What Products does Albania Make and Sell Abroad?
The Balkans produce more history than they can consume, Winston Churchill used to say. What about the other products that the region and especially Albania can offer to the region, Europe and the world?
Albania produces and a wide range of goods and services for the domestic market and for export.
The Institute of Statistics (INSTAT) confirms that the industrial sector is the main sector in exports of goods. Based on the recent publication the value of exports made by companies operating in the Industry sector during 2012-2016 period amounts to 84.5% of the total export value. The value of exports to the European Union countries during the same period is 76.6% and Italy accounts for 71.6%.
Speaking about the products that the industrial companies export from Albania, the processing industry accounts for more than half of the exports. The processing industry is dominated by the footwear and garment sectors, and base metal products.
There are 20 large enterprises in Albania that provide about 50% of the total value of exports for the last five years.
On the other hand, there are ten large enterprises operating in other sectors, industry and trade excluded, that account for about 56.4percent of exports.
There are several international companies operating in Albania. On the other hand, there is no specific Albanian brand that is famous all around the world.
Currently, the list of goods and services that Albania exports include:
Agriculture, forestry, and fishery
Materials from mining and extraction
Tobacco and its products
Leather and leather products
Wood and timber products
Paper and paper products
Pharmaceuticals and preparations
Optic, electronic products, and potentiometers
Machinery and other non-classified tools
Transportation, trailers, semi-trailers
Other transport equipment
Other manufactured goods
Electronic, gas, steam and air conditioning and water supply
Products Exported by Albania
Where do Albanian Goods Go?
The main export countries of Albania are Italy, Serbia, Greece, Spain, Germany, Macedonia, Switzerland, China, and Bulgaria.
To the region
Albania is part of CEFTA, a modern free trade agreement between the non-EU countries in central and South Eastern Europe. As of July 2013, the member parties of CEFTA are Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, and Serbia. Albania has also free trade agreements with SAA, FTA, Turkey, and EFTA countries. However, specific fees considered as preferential tariffs can be implemented for products originating from the member countries of the above-mentioned organizations. They are specified by the Albanian Customs under Preferential Tariffs section.
To the European Union
As it was mentioned above, some of the main export countries of Albania are members of the European Union. Yet, Albania would export more goods and products to the EU member countries if it would comply with defined requirements. Currently, there is a ban on export of Albanian mussles to the EU. Trade between Albania and the EU was strengthened following the signing of the Stabilization-Association Agreement in June 2006.
MADE IN ALBANIA and how to get a barcode?
Until a few year ago, Albanian exporters used barcodes for Greece or Italy, because the country was not part of EAN/UCC system. The lack of a barcode system was a major obstacle for numerous producers and traders that export their goods, especially to the EU member countries.
Currently, all the businesses and companies that need a barcode for their products can apply at GS1 Albania. This is the licensed organization that helps Albanian producers to get their brands on shelves or for online sales by providing them with barcodes.
GS1 also explains what is needed for obtaining the barcode. At first, it is required to become a member of the organization. Membership has a fee of Lek 15,000.
Secondly, a license is issued depending on the size of the product range. There are three types of licenses, GCP 11, GCP 10, and GCP 9. Registration is completed online.
Made in Albania products are divided into two groups. The first are the brands that are owned and produced by Albanian companies. The second group includes the articles that are manufactured in Albania for international brands. There are numerous textile companies that manufacture clothes for well-known brands such as Zara, Tommy Hilfiger, Jack & Jones, Versace, Escada, D & G, and many others.
According to the data provided by Ministry of Economic Development in April 2017, there were 60 Made in Albania registered products.
Wines, Beer, Grape, Cognac
Albania has an early tradition of grape cultivation and it is known for its different types of wine and grape. Albania has four main wine producing regions that are divided in the Western Lowlands, the Central area, the Eastern sub-mountainous area, and the highlands. Besides wine, Albanian also produce grape, (Raki) and cognac.
The most important wineries are Skenderbeu, Cobo, Kallmet, Arberi, Kokomani. Skenderbeu is also famous for its cognac, while Raki Skrapari is considered the best band of Albanian grape.
Wine, grape, and cognacs can be purchased online too.
Albanian Olive Oil
Due to its location on the coasts of the Mediterranean Sea, olive culture or the cultivation of olive trees is of major agricultural importance. There are more than ten million olive plants in the country and about 150 olive oil factories.
The number of olive plants increased during the recent years, yet more investment in olive oil plants is needed for a high-quality product. Albanian olive oil is currently exported in Switzerland, in the United States and even in China. Currently, there are about 20 producers of extra virgin olive oil that sell their products in international markets. Albanian olive oil can be purchased online.
Medicinal and aromatic plants and spices
Albania is a market leader regarding the high quality of medicinal and aromatic plants that it exports to the EU and beyond. This is one of the most important branches of agricultural export as it generates about Euro 16 million per year and it is a source of income for more than 100,000 Albanian citizens. The main medicinal and aromatic plants that Albania exports are sage, thyme, oregano, cornflower/silk, thyme lavender, and winter savory. Collection points are found all over the country, but there are no processing plants. This is the reason why Albania imports most of the essential oils from other countries. These plants can be also purchased online on Amazon or Alibaba.
Apple Juice from Peshkopia area is a typical Made in Albania product. The area is known for its high-quality apple fruits and the inhabitants of the area have invested in establishing a local brand. They produce 100 percent fresh apple juice and the European market is their goal.
Handicrafts and souvenirs
Albania has a rich tradition of handiwork. Albanian artisans are found throughout the country and they are known for their products made of wood, metals, copper, leather, wool, gold and silver. They produce ornaments, jewelry, pottery, musical instruments, carpets, rugs, and filigree.
Beauty products. These products are often found in traditional bazaars and souvenir shops. They are authentic and valuable Albanian products.