Frequently Asked Questions

When moving to Albania, foreigners (other than diplomats) wishing to import household goods into Albania cannot be exempted from duties and taxes. They need to pay all duties, taxes and VAT for their goods, and only after receipt of payment the shipment can be customs cleared. The clearance process takes two days and the following documents are requested to be submitted:

  • Copy of packing list – the inventory needs to be very detailed indicating customs values as this will be the base of calculation of duties and taxes
  • Proforma invoice indicating customs value
  • Copy of passport with the possibility that the original must be shown
  • Power of attorney for Move One to import the shipment
  • Note from hosting company that the shipper will be working in Albania for certain period
  • Copy of registration documents of the hosting company (NIPT)

Returning Albanian citizens are requested to get an approval from the Custom Office for exemption from duties and taxes. This exemption from duties and taxes can be taken only once in a lifetime.

The customs clearance takes two days and the following documents are needed for returning Albanian citizens to import their goods:

  • Packing list translated into Albanian
  • Proforma invoice indicating customs value of the goods
  • Passport copy (notarized)
  • Power of Attorney for Move One to import the shipment
  • Request for exemption from custom duties and taxes
  • Family certificate (original)
  • Residence permit (translated and notarized) from country of arrival
  • Documents that prove a continuous stay abroad for at least one year, such as lease contract, certificate from district/municipality, declaration from police about de-registration of the address abroad (translated and notarized copies)

In case the request for duty and tax free import is rejected by customs authorities, returning Albanian citizens will need to pay all duties, taxes and VAT for their goods and only after receipt of payment the shipment can be customs cleared.

Diplomats importing household goods and personal effects to Albania do not need to be present for the customs clearance process. They can import their goods duty free with no bank guarantee or bond. The customs clearance process takes two days and the following documents are requested to be submitted:

  • Copy of packing list
  • Copy of passport
  • Copy of ID diplomatic card
  • Power of attorney for Move One to import the shipment
  • Proforma invoice with stated value for customs purposes
  • Diplomatic protocol from the Embassy

Diplomats importing alcohol to Albania must pay full taxes regardless of their diplomatic status.

Notes

Valued inventory list for items being imported should be descriptive, e.g. double bed set, wardrobe, dining table with six chairs and etc. Home electrical and electronic appliances should be very clearly mentioned along with their serial numbers. It is also suggested to declare low customs value for clearing purposes.

The following items cannot be imported to Albania:

  • Weapons of all kinds
  • Pornography
  • Narcotics
  • Toxic materials
  • Radioactive materials
  • Stuffed animals

The shipper is not required to be present at import customs clearance. The clearance process takes about three days for cars. Documents needed are:

  • Certificate of origin
  • Copy of passport with the possibility that the original must be shown
  • Copy or owner’s drivers license
  • Car registration
  • Power of attorney for Move One to handle the customs clearance
  • Proof of insurance
  • Note from hosting company that the shipper will be working in Albania for certain period
  • Copy of registration documents of the hosting company (NIPT)

Notes

Only diplomats are exempt from paying duties and taxes, all other individuals have to pay duties, taxes and registration fees for their imported vehicles.

When importing such items to Albania, the items do not need to be registered upon arrival, but it is recommended to bring certificates of origin for as many pieces as you can. When exporting artwork and antiques from Albania the original paperwork showing that antiques were originally brought into the country is needed to facilitate the process.

The allowance limit for the import of alcoholic beverages and cigarettes for personal consumption is:

  • Alcohol: 12 bottles
  • Tobacco: 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars per person

Duties and taxes are to be paid for amounts exceeding the permitted limit, amount is always determined by customs authorities after checking the shipment.

Office Address

AFGS Depot 1 Jalalabad Road
Nebraska Printing Press Avenue
Kabul, Afghanistan

Phone / Email

+93 70 024 7374
afghanistan@moveoneinc.com

Office Timings

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