1,500 products banned from entering Algeria starting from early January 2017

date 2016/10/05 views 369 comments 0

icon-writer By: Nouara Bachouche /*/ English Version: Med.B.

The General Directorate of Customs, in line with the instructions of the Government, will be preventing the import of 1,500 products starting from 2 January 2017, in a bid to tighten the noose on importing manipulators on the one hand, and to encourage the national products outside the hydrocarbon sector on the other.

Sources revealed to “Echorouk” that the decision to ban the import of a list of 1,500 commodities falls within the 1?200 customs tariffs, and is designed to curtail the country’s heavy import bill which has exceeded all red lines over the past years, as well as to beef up the fight against money laundering and smuggling of hard currency by tightening the stranglehold on defrauding importers.

The new measures taken by the Government will prevent the entry at the Algerian ports or airports of many goods similar to used clothing and spare-parts of used cars, and other “scrap” products that have no value for the Algerian consumers.

According to the Directorate General of Customs, over the past 7 months, smuggling cases involving various imported goods and commodities amounted to three thousand billion and 500 million centimes (DA) by submitting forged documents, false statements and inflated bills on the part of numerous cheating and dishonest importers.

It added that the number of investigations that have been recorded in connection with the issue of corruption exceeded 800 cases during the first quarter of the current year.

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