Algeria ‘bans import of mobile phones’, chocolates and other 900 products
London, Jan. 9, 2018 (AltAfrika)-Algeria has put a temporary ban on the import of mobile phones and another 900 products, according to news agency Reuters.
The move also applies to all vegetables – apart from garlic – as well as a number of other foods, including chocolate, some furniture and bottled waters.
It is hoped the ban, which came into force on Sunday, will decrease the country’s import bill as it struggles to cope with falling crude oil prices.
Oil, along with gas, accounts for around 95% of Algeria’s exports.
According to the document drawn up by the trade ministry and seen by Reuters, the ban “is limited in time, and will be lifted gradually with or without maintaining or increasing taxes and other duties”.