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Albania Download Profile (1886.2KB, pdf)
Region Europe & Central Asia
Income Category Upper middle income
Population 2,889,167
GNI Per Capita (US$) 4,290
City covered Tirana



DB 2017 Rank



DB 2017 DTF (% points)

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Topics DB 2017 Rank DB 2016 Rank info_outline Change in Rank DB 2017 DTF (% points) info_outline DB 2016 DTF (% points) info_outline Change in DTF (% points) info_outline
Overall 58 90 up
68.90 61.30 down
Starting a Business 46 42 down
91.73 91.69 up
Dealing with Construction Permits 106 186 up
67.61 0.00 up
Getting Electricity 156 164 up
48.30 43.67 up
Registering Property 106 107 up
58.77 58.06 up
Getting Credit 44 42 down
65.00 65.00
Protecting Minority Investors 19 15 down
71.67 71.67
Paying Taxes 97 109 up
70.96 67.25 up
Trading across Borders 24 22 down
96.29 96.97 down
Enforcing Contracts 116 113 down
53.66 53.66
Resolving Insolvency 43 42 down
64.96 64.98 down

Positive=Doing Business reform making it easier to do business. Negative=Change making it more difficult to do business.

DB 2017 Rank: 46

DB 2016 Rank: 42

Change in Rank: down4

DB 2017 DTF (% points): 91.73

DB 2016 DTF (% points): 91.69

Change in DTF (% points): up0.04

Indicator Albania Europe & Central Asia OECD high income
Procedure – Men (number) info_outline 5.0 4.9 4.8
Time – Men (days) info_outline 5.0 10.2 8.3
Cost – Men (% of income per capita) info_outline 10.1 4.7 3.1
Procedure – Women (number) info_outline 5.0 4.9 4.8
Time – Women (days) info_outline 5.0 10.2 8.3
Cost – Women (% of income per capita) info_outline 10.1 4.7 3.1
Paid-in min. capital (% of income per capita) info_outline 0.0 4.0 9.2
No. Procedure Time to Complete Associated Costs

Request and obtain the Registration Certification and Unique Business Identification Number with National Registration Center, NRC (Qendra Kombëtare për Regjistrim, QRK)

Agency: National Business Center

The National Business Center was established by law 131/2015, dated 26.11.2015, through the merger of the National Registration Center and the National Licensing Center. The National Business Center functions as a Single window where the entrepreneur can complete company registration, tax registration, social insurance, health insurance and labor directorate registration using a single application procedure.

The company can search a company name online or in person. Furthermore, the registration may be done in person, or online via e-Albania portal, which was launched in January 2015. The online company registration requires an authentication process and electronic signature. At present, majority of companies still register in person.
1 day ALL 100

Employee registration with the Employment Regional Directory

Agency: State Labour Inspectorate

In order to realize the registration the following documents are required:

1. Registration Certificate from the NRC and the declaration of the employed persons
2. Submit the payroll every 3 months by keeping a signed and sealed copy

The newly registered company shall download the relative registration form at the State Labour Inspectorate website (, and submit it the State Labour Inspectorate office.
1 day no charge

Registration with the Municipality Bureau of Internal Revenue

Agency: Municipality Bureau of Internal Revenue

The National Business Center, within 24 hours from the registration of the company notifies the Municipality Bureau of Internal Revenue and Tax Authorities. After the business has obtained the registration certificate from the NBC, it must register with the municipality bureau of internal revenue.

In order to do the registration with the Municipality Bureau of Internal Revenue the following documents are required:
1) The Application form;
2) The Registration Certificate form the National Business Center;
3) the Statute and the By Laws of the Company
4) Rent agreement or proprietorship certificate of the Headquarters of the Company.

Under resolution of the Municipal Council of Tirana no. 9, dated 12.10.2011, as amended, the value of the billboard tax for company identification purpose (size of up to 4m2) is ALL 120 p.a. Based on the same resolution, the current value of the cleaning fee for activities of production of goods, is (depending on the type of goods produced) between ALL 37,500 and ALL 45,000 p.a.
1 day ALL 45,120. See procedure details.

Purchase pre-printed invoices from Tax Authority

Agency: Tax Authority

According to the Fiscal Procedure Law, a newly established company must purchase pre-printed invoices from tax authorities. The company may not use invoices other than the pre-printed ones. Following company registration, the company founders or representatives request to purchasing a batch of pre-printed invoices, with company number on them, at the price of 360 ALL for each batch (50 copies).
1 day 360 ALL for a batch of 50 invoices

Make a company seal

Agency: Private sealmakers

Based on Order of the Prime Minister no. 43 dated 05.04.2012, central government bodies dealing with company initial registrant should immediately interrupt any request for sealing of registries documents with the seal of the company. This order is addressed to Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Labor and all other institutions under such line ministries. Moreover, in order to perform further procedural simplification, the Order requires said institutions to identify any provision in the sector laws and secondary legislation that may require amendments for abolishing the need of a company stamp and of notarized copies of registration documents.

In practice, procedures and filings with tax authorities are done online http://www.tatime.gov.al/gdt/login.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fgdt%2fMy_Taxes.aspx and no stamp is required.

With regard to declaration of employees at Labor Office the notification form is still paper based, and the company seal may be randomly requested based on the interpretation of the inspector. The same is true for Municipality Registration.

Therefore the practical requirement for a company seal is considered as abolished. However, there are still random requests for stamping registration and notification forms based on the interpretation of specific agency officers. Thus, the most companies still prefer to make a company seal.
1 day ALL (3,000 - 5,000)