Logistic and forwarding services in Togo


Capital City

7,0 Mio.

National languages
French, English.

Franco CFA

Gross national product (GNP)
USD 4.514 Mrd.

GNP per person
USD 628

Financial exports to Switzerland
CHF 19,31 Mio.

Financial imports from Switzerland
CHF 233,75 Mio.

Bilateral relations Switzerland–Togo

Bilateral relations between Togo and Switzerland are smooth and friendly but not very intensive.

Economic cooperation

Bilateral trade between Togo and Switzerland is fairly limited: in 2011 goods with a total value of CHF 16.39 million were exported from Switzerland to Togo, in particular vehicles and chemical products. During the same period, goods with a value of CHF 0.88 million were imported into Switzerland. Most of these imports were agricultural products.

Business language

French, English.

Dimensions and weights

Metric system.


National currency CFA-Franc (FCFA) = 100 centimes (c).

ISO code: XOF

Customs tariff

Harmonised system, customs clearance based on the CIF value.

Import control

Imports from the EU are almost entirely liberalised. Imports from the Franc zone require a general import authorisation from the Ministry of Trade and Industry. Imports from all other countries require an individual import licence from a value of 10.000 CFA. Importers must be registered with the Ministry of Commerce and hold an import card. Pro forma invoices (2 copies) showing the FOB value of the goods are required to apply for the licences. These are valid for 180 days. They can be extended by 6 months.

There has been a strict ban on the import and manufacture of plastic bags and plastic packaging which is not biodegradable since 05/10/2011.

Standard VAT rate: 18%

All import transactions from 500.000 CFA must be domiciled with an authorised bank. Import licences grant the right to buy foreign currencies in the month of shipment.

Transfers from Togo abroad are possible.

Pre-shipment inspection

For imports, the total invoice amount of which is less than FOB 1.500.000 CFA Francs (for air or sea freight) or FOB 1.000.000 CFA Francs (for road and rail shipments), an inspection certificate (Attestation de Vérification) must be issued. The Electronic Cargo Tracking Note (ECTN)/Bordereau de Suivi de Cargaison (BSC) required for import must be submitted before loading.

Terms of payment and tenders

Letters of credit as a basis are almost exclusively standard. Subsidiaries of French or Western European import companies pay via their parent companies.

Tenders FOB port of departure in EUR or CIF Lomé in FCFA; tenders in French.

Invoices in EUR.

Designations of origin

Required on goods with misleading names with the origin indicated as “Importé de …”. Ask the importer for instructions.


No special marking regulations for packages but “Made in …” is recommended.


Seaworthy packaging. Avoid hay and straw as packaging.

Product samples

Duty free if they have no retail value.

Shipping and accompanying documents

Standard and:

a) Commercial invoices, 3 copies, with all standard information including gross and net weight, FOB value, CIF costs, CIF value, terms of delivery etc. in French, uncertified. 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”. No certification necessary.

c) Movement certificate EUR 1 or UE not required.

d) Bills of lading uncertified; order bills of lading permissible if a notify address is given.

e) Postal packages up to 20 kg: 1 international dispatch note.

f) Packing list: including a packing list with shipments giving a precise overview of the individual packages with labelling, weight, dimensions and content is recommended.