GUINEA

Logistic and forwarding services in Guinea

Guinea

Capital City
Conakry

Population
12 Mio.

National languages
French (official language), regional and local languages and dialects

Currency
Guinean Franc(GNF)

Gross national product (GNP)
USD 7.2 Mia.

GNP per person
USD 612

Financial exports to Switzerland
CHF 4.27 Mio.

Financial imports from Switzerland
CHF 40.1 Mio.

Bilateral relations Switzerland–Guinea

Diplomatic relations between Switzerland and Guinea are not very intensive. In the 1990s, during the civil wars in Liberia and Sierra Leone, Switzerland provided humanitarian aid to Guinea. Various agreements on debt reduction and migration were negotiated.

Economic cooperation

The volume of trade between Switzerland and Guinea is low. In 2011, Switzerland imported goods to the value of CHF 0.1 million. Exports to Guinea amounted to CHF 9 million, mainly paper and printed products, machinery and vehicles.

 

Business language

French.

Dimensions and weights

Metric system.

Currency

National currency Franc Guinéen (FG).
ISO code: GNF

Customs tariff

Harmonised system.

Import control

Restrictive measures: there is a weapons embargo, a ban on the import of equipment for internal repression and financial sanctions.
There is a registration obligation for importers. Containers are scanned at goods import control at the port for the purpose of risk analysis. Live animals, used goods, goods which are not subject to customs duties or taxes and industrial designs are exempt from pre-shipment inspections.
In the application form, FDI is labelled by BIVAC accordingly so the goods are not required to undergo pre-shipment inspections. There are certificate obligations (including plants, seeds, animals products) and approval obligations (including pharmaceuticals and fuels) for various groups of products.
Standard VAT rate: 18%.

Pre-shipment inspection

An inspection of the quality, quantity and price and a customs classification is required before shipment from goods with a FOB value of USD 3.500. Ask the testing company about exceptions to this. The importer must submit a “Fiche de Demande d’Inspection” to the BIVAC office in Conakry. It is valid for 6 months and can be extended once for a period of 3 months.

Terms of payment and tenders

Tenders in French based on fob from European ports or CIF Conakry. Agreeing precise payment terms including payment guarantees on conclusion of the contract is recommended. An irrevocable and confirmed letter of credit is recommended. EUR invoicing.

Designations of origin

“Importé de Suisse” is required on goods, the presentation of which could give the impression that the goods have misleading origin.

Marking/labelling

No special marking regulations are known, but the addition of “Importé de …” is advisable. Package inscriptions in French. Special labelling regulations apply to goods including cosmetics, dyes, chemicals, spirits and medicines. Information on labelling is available from Bivac International.

Packaging

Hay, straw and other packaging materials that are suspected of being infected require an official plant certificate. Where applicable use welded containers to avoid theft.

Product samples

Duty free if they have no retail value.

Shipping and accompanying documents

Standard and:

a) Commercial invoices, 3 copies in French with a declaration of origin, uncertified. Declaration to be signed by the exporter must appear at the end of the invoice: “Nous certifions que les marchandises dénommées dans cette facture sont de fabrication et d’origine de …”.

b) Certificates of origin only required on request. As the origin, indicate “Swiss” in the case of Swiss goods, or “European Union” for goods originating from UE.

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

d) Postal packages and airmail packages up to 20 kg: 1 international dispatch note, for airmail with an “airmail” sticker, 2 customs declarations in French.

e) Detailed packing list required for pre-shipment control.