Includes information on average tariff rates and types that U.S. firms should be aware of when exporting to the market.
Albania enjoys a liberal trade regime. Foreign trade was liberalized in 1990 and follows guidelines set by the European Union (EU) and World Trade Organization (WTO). Albania has been a member of the WTO since 2000. The Customs Tariff Nomenclature is based on the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System (HS).
The Directorate General of Customs is the institution responsible for the management of customs in Albania. Major pieces of legislation regulating customs activity include:
- Law no. 102/2014, “Customs Code of the Republic of Albania” and bylaws.
- Law no. 8474 of April 14, 1999, “On the Combined Nomenclature of Goods.” The nomenclature of goods in Albania changes every year because of the fulfillment of WTO requirements and free trade agreements. For
- Free Trade Agreements (SAA, CEFTA, FTA with Turkey, and FTA with EFTA countries.)
Albania implements preferential tariffs on products originating from member countries of the European Community, CEFTA, EFTA, and Turkey. The following link has the complete 2021 list: Preferential Tariffs.
Albania is also a signatory to the International Technology Agreement under the WTO umbrella, which provides free import of information technology equipment.
Commodities coming from the U.S. market are generally at a competitive disadvantage as they incur customs duties, which for some products are generally higher compared to goods originating from countries with which Albania has signed FTAs. To locate tariffs based on the HS coding system please use the Albanian Customs website. For more information on customs procedures in Albania please visit the Customs Procedures page.
All customs declarations with a value of more than 1,000 euros pay a scanning fee of 22 euros per declaration, while fewer than 1,000 euros incurs a 5 euro scanning fee. Generally, the VAT for imported commodities is 20%, with a few exceptions.