Logistic and forwarding services in Zaire in Côte d’Ivoire

Côte d’Ivoire

Capital City

20.8 Mio.

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

Communauté Financière Africaine franc (XOF)

Gross national product (GNP)
USD 31.75 Mrd.

GNP per person
USD 1‘362

Financial exports to Switzerland
CHF 33.62 Mio.

Financial imports from Switzerland
CHF 415.43 Mio.

Bilateral relations Switzerland–Ivory Coast

Switzerland has maintained friendly relations with the Ivory Coast (Côte d’Ivoire) since it gained independence in 1960. Switzerland has made a significant contribution to the development of the food sector and state infrastructure, and is a major investor and provider of humanitarian aid.

Economic cooperation

Despite political and military crisis since the 2000s and the resulting noticeable drop in trade, economic relations with the Ivory Coast are intensive. Switzerland chiefly exports chemical products and machinery. In 2011, export volumes amounted to CHF 36.3 million. In the same year, goods worth CHF 90.5 million were imported, primarily fuel and agricultural produce.
After France and the UK, Switzerland is the third largest foreign investor in the country; around 35 Swiss companies are active in the Ivory Coast in the food, chemicals, cement and infrastructure sectors.


Business language


Dimensions and weights

Metric system.


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

Customs tariff

Harmonised system.

Import control

Restrictive measures: There is a weapons embargo, a ban on the import of raw diamonds and a financial embargo, among other measures.
Commercial shipments of goods from a value of 1.000.000 XOF undergo a tariff and value inspection on import. The submission of an import declaration by the importer to the Ivorian customs in advance is required for these shipments. A confirmed declaration combined with further documents relevant to import can be used to exempt the goods from inspection in the form of a tariff and value application by the inspection company Webb Fontaine, which issues an inspection report (RFCV) to release the goods.
Import authorisations are required, for example, for live animals, plants, precious metals etc.
The import of goods is fundamentally free with the exception of a certain number of goods which are subject to quotas and some goods, the import of which is prohibited. An import licence is required for goods which are subject to a quota from a value of 25.000 FCFA; the validity of the licence is generally six months.
Standard VAT rate: 18%

Pre-shipment inspection

The conformity programme has been suspended indefinitely.
Cargo Tracking Note/Bordereau de Suivi des Cargaisons: a Cargo Tracking Note (CTN)/Bordereau de Suivi des Cargaisons (BSC) ia required for import. This must be submitted online via www.oic.ci by the exporter/freight forwarder.

Terms of payment and tenders

Letters of credit as a basis are almost exclusively standard. Documents against payment (D/P) can be agreed with large French companies of known creditworthiness. The payment term is 90 days as a standard. It is recommended that a clause be included in the purchase agreement stating that non-payment by the buyer entitles the seller to withdraw from the contract.
Tenders in French in EUR or CFA-Francs CIF to Abidjan are recommended. Invoices in EUR.

Designations of origin

“Importé de Suisse” is required on goods, the presentation of which could give the impression that the goods are of French origin, where applicable.


Standard information for marking with the addition of “Importé de Suisse” recommended. Special labelling regulations apply to goods including foods, conserves, printed textiles and pharmaceutical products.


Seaworthy packaging. Avoid hay and straw.
Wooden packaging of all kinds must be chemically or mechanically treated to prevent infestation by pests.

Product samples

All samples sent must in principle be declared. Shipments of samples with no retail value must be accompanied by a pro forma invoice indicating the nominal value. More details, including about the ATA Carnet procedure which is permitted.

Shipping and accompanying documents

Draft all correspondence in French.

Documents that are intended for use in the Côte d’Ivoire are legalised by the Embassy of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire in Berlin after certification by the regional authorities or Chamber of Industry and Commerce.

Standard and:

a) Commercial invoices, 3 copies in French, uncertified, FOB and CIF value with standard information including: name and location of the recipient, numbers and quantity of packages, gross/net weight.

The following 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 la Suisse et que les prix indiqués ci-dessus s’accordent avec les prix courants sur le marché d’exportation.”

b) Certificates of origin (quantity varies) in French are required for all goods originating outside of the European Union.

c) Postal items up to 31.5 kg: 1 international dispatch note, 4 customs declaration in French.

d) Order bills of lading permitted, notify address required.

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



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