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Algeria Requires Mandatory Arabic Language Labeling of Imported Products

algeria-858238_960_720The Algerian Ministry of Commerce has instructed economic operators to complete mandatory Arabic language labeling of imported products (the exception here being perishable pre-packaged food items) in the national territory.

The procedures were introduced as part of a sequence of measures which aim to facilitate administrative formalities and procedures for border control, improve border trade and reduce import costs. The Instruction requires that the labeling process should not exceed one month from the date the product enters Algeria, however this can be extended by an additional 15 days with the permission of the Provincial Trade Manager Director. Failure to comply with these provisions can result in goods being returned to the country of origin.

The labeling information must comply with the provisions of Executive Decree No. 13-378 dated November 9, 2013, according to the new Instruction. This lays down the procedures and conditions for informing the consumer. In addition to this, the information shown must be legible, visible and not easily erased/removed.

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