Logistic and forwarding services in Guinea Bissau

Guinea Bissau

Capital City

ca. 1.7 Mio.

National languages
Portuguese (official language), many regional and local languages and dialects

Communauté Financière Africaine franc (XOF)

Gross national product (GNP)
USD 982 Mio.

GNP per person
USD 553

Financial exports to Switzerland
CHF 0.18 Mio.

Financial imports from Switzerland
CHF 0.00 Mio.

Bilateral relations Switzerland–Guinea-Bissau

Switzerland recognized Guinea-Bissau on 13 August 1974 and established diplomatic relations with the country in 1980. Business and trade relations between the two countries are modest. The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) assisted Guinea-Bissau until 2002 in the area of sustainable use of natural resources and has also provided humanitarian assistance, particularly in connection with the civil war in 1998.


Business language

Portuguese, English, French.

Dimensions and weights

Metric system.


National currency: CFA
ISO code: XOF

Customs tariff

Harmonised system.

Import control

There are financial sanctions by the EU against certain persons, organisations and facilities which are blocking the peace process. Import licences are required for all goods; validity 4 months. Checking whether there is a licence before shipping the goods is recommended. Foreign currencies are provided on the basis of the granting of the licence.
Standard VAT rate: 15%

Terms of payment and tenders

Irrevocable, confirmed letter of credit. Tenders in EUR, CIF destination.

Designations of origin

Indicate the country of origin on commercial invoices. For Swiss goods, indicate “Suiza”.


No special labelling regulations known.


Hay and straw are permissible as packaging materials. Select weatherproof packaging due to the tropical climate.

Product samples

Samples with no retail value are duty free. Product samples with a retail value (for temporary import) can only be imported via the package labels (green customs slip).
The re-export deadline is 6 months.

Shipping and accompanying documents

a) Commercial invoices, 4 copies, Portuguese or English, standard information with the import licence number and date of validity. The following must be signed in a legally binding manner at the end of the invoice: “Confirmanos que as mercadorias indicadas nesta factura são de origem da …”.

Certified by the Chamber of Industry and Commerce.

b) Certificates of origin are generally not required; 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 are possible if a notify address is given.

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