CHAD

Logistic and forwarding services in Chad

Chad

Capital City
N’Djamena

Population
13.2 Mio.

National languages
French and Arabic (official languages)

Currency
Communauté Financière Africaine franc (XAF)

Gross national product (GNP)
USD 12.02 Mrd.

GNP per person
USD 1039

Financial exports to Switzerland
CHF 2.53 Mio.

Financial imports from Switzerland
CHF 0.02 Mio.

Bilateral relations Switzerland–Chad

Chad is a priority country for bilateral cooperation. The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC has been assisting Chad since 1965, above all with rural development as well as with access to healthcare and basic education. It is currently (2012) helping to alleviate the famine across the Sahel region.

 

Business language

French.

Dimensions and weights

Metric system.

Currency

National currency CFA-Franc (FCFA) = 100 centimes (c).
ISO code: XAF

Customs tariff

Harmonised system, customs clearance based on the CIF value.

Import control

Import licences are required but they are no longer required for deliveries from the EU. All quotas have been lifted.
Standard VAT rate: 18%.
Foreign currencies for payment for imported goods are available from the foreign currency authorities (Office des Changes) via the collection banks.
Transfers from CFA countries are time-intensive as they have to be converted into EUR first.

Pre-shipment inspection

A quality, quantity and price inspection and certification and a determination of the customs value is required for all goods before shipment (not including shipments under a value of 2.000.000 CFA Francs FOB). A Cargo Tracking Note (ECTN) is required for import. This must be applied for before loading. Contact: Antaser Afrique Sprl, Duboisstraat 46, 2060 Anvers (Belgium), e-mail: info@antaser.com The ECTN number must be indicated on the freight documents and the manifest.

Terms of payment and tenders

Irrevocable, confirmed letters of credit are almost exclusively standard, otherwise there are difficulties with transfers. Tenders in CFA recommended. Invoices in EUR.

Designations of origin

Required on goods with misleading names with the origin indicated as “Importé de Suisse”. Obtain instructions from the importer.

Marking/labelling

All foreign products, natural products and all other products which have an inscription on their packaging, box, bundle, envelope, steel strip or label etc. that may give a misleading impression as to their origin are banned from import unless the country of origin is clearly marked.

Packaging

Sea packaging, particularly stable. Avoid hay and straw as packaging. No special marking regulations for packaging.

Product samples

Duty free if they have no retail value.

Shipping and accompanying documents

Standard and:

a) Commercial invoices, 3 copies in French with all standard information including gross and net weight, individual prices FOB value, CIF costs, CIF value etc., uncertified. The following declaration to be signed by the exporter must appear at the end of the invoice: “Nous certifions que les prix indiqués ci-dessus s’accordent avec les prix courants sur le marché d’exportation”.

b) Certificates of origin only on request.

c) Postal items up to 31.5 kg: 1 international dispatch note, 3 customs declaration in French.

d) Movement certificate not required.

e) Packing list: if the commercial invoice does not provide a clear and precise overview of the mark, number, type and contents of the individual packages, a packing list must be included.