EQUATORIAL GUINEA

Logistic and forwarding services in Equatorial Guinea

Equatorial Guinea

Capital City
Malabo

Population
800’000

National languages
Spanish and French (official languages)

Currency
Communauté Financière Africaine Franc (XAF)

Gross national product (GNP)
USD 8.5 Mia.

GNP per person
USD 10.641

Financial exports to Switzerland
2’812’000 CHF

Financial imports from Switzerland

Bilateral relations Switzerland–Equatorial Guinea

The relations between Switzerland and Equatorial Guinea are scarcely intense. Nonetheless, they are considered by both sides as good.

Economic cooperation

Bilateral trade is weak. There are very few Swiss companies operating in Equatorial Guinea.

 

Business language

Spanish.

Dimensions and weights

Metric system.

Currency

1 CFA = 100 Centimos
ISO code: XAF

Customs tariff

Harmonised system.

Import control

No import authorisations are currently required.
There are bans on the import of armaments, narcotics and hallucinogens. Inspection certificates “Fiche de Demande d’Inspection” are required for certain goods (including foods, electronic devices, dyes etc).
Standard VAT rate: 18%

Pre-shipment inspection

A pre-shipment inspection is carried out by the inspection company Bureau Veritas regardless of the value of the goods.
When the ship is being loaded, an electronic International Cargo Tracking Note (ICTN) is required as evidence that the shipment is being tracked. This ICTN must be noted on the manifest.

Terms of payment and tenders

Irrevocable, confirmed letter of credit. Tenders FOB European ports or CIF port of destinations. EUR used as a basis. Tenders in Spanish.

Designations of origin

No special labelling regulations are known. Indicating the country of origin on the packages is recommended.
Packaging which is robust against heat, dust and moisture.

Marking/labelling

All shipments of goods which are transported to Burundi, Rwanda, Zambia, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo via Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, must also be clearly marked with a blue cross on the package on the standard marking side, the bars of which are at least 30 cm long, otherwise a special sorting fee will be charged. The amount of this fee is not yet known. The colours vary depending on the country of destination: Burundi – black, Rwanda – yellow, Zambia – green, Tanzania – red, Democratic Republic of the Congo – blue. (Where applicable ask the importer.) Clear, permanent and clearly visible note indicating the weight of shipments with a gross weight of 1.000 kg or more.

Packaging

No special regulations are known; robust, weatherproof packaging.

Product samples

Samples with no retail value are duty free. The shipment of samples which are subject to duty as “product samples” is not permissible.

Shipping and accompanying documents

a) Commercial invoices, 3 copies with standard information, in Spanish, original signature; certification not required.

b) Certificates of origin only on request; where necessary indicate “Suiza” or “Comunidad Europea” depending on the case

(Chamber of Industry and Commerce, certificates of origin).

c) Movement certificate, EUR 1 or UE not required.

d) Bills of lading uncertified; order bills of lading are possible if a notify address is given.

e) Inspection certificate (Aviso de Conformidad) needed.

f) Postal items: maximum weight 10 kg, 1 international dispatch note, 1 customs declaration (Spanish or French).