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Import/Export

United Kingdom to Cote D'Ivoire

Country or Territory Regulations Topics:

Import Documentation

For charges made for Export Shipments from United Kingdom to the destination country or territory, please refer to Brokerage Services and Charges-Export Shipments with United Kingdom as the destination.

Driving Licenses

Valid Driving Licenses can be shipped as documents. The description must clearly state 'driving license'. Shipping driving licenses require the approval of the UK customs authorities. A delay of minimum one day has to be calculated.

Please check the import related information if driving licenses are allowed for importation.

Mobile phones to all destinations from United Kingdom can be delayed on export due to security checks from government bodies.

Goods under IATA Special Provisions A67 require a MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet).

It is not required for all, however shipments can be held by local authority in United Arab Emirates after screening due to lack of MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) or NON DG (Dangerous Goods) declaration letter from the shipper resulting to misconnections and impacting end-to-end service.

It would be advisable for all shipments originating, transiting and terminating for UAE to have MSDS or NON DG declaration from shipper enclosed in the shipment and copies to be uploaded in IDIS.

In addition to a Commercial Invoice, a Packing List is required.

Export procedure ex United Kingdom

A formal electronic export declaration must be sent to customs authorities by the exporter or their representative. Customs authorities grant the release for export and issue an Export Accompanying Document (EAD) with a unique Movement Reference Number (MRN). UPS operated simplified procedures allowing export formalities to be completed upto 14 days after export.

Informal Declarations
An informal declaration is possible for shipments up to a national threshold. The informal declaration is based on the invoice value and is restricted to shipments not subject to prohibitions and restrictions (for example, embargo regulations) or special export procedures (for example, temporary export). The informal clearance will be done by UPS at the point of exit.

National Requirements
Shipments up to a value of 873.00 GBP can be declared informally on the basis of the invoice.

Shipments in the value range 873.00 GBP - 2000 GBP have full and formal individual electronic export declarations which are completed within 14 days of export.

Shipments exceeding 2000 GBP and those that need control on export (for example, temporary exports, return after repair, export licenses) require formal and full electronic export declaration and positive Customs clearance prior to export.

UPS service
UPS offers the service to prepare export declarations on behalf of the exporter without additional fees.

Export Documentation

Valid passports can be shipped as documents. The description must clearly state 'passport'. Shipping passports require the approval of the UK customs authorities. A delay of minimum one day has to be calculated.

Please check the import related information if passports are allowed for importation.

Clearance Information

All non-document shipments to Cote D'Ivoire require an inspection by a dedicated pre-inspection office (for example, Web Fontaine) either at the origin (to be arranged by the shipper) or at the destination (which can lead to import delays). For more detailed information please contact your Chamber of Commerce. In addition to Customs and police inspections, there is a Web Fontaine inspection for dutiable shipments. For all packages inspected by this agency, the consignee will be billed as follows:

  • Invoices with a total value up to 500,000.00 XOF = 5000.00 XOF
  • Invoices with a total value from 500,000.00 to 14,000,000.00 XOF = 100,000.00 XOF
  • Invoices with a total value exceeding 14,000,000.00 XOF = 0.75% of the total invoice value.

    Furthermore all non-documents shipments are split into 3 types of dutiable items:

    Invoices with a total value up to 50,000 XOF  duty and tax will be calculated through a simplified process  there is no need for an import permit; import code or VAT ID.

    Invoices with a total value up to 1,000,000 XOF  require a formal customs clearance process along with;

    Import Code & VAT ID.

    Import permit required for Medicine or Health items.

    In addition, a Certificate of Conformity might be required after physical inspection at the point of landing. A list of affected commodities can be found by following the link Ivory Coast Ministry of Commerce. Raw materials going into a factory for processing and transformation are exempted. This applies to ocean and air standard freight shipments only. If an import quantity is too small to cause any significant risk to the consumer, e.g. multiple shipment but the single shipment has a value below 1000.00 FCFA, no Certificate of Conformity will be required.

    Value control : Physical control of shipment is done by a branch of Customs called DARRV (Direction de lAnalyse du Risque, du Renseignement et de la Valeur).

    Invoices with a total value above 1,000,000 XOF  require a formal customs clearance process along with:

    Import Code & VAT ID

    Import permit required for Medicine or Health items.

    Value control : done by Web Fontaine based on provided invoice, no physical control of the shipment.

    Due to a Ministerial decree, a pre-shipment inspection program was implemented to verify conformity of materials on all imports into Ivory Coast. This control was entrusted to 4 companies: Bureau Veritas, COTECNA, INTERTEK, SGS.

    The supplier/exporter must therefore issue a certificate of conformity to the importer. The costs are charged to the supplier/exporter as follows:

    - Maritime voice = 0.45% of FOB
    - Road voice = 0.30% of FOB
    -Aerial voice = 0.40%.

    Any importation without certificate of conformity will be applied a penalty of 50% of the CIF value with seizing followed by the destruction of the materials at the expense of the importer.

  • Packages under customs hold which need to be cleared as formal entry and where duty and tax apply, the process should be finalized within 25 days.

    After 25 days, a penalty will be charged by customs.

    After two months the packages are seized by customs to be sold at auction.

    Return shipments under customs hold require duty and tax payment charged by customs before they can be returned (RTS).

    Door-to-door delivery is available to Abidjan and San Pedro. Outside these areas, a local transport courier service is used and the consignee is informed about arrival time at destination to arrange pickup.
    Please note that not only the value(s) of the commodity/commodities have to be considered when calculating duty and tax, but also the freight charge and other fees.
    UPS cannot deliver to a P.O. Box address. All packages require a consignee's contact name and complete street address including apartment, suite or unit number if applicable. The consignee's telephone number should be provided if known.

    Areas Served

    Service is provided to and from certain cities.
    UPS cannot deliver to a P.O. Box address. All packages require a consignee's contact name and complete street address including apartment, suite or unit number if applicable. The consignee's telephone number should be provided if known.

    Saturday, Sunday, and official holidays.
    Spring +0000/ Fall +0000
    French
    Cfa Franc(XOF), Cfa Franc Beac(XAF), Franc Congolais(CDF), US Dollar(USD)

    Billing Options

    • Shipping charges can be billed to the shipper, receiver or a third party.
    • When billing the receiver, either the shipper or receiver's account number is required.
    • When billing to a third party, the third party's name, country or territory and account number are required.
    • Duties and taxes can be billed to the shipper, receiver or a third party.
    • When billing a third party, the third party's name, country or territory and account number are required.
    • If the duties and taxes are billed to an account outside of the destination country or territory, a "Duty and Tax Forwarding" surcharge will be applied.
    • Please note the following third party billing exceptions:
      • Shipments to and from the same country or territory (domestic shipments) cannot be billed to third party payors in other countries or territories. For example, shipments from Mexico to Mexico or Canada to Canada cannot be billed to a third party payor in the U.S. This rule does not apply to UPS domestic services in European Union countries or territories. For example, shipments from Germany to Germany can be billed to a third party payor in the U.S. (as long as the payor is a business and has a VAT or Tax/EIN ID on file with UPS).
    • When paying by check, or cash, only the shipper can be billed the shipping charges
    • Payments by Credit Card or use of Internet accounts is not permitted

    Commodity Specific Stipulations

    There are special stipulations on the following commodities when shipping to Cote D'Ivoire. If you plan to ship one of the commodities listed below, be sure to adhere to the following stipulations in order to avoid delays and holds at customs.

    Bank Cards which are requested to be sent out of the United Kingdom should be declared for referral to HMRC and await their approval to send.
    An invoice is required on all shipments containing a CD-Rom/Disk. Invoice should indicate the value of the Recording Media (eg. CDR/DVD) & the Intellectual/statistical value of the software/data separately
    Data shipments to Cote D'Ivoire require an invoice with the value of the CD-ROM or disk only.
    Passports which are requested to be sent out of the United Kingdom should be declared for referral to HMRC and await their approval to send.

    Gift Exemptions

    0.00 US Dollar USD
    no gift exemption
    no gift exemption

    Invoice Requirements

    Non-document shipments to Cote D'Ivoire must include 1 original and 2 copies of an invoice.

    Shipments of documents do not require an invoice.

    The shippers company logo or letterhead and the consignees telephone number, mobile number and email address if available, should appear on the invoice. The Invoice must be signed and stamped. The invoice must emphasize the quantity of each article, the unit price of the articles, the tariff headings of each article and the full amount of the invoice with the currency.

    Items Classified as Documents

    The destination country or territory considers the following items document shipments. If criteria are listed, the shipment must meet those criteria to be considered a document shipment.

    Company to company and payroll/personal checks are classified as documents. Blank checks are prohibited.
    Tickets for events like stage performances, football matches or concerts can be sent as documents.

    Event tickets coming from a printing company and sent to the organizer of the event or ticket sales offices cannot be sent as documents.

    Document Limit-25 Kgs
    Document weight limit up to 5 kgs.
    Used traveler's checks are classified as documents. Unused traveler's checks are prohibited.

    UPS can recommend which forms you need based on a few simple criteria. Forms can be completed online or printed. See which forms you need.

    Prohibited or Restricted Commodities

    In addition to the prohibited commodities listed here, it is prohibited to ship the following commodities to Cote D'Ivoire.

    Antique shipments are restricted from Europe, the Middle East and Africa and can only be shipped with an International Special Commodities (ISC) contract. Antiques are defined as a work of art, piece of furniture, decorative object, or silverware that is 100 years old or older.
    Artwork shipments are restricted from Europe, the Middle East and Africa and can only be shipped with an International Special Commodities (ISC) contract.

    Paintings or other works of art can be accepted if the artist is still alive, the artwork is replaceable and an art dealer or gallery has appraised the artwork within the last year. If the declared value of the artwork is greater than $100.00 and there is a claim, the shipper must provide a copy of the original invoice, a bill of sale, or other proof certifying in writing the actual cost or replacement cost of the item.

    Artwork includes the following: Original engravings, prints, lithographs, original sculptures, statuary.

    The term "Artwork" does not apply to: architectural, engineering, industrial, topographical, commercial drawings, hand-painted or hand-decorated manufactured articles.

    Drugs (medicine) require an import permit from the Ministry of Health, provided by the consignee.
    Shipments of jewelry can be shipped as long as the value does not exceed US$500.00 or the local currency equivalent per package.

    Jewelry for which the retail price is lower than US$150.00 per item and which do not contain precious metal(s) and/or stone(s) are considered costume jewelry and can be shipped only up to this value from the origin country or territory.

    Lithium Metal Batteries (UN 3090) are prohibited due to an embargo by Air France.

    Any shipments sent will be returned to the shipper.

    Medicine (see also Drugs) requires an import permit from the Ministry of Health, provided by the consignee.
    Mobile phones to all destination countries from United Kingdom can be delayed on export due to security checks from government bodies.
    Personal Effects cannot be shipped between these countries or territories

    Saturday Delivery

    Saturday Delivery Available: No

    Service Options

    Always check Calculate Time and Cost for details of service availability and guarantee information within a country or territory. All Service Levels may not be available to or from every address within a country or territory.

    • UPS Worldwide Expedited
      ((England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland))
    • UPS Worldwide Express Saver

    Special Clearance Requirements

    Outward Processing Relief (goods exported from the UK for the purpose of repair)

    The outward processing relief starts with the export from the UK and will be discharged with the re-importation of the repaired goods. Both steps need to be identified by UPS export or import operation. Repair Goods: Goods requiring Export from the UK for repair Invoice requirements:

    • Statement stating "Goods being sent for repair under Outward Processing Relief" should be clearly marked on the commercial invoice
    • Provide serial number of goods being sent for repair. If the goods are not serialized a statement to this effect must be made on the commercial invoice
    • Exporters authorized to export under OPR must include their authority number on all paperwork
    • Provide correct commercial value of goods as originally paid for not a nominal value for the goods.

    Failure to provide any of the above information will result in shipments being delayed.

    Repaired goods: Goods being re-exported returned after repair in the UK Invoice requirements:

    • Invoice should clearly state "Goods have been repaired under IPR"
    • Provide either IP authorization number or Import entry details
    • Provide full commercial value of goods plus cost of repair

    Failure to provide any of the above information will result in shipments being delayed.

    New requirements have been implemented for small package shipments and are based on the International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) 15, which is entitled "Guidelines for Regulating Wood Packaging Material in International Trade". ISPM 15 was adopted internationally in 2002, and is gradually being introduced by countries or territories worldwide. Wood or wood products covered by ISPM 15 include items such as packing cases, boxes, crates, drums or similar packing, pallets, box pallets and other load boards, pallet collars and skids, but exclude such processed woods as orientated strand board, particle board, plywood or veneer, created using glue, heat and pressure or a combinations thereof, and, raw wood which is 6mm or less thick. It is recommended that if a question arises on this issue, please check with the authority that issues the Phytosanitary certificates in your country or territory.

    Value Limits


    Private Shipments

  • 20.00 US Dollar (USD)
    • In most cases, when the value of the shipment is equal to or less than the Deminimis Value, the shipment may enter the country or territory duty and tax free.
    Commercial Shipments

  • 20.00 US Dollar (USD)
    • In most cases, when the value of the shipment is equal to or less than the Deminimis Value, the shipment may enter the country or territory duty and tax free.

    Weight and Size Limits

    70 kg (150 lbs.) per package
    274.00 cm (107.9 in.)  per package
    400.00 cm (157.5 in.)  per package
    Length and girth combined


    Convert metric quantity for weight, length, and area.


    NOTE: Information provided by UPS is provided AS IS, may not be current, and does not constitute legal advice. In no event shall UPS be liable for any errors in the information, forms or features made available by UPS, or by any third party site linked to from UPS. Selection and completion of proper forms for any given shipment is the sole responsibility of the shipper. All shipments are subject to the UPS Terms and Conditions of Service in effect at the time of shipping for the country or territory of origin.
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