Logistic and forwarding services in Senegal


Capital City

14.5 Mio.

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

Communauté Financière Africaine franc (XOF)

Gross national product (GNP)
USD 15.05 Mrd.

GNP per person
USD 1006

Financial exports to Switzerland
CHF 16.58 Mio.

Financial imports from Switzerland
CHF 253.91 Mio

Bilateral relations Switzerland–Senegal

Switzerland opened a consulate in Dakar as long ago as 1928. Back then, around 100 Swiss citizens were living in Senegal. Switzerland immediately recognized the new state when it gained independence from France in 1960. The following year, the two countries established diplomatic relations.

The two countries have signed a number of agreements since the 1960s (trade, aviation, investment protection and technical cooperation), yet economic exchange remained modest.


Business language


Dimensions and weights

Metric system.


National currency 1 CFA Franc (CFA) = 100 centimes.

ISO code: XOF

Customs tariff

Harmonised system, customs clearance based on the CIF value.

Import control

Import licences: the import of EU goods is liberalised.

Individual licences are therefore not required, simply what are known as import certificates (Certificat d’Importation). There is an exception to this for goods which are subject to special conditions or on prohibited lists. Licences which are generally valid for 6 months are required for these. The goods must be shipped before the licence expires. The submission of a pro forma invoice is required for a licence to be granted. This must include the following: date, FOB price, delivery term, legally valid signature. Certificates are not required.

The German exporter should only ship goods if he is certain that the recipient is an authorised recipient and has an importer-exporter card, a condition for which is that he is registered in the commercial register.

There are currently no difficulties linked to the opening of letters of credit for Swiss exporters. Foreign currency can be granted without any difficulties.

Standard VAT rate: 18%


Pre-shipment inspection

Inspection certificate (Clean Report of Findings) issued for all goods following an inspection of the quality, quantity and price of all goods from a FOB value of 3 million CFA Francs by Swede Cotecna Inspection GmbH, Martinstraße 47–55, Haus D, 40223 Düsseldorf, Tel.: (0211) 178570, Fax: (0211) 323104 but printed in Dakar. Cargo Tracking Note/Bordereau de Suivi de Cargaison: The Cargo Tracking Note (CTN)/Bordereau de Suivi de Cargaison (BSC) required for import must be applied for before loading by the shipper/loader and filled in.


Terms of payment and tenders

Letters of credit as a basis are almost exclusively standard. Documents against payment can generally be agreed with large French companies without any additional problems. FOB tenders in CFA or EUR recommended.

Designations of origin

Putting “Importé de …” on goods is recommended.



Standard marking regulations in French. The note “Vente au Sénégal” must appear on goods including matches, batteries (r.20), materials, candles and alcohol intended for sale in Senegal.



Seaworthy packaging, regulations of ISPM No. 15.


Product samples

Duty free if they have no retail value.

Carnet A.T.A. procedure possible.

For samples held by travelling salesmen that are subject to customs duties ask for deepened details.

Shipping and accompanying documents

Standard and:

a) Commercial invoices, 2 copies, with all standard information including FOB and CIF value, gross and net weight, country of origin in French. 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 … et que les prix indiqués ci-dessus s’accordent avec les prix courants sur le marché d’exportation”. Chamber of Industry and Commerce certification only at the request of the recipient but generally recommended even without this.

b) Certificates of origin only on request. If certificates of origin are requested, 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 only on request. They are only issued if Senegal grants customs preference to EU originating products.

d) Bills of lading uncertified. Order bills of lading with a notify address are possible; uncertified.

e) Postal packages up to 31.5 kg: 1 international dispatch note, 2 customs declarations in French, 2 commercial invoices as for a)

f) Packing list: including a packing list in shipments is recommended.