Logistic and forwarding services in Mali


Capital City

15.8 Mio.

National languages
French (official language)

Communauté financière africaine franc (XOF)

Gross national product (GNP)
11 Mia. USD

GNP per person
673 USD

Financial exports to Switzerland
6.78 Mio. CHF

Financial imports from Switzerland
259.3 Mio. CHF

Bilateral relations Switzerland–Mali

Switzerland is committed to peacebuilding in Mali. Various bilateral treaties apply at the economic level. Furthermore, Mali is a priority of Switzerland’s development cooperation.

Economic cooperation

Switzerland has a wide range of bilateral treaties (on trade, economic cooperation, mutual investment protection and civil aviation) with Mali. Switzerland’s prime import is gold, while Its main exports are pharmaceutical products and machinery.



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Dimensions and weights

Metric system.


National 1 Franc (CFA) = 100 centimes (c).
ISO code: XOF

Customs tariff

Harmonised system.

Import control

Liberalised goods and those for which a licence is required. An import certificate is required for liberalised goods. Signed pro forma invoices are required to apply for the import licence. These may not be more than 3 months old. The licence can be extended by 3 months. Certificates are not required. The duration of licences is generally six months. There are bans on the import of drugs, live cattle and products made of beef, alcohol and goods of Israeli origin.
Foreign currency transfer must be approved by the state Export-Import bank, the Ministry of Economics must have approved this in advance.
Standard VAT rate: 18%.

Pre-shipment inspection

An inspection of the quality, quantity and price and customs tariff confirmation is required for all goods (up to CFA Franc 3.000.000 FOB) before shipment. FCL parts are subject to an inspection regardless of their value and must be sealed.
Ask the testing company about additional exceptions to this.

Terms of payment and tenders

Deliveries should only be made on provision of an irrevocable, confirmed letter of credit. Delivery only after successful opening of a letter of credit with a bank is recommended. Documents against payment is not advisable. Invoices in EUR on a CIF or FOB basis. Correspondence and tenders must be in French.

Designations of origin

Required on goods with misleading names with the origin indicated as “Importé de …”, where applicable.


Standard marking. Additional note “Vente au Mali” is required for certain goods such as textiles, weaving yarn, batteries etc.


Seaworthy packaging. No special marking regulations for packaging. Marking “Importé de …” is recommended.
Avoid hay and straw. The inclusion of a packing list with an overview of all packaging indication the type, quantity, trademark, number, gross and net weight and content is recommended.

Product samples

Duty free if they have no retail value.

Shipping and accompanying documents

All correspondence with the Malian authorities must be in French.

Standard and:

a) Commercial invoices, 3 copies, with all standard information including licence no. gross and net weight, FOB and CIF value and precise description of the goods in French. Certification of the original and 1 copy by the Chamber of Industry and Commerce. The following declaration to be signed by the exporter in a legally binding manner must appear at the end of the invoice: “Nous certifions que les marchandises dénommées dans cette facture sont de fabrication et d’origine de …”.

c) Certificates of origin for all goods (1 copy). As the origin, indicate “Swiss” in the case of Swiss goods, or “European Union” for goods originating from UE.

c) Movement certificate EUR. 1 and UE not necessary.

d) Postal packages 20 kg: 1 foreign dispatch note, 2 customs declaration in French.

e) Uncertified order bills of lading with a notify address.