CHANGES TO IVORY COAST IMPORT REGULATIONS

CUSTOMER ADVISORY

CHANGES TO IVORY COAST IMPORT REGULATIONS


Dear Customer,

We would like to inform you, that the Government of the Republic Ivory Coast has announced and introduced a Verification of Conformity program for all goods imported in Ivory Coast with a FOB value superior or equal to 1 million of Francs CFA (approximatively EUR 1.500,00).

A transition period had been granted till July 16th 2018 (B/L date). As from now any shipments loaded after July 16th 2018 and arriving without the Certificate will be rejected by Customs and penalties will be applied (50% of Cargo value to be paid by the importers + confiscation and destruction of goods).

Below organizations have been appointed by the Ivorian Ministry of Commerce to issue the certificate:

Regulation:
-        Every shipment must be accompanied by a Certificate of Conformity (CoC);
-        The Shipper at the port of load must obtain the Certificate of Conformity (CoC), before loading the goods.
Certificate must be obtained at Port of Load and it is not possible to obtain it at Port of Discharge.
-        Certificate is mandatory for Customs clearance.

Exempted goods:
Please find the list of goods exempted, i.e. the Certificate of Conformity (CoC) is not needed for: 

  • Gold and other precious metals
  • Precious stones
  • Explosives, Weapons, ammunition and other war material intended for the national armed forces and to the police force.
  • Live animals
  • Fresh Fish, vegetables and fruit
  • Plants and floricultural products,
  • Impressed and developed cinematographic films
  • Newspapers and periodicals, stamps items or tax, stamp paper, banknotes, check books, passports
  • Personal effects and used household objects
  • Used cars
  • Postal Parcels
  • Raw or partially refined oil
  • Commercial samples
  • Supplies to the diplomatic and consular missions or international organizations, imported for their own needs/use.
  • Imported goods and equipment for oil and mining operations
  • Imports related to free regimes
  • Raw products and traditional handicraft of community origin

Note: this list of products can be changed by the Ministry of trade when necessary.

For more details and the usual assistance, please contact your local NileDutch representative.

 

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