Complete guide to the steps of import-export in Ivory Coast

When we started as a company in maritime and air transit in Abidjan, our goal was to help, guide and facilitate companies in their approach and why not also individuals. We believe we are here to relieve you of all the hassle related to stress in import-export.

Here’s what you need to know before you start importing and exporting goods in Côte d’Ivoire

1. Recherche et sélection du marché cible

Conduct thorough market research, local regulations, trade barriers and customs requirements in Ivory Coast.

2. Établissement des partenariats

Your success will certainly be based on strong partnerships. Finding good suppliers and a good freight forwarder will be a great start for you, saving you time, money and productivity.

3. Gestion des documents et des réglementations

Here we are, you have found your target market and identified your suppliers as well as your freight forwarder in Abidjan. Let’s say you have already taken care of transporting your goods in shipping containers. Great, you are now at the stage of regulating your goods in one of the various ports of arrival in Côte d’Ivoire.

So here is what you will be asked at this stage:

– Transit order

– The maritime bill of lading (BL)

– supplier invoice

– the freight invoice

– the packing list

– insurance

– The certificate of origin

– Import/export licenses

– The Cargo Tracking Note (BSC)

– Customs declaration

Some products may require additional documents such as phytosanitary certificates, sanitary certificates, special licenses, etc.

Ce que vous devez savoir sur les droits de douanes en Côte d’Ivoire

The first category; category 0 concerns essential social goods (medicines, books, etc.), with a customs duty set at 0%. The second, category 1, concerns basic necessities, basic raw materials, capital goods, specific inputs. It is taxed at 5% customs duty. Category 2 is the group of intermediate products. Customs duty is 10%. For category 3, the customs duty rate is 20%. These are final consumer products (vehicles, televisions, etc.). The fifth, which is category 4, concerns strategic or specific products for economic development. It is 35% customs duty.

There is also the Statistical Royalty (RS) which is 1% regardless of the product, as well as the two community levies. These include, in particular, the WAEMU Levy called the Community Solidarity Levy (PCS) at 0.8%, the ECOWAS Community Levy (PCC) which is at 0.5%. There is also the African Union Levy (PUA) which is 0.2%.

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You must plan everything so that you do not have the misfortune of having your items subject to the Ivorian customs auction.

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