable

Generic Certificate of Origin if applicable

Dangerous Goods Certificate if applicable

Fisheries Certificate if applicable

Fumigation Certificate if applicable

Halal Certificate if applicable

Health Certificate if applicable

Ingredients Certificate if applicable

Inspection Certificate if applicable

Pre-Shipment Inspection certificate if applicable

Phytosanitary Certificate/quarantine certificate if applicable

Radiation Certificate if applicable

Dock Receipt and Warehouse Receipt if applicable

ISPM 15 (Wood Packaging) Marking certificate if applicable

Product manual or Product catalogue if applicable

Certified Engineer's Report if applicable

Chartered engineer’s certificate if applicable

Product specification certificate

Other specified documents if applicable


Bank Import documents in Albania

Purchase order or Letter of Credit

Commercial Invoice cum packing list

Pro forma Invoice

Bill of Exchange

Certificate of Origin

Insurance Certificate

Certificates of Inspection if applicable

Electronic Export Information if applicable

Certificate of Health or Sanitation if applicable

Other specified documents if applicable


This information explains about various documents at different levels that required by every importer need to be submitted with the Albania Customs Authority in order to obtain clearance of the consignment and subsequently move it out of the port of Albania Customs.



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