Identifies common practices used in selling in this market, including sales material that needs to be in the local language.
Angola is a Portuguese-speaking country. Outside of the petroleum sector, English is not widely spoken, even among top government officials or business leaders. The ability to do business in Portuguese is essential to succeed in the non-petroleum sectors. The Government requires labeling in Portuguese for all imported goods, especially in the healthcare sector for medicines, cosmetics, hair care products, skin care and processed food.
The best way to do business in Angola is to find a local distributor or representative to handle business development throughout the country. The selected distributor or representative should be financially solid, have the capacity to stock inventory and aftermarket parts, and to provide technical support for the specific products. The distributor or agent should also be able to handle the complex import process, and demonstrate strong existing end user client ties, especially if the target client is the Angolan government. U.S. companies wanting to establish strong Angola market presence also need to provide ongoing management oversight and training for the distributor/representative.
Trade Promotion & Advertising
Government-owned media include two television stations, a radio station, and Angola’s only daily newspaper, Journal de Angola. Private media include one television station, several radio stations, and several privately owned press weeklies. All of these media channels provide advertising opportunities.
Press coverage can be another useful strategy for building market visibility in Angola. However, it is important that media relations are carefully managed so that messaging is accurately presented.
For consumer-oriented products, billboard advertising is also common as is sponsorship of popular events.
In addition, social media is widely used and a cost-effective means to advertise in Angola. Please refer to section on e-commerce for more information.
In technical and professional areas, conferences, symposium by industry area, and a limited number of trade shows provide opportunities for promotion and technical presentations that can help build market visibility and develop relationships with key buyers. With COVID-19 travel and physical meeting restrictions, virtual video conferences, webinars and other online communications tools have become a more acceptable form to interact with Angolan government officials and private sector executives.
Consistent marketing and business development efforts are key to business success in Angola. Given the relatively small size of the business and government market, building and maintaining a good reputation for the company and/or product is key due to substantial reliance on client referrals. A well selected distributor or representative can be key to this effort.
The main trade show in Angola, FILDA – the International Fair of Luanda - is normally held in July. This multi-industry show is a good platform to build market visibility, especially once an international company is established in the Angola market. Normally, the FILDA show organizer hosts other smaller trade events in a range of sectors throughout the year. Angola’s trade show schedule can be found on FILDA’s website: https://filda.co.ao/ .
Over the past several years high inflation has resulted in significantly higher market prices. Even domestically produced and grown product prices continue to rise due to the high costs of production and imported inputs. However, the Angolan Central Bank has implemented monetary policy to reduce inflation. Angola’s 2020 inflation rate was approximately 22 percent.
Despite high inflation, among those who can afford to be selective, there is a continuing and growing appreciation in Angola for quality products. Consumers are increasingly recognizing that inexpensive products from China and other African countries, whether legally or illegally, in the Angolan market generally offer a lower quality than western brands.
For expatriates and business travelers Angola was ranked among the most expensive locations in the world. However, over the last two years prices have dropped substantially due to a prolonged economic downturn and significant currency devaluations. As a result some locally priced product and service categories calculated in international currency are more in line with western markets.
Sales Service/Customer Support
Angolan consumers are increasingly demanding better sales service and customer support, on par with what they experience in travel to Europe, South Africa, and Dubai, and respond very positively to comparable levels of business services when offered in Angola.
Companies that can provide strong customer service with post-sales value-added services, spare parts, and technical support will be competitively positioned in the Angola market. U.S. companies should consider committing the time and resources to build capacity through their appointed distributors to provide this type of quality service and support.
A significant obstacle to superior customer service are the challenges with regard to obtaining spare parts and inputs due to the scarcity of foreign exchange that limits the purchasing capacity of international company’s clients and partners.
Local Professional Services
Listings of Angola-based law firms, accounting firms, customs brokers, and freight companies experienced in working with international companies are available from the U.S. Commercial Service in Angola.
Law Firms Based in Angola
Alexandre Pegado - Escritório de Advogados
Phone: +244 (222) 391 930; 222-397 347
Fax: +244 (222) 397 131; 222-396 295
Arcélio Inácio de Almeida Matias – Ardja-Prestação de Serviços e
Cell: +244 923719169
Languages: English, Portuguese and Spanish:
Eduardo Sambo – Escritório de Advogados
Phone: +244 923 500230; 923 726036
Fax: +244 (222) 290 224
Elisa Rangel - Escritorio de Advogados
Phone: +244 (222) 335 814
Fax: +244 (222) 372 751
Elsa Sousa Rodrigues
Phone: +244 939 378 652
Fátima Freitas Advogados
Phone: +244 222 372 030 / 57 / 92, +244 222 020 559
Fax: +244 222 372 017
Phone: + 244 222 397 073 / 222 339 396 / 222 393 263
Fax: + 244 222 393 273
Phone: +244 272 232 467 / +244 934512355
GLA Gabinete Legal Angola Advogados
Phone: +244 935 147 570
Fax: +244 222 443 388
LCF - Legal Counsel Firm Lourdes Caposso Fernandes & Associados
Phone: + 244 408080 e + 244 923 888 555
Legal Group Africa
Phone: +244 947 326 425
Maria José Teixeira –Advogados Associados
Phone/Fax: +244 (222) 324391
Cell: +244 923 330046; 912 501410
Phone: +244 222337914 / 370019/26
Fax: +244 222335497
N-Advogados Nuno Albuquerque, Deolinda Ribas Sociedade de Advogados, RL
Phone: +244 928 391 751
Teodoro Bastos de Almeida – Advogado
Phone: +244 (222) 443 335; 222- 443 208; 222-443 306
Cell: +244 923-400 651
Fax: +244 (222) 442 564
Accounting and Advisory Firms
Adam Global - Angola
Phone: +244 (912) 550 035
Baker Tilly International
Phone: +351 (210) 988 710
Crowe Horwath - Angola
Fax: +244 (222) 333 806
Deloitte – Angola
Rua. Kwame Nkrumah 10, 3º, 4º e 6º andar, Luanda
Phone: +244 923 168 100
KPMG - Angola
Edifício Moncada Prestige
Rua do Assalto ao Quartel de Moncada, nº15 2º, Luanda
Ernst & Young Angola
Presidente Business Center
Largo 17 de Setembro, n0
30 Piso - Sala 341
Phone: + 244 945 20 21 72
Largo 17 de Setembro n.º 3 , 1º andar - Sala 137.
Phone:.+244 227 286 109
Boston Consulting Angola
Avenida 4 de Fevereiro
Edifício Kilamba 8°Andar
Marginal de Luanda- Ingombota
Phone: +244 923 167 900
McKinsey - Angola
Torre A, 21ºA
Phone: +244 226 425 400
Fax: +244 226 425 401
PKF - Angola
Phone: +351 213 182 720
Fax: +244 222 338 957
Freight Companies Serving Angola
GAC – Angola
Fax: +244 (222) 323 070
MSC – Angola
Phone: +244 (222) 339 305
Phone: + 244 (227) 326 980
Fax: + 244 (227) 326 963
Phone: +244 (226) 422 000
Fax: +244 (222) 310 034
Phone: +244 (922) 695 616
SDV-AMI Angola Lda – Bollore Group
Phone: +244 (222) 015 725
Fax: +244 (222) 015 734
Alexandre Carlos Pires Marcos
Phone: +244 (222) 350 224 / +244 (223) 456 789
Cell: +244 (915) 244 568 / +244 (930) 269 044
Phone: +244 222 100 515 / +244 222 100 529 / +244 925 485 649
Phone: +244 222 339 984 / +244 222 339 501 / +244 923 340 395
Luis Chagas Januário
Phone: +244 (222) 327 280; +244 (222) 320 669
Cell: +244 (912) 361 068; +244 (925) 084 921; +244 (936) 322 147
Limitations on Selling U.S. Products and Services
Private ownership is prohibited in Angola in the areas of defense, internal public order, and state security; banking activities relating to the operations of the Central Bank and the Ministry of Finance; administration of ports and airports; and other areas where the law gives the Angolan government exclusive responsibility for its operations. Investment in the petroleum, diamond, and financial sectors are governed by sector-specific legislation.
For investments in the following sectors, a minimum of 35 percent local partic
ipation/partnerships is no longer required: 1) electricity and water, 2) tourism and hospitality, 3) transportation and logistics, 4) telecommunications and information technology, 5) construction, and 6) media.
Imports into Angola of the following goods are prohibited:
- Animals and animal by-products from areas affected by epizootic diseases.
- Plants coming from areas affected by epiphytic disease.
- Some distilled beverages, counterfeit goods, pornography, roulette and other gambling machines.
- Passenger vehicles over 6-years from the manufacturing date.
- Industrial vehicles if more than 10-years from the manufacturing date.
- Transgenic grain or seed.
Import licenses are required for certain products including some foods, medicines, live animal and plants, as well as some communications and national security related items. On January 14, 2019, Presidential Decree No. 23/19 entered into effect giving priority to 54 categories of goods produced in Angola by requiring that importers demonstrate that they either cannot find a product domestically or have already purchased domestically. The issuing of an import license for the 54 product categories is subject to these two requirements.
Principal Business Associations
American Chamber of Commerce in Angola (AmCham Angola) is a bilateral business chamber dedicated to promoting business between the United States and Angola and based in Luanda.
US-Angola Chamber of Commerce (USACC) is a bilateral business chamber promoting business between the United States and Angola with offices in both Washington, D.C. and Luanda.
Angolan Government Agencies related to business
On March 13, 2018 the government replaced the Angolan Investment and Export Promotion Agency (APIEX) with a new agency, the Private Investment and Export Promotion Agency (AIPEX). The new agency, which is under the Ministry of Economy, serves as a one-stop shop to promote investments and exports and the international competitiveness of Angolan companies. Its U.S. office is located at the Angolan Embassy in Washington, D.C.
Angolan Embassy in the United States (http://www.angolatradeusa.org/) – Trade Office is the Angolan government’s representation in the United States promoting Angolan business.