Prohibited Items in Albania
Import prohibitions, restrictions, and licensing.
The only import prohibitions relate to products considered to be hazardous or to threaten public health. The importation of dangerous waste is prohibited, unless it may be used, processed, or recycled, in which case an import licence is required (see below) Import prohibitions also apply to import strong poisons, chemical weapons, and narcotics and, to animal products from certain countries.
The Law on Veterinary Service and Inspectorate prohibits the importation of bio-products and veterinary drugs recognized as dangerous to human and animal health by relevant international organizations; imports from countries or areas within a country infected by a contagious disease; and live micro-organisms that are pathogenic to animals. The Law on Plant Protection Service prohibits the importation of plants, plant products, and other objects that are carrying pests.
There are no specific prohibited imports. Certain categories of products require licenses and registration before their importation to Albania, including but not limited to, insecticides, pesticides, and pharmaceuticals. Special import provisions are enforced for strategic sectors such as weapons, munitions, and dual-use items.
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Albania requires importers of certain products to be licensed, for reasons including SPS objectives, security, protection of the environment, and compliance with obligations under international conventions. In addition, in some cases, the respective products to be imported are subject to further restrictions. Most import licences are granted by the newly established National Licences Centre