Logistic and forwarding services in Djibouti


Capital City


National languages
Arabic, French

Djibouti Franc (DJF)

Gross national product (GNP)
1.74 mia USD

GNP per person
USD 1805

Financial exports to Switzerland
CHF 0.40 Mio.

Financial imports from Switzerland
CHF 0.01 Mio.

Bilateral relations Switzerland–Djibouti

Djibouti, which is located in East Africa, was made a French colony in 1862. In 1967 it became largely autonomous and on 27 June 1977 declared its independence. Switzerland recognized the young nation the same day


Business language


Dimensions and weights

Metric system.


National currency 1 Djibouti Franc (FD) = 100 centimes (c).
ISO code: DJF


Customs tariff

Harmonised system.

Import control

Imports are extensively liberalised. There are still approval obligations for individual groups of goods, registration obligations (pharmaceuticals) There are general import bans on certain cosmetics and chemicals, plastic bags, hazardous waste and goods from Israel. Different levels of import duty are to be paid on all goods (Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Africa association). There are no foreign currency controls.
Standard VAT rate: 7%

Terms of payment and tenders

Irrevocable, confirmed letter of credit; invoicing in EUR; tenders in French.

Designations of origin

Indication of the country of origin on the commercial invoice.


Standard markings in French or English. Use this additional note “Made in …”.
No special elements of the labelling regulations are known.


Heat and moisture-resistant packaging.

Product samples

Samples with no retail value are duty free.

Shipping and accompanying documents

a) Commercial invoices, 4 copies, where possible in French, all standard information with delivery conditions and the like.

The following declaration of origin and price is 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 … et que les prix indiqués ci-dessus s’accordent avec les prix courants sur le marché d’exportation.” No certification necessary.

b) Certificates of origin only 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) Bills of lading uncertified; order bills of lading with a notify address possible.

e) Postal shipments: maximum weight 20 kg, 1 international dispatch note, 1 customs declaration (French or English).

f) Packing list required in accordance with the customs administration