Algeria has temporarily banned the import of 900 products which includes mobile phones, household appliances and vegetables. This is an attempt to cut an increasing import bill following a fall in energy earnings, according to an official document.
The OPEC member has been trying to cut spending on imports since crude oil prices started falling in mid-2014.
The import ban, which began on Sunday, also applies to furniture, all vegetables except garlic, some meats and fruits, cheeses, chocolates, pastries, pasta, juice, bottled waters and some building materials. It replaces an import licence system introduced two years ago.
“The import suspension of those products is limited in time, and will be lifted gradually with or without maintaining or increasing taxes and other duties,” the document, drawn up by the trade ministry, said.