Customs Information

Ivory Coast - All


  • Copy of passport entry stamp in Ivory Coast
  • Packing list in French
  • Original detailed and valued inventory in French, dated, and signed by the owner of the goods
  • Original bill of lading (OBL) / air waybill (AWB).
  • Bordereau de suivi de cargaison / cargo tracking  note
  • Diplomatic card issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ivory Coast
  • Diplomatic franchise (exemption certificate)
  • Original move certificate delivered at origin by city or consulate in the country of departure
  • Copy of residency card / work permit
  • Letter of employment in Ivory Coast (in French) certifying starting date and position
  • Certificate of filiation / etat de filiation (document from the owner of the goods giving details on: parents, name, date of birth, and address)


  • Import taxes apply on HHG items at 1% CIF value + EUR 30 per shipment for non-diplomats.
  • If telex/express release expect additional release fees (+/- USD 100)
  • Owner of the goods must register with Internal Revenue Services, which takes approximately 3 days to provide with a tax identification number used only for importation of HHG. 
  • Tax payer identification numbers are not required for diplomats as long as their embassy/organization has a permanent one.
  • Non-diplomatic sea shipments are subject to Customs scanner and inspection.
    • Additional fees than expected (approx USD 500/TEU).  
  • Electrical items will be considered new if invoices are not provided.
  • Import duties and taxes apply to new items at approximately 44% CIF value.
  • Sea shipments take within 7-15 business days to arrive providing all requested documents have been submitted prior to shipment arrival.
  • Air shipments take within 5-10 business days to arrive providing all requested documents have been submitted prior to shipment arrival.
  • A Certificate of Conformity (CoC) will be required to be obtained by the shipper prior to loading if the shipper has any other articles in the shipment not related to Personal effects and used household objects, used cars, supplies to the diplomatic and consular missions or international organization, import for their own needs/use. If no CoC, Customs penalties will be applied at 50% cargo value + confiscation and destruction of goods paid by importor.


  • Vehicles older than 5 years cannot be imported.
  • Vehicles for non-diplomats should not be sent in the same container as the household goods and personal effects (expect then 4-6 weeks clearance delays and additional charges)
  • Customs duties & taxes at approx. 44% CIF value
  • Other expected extra charges: “CIL & Vignette” fees (EUR 200-500 per vehicle).


  • Health Certificate from veterinarian required
  • Documents must be issued from country of origin prior to entry and wait for import permit to be made available.


  • All electrical/electronic items and furniture less than six months old are dutiable and taxable. Invoices are required as proof of age.
  • Home computers are not accepted as personal effects and will be subject to duties and taxes
  • Firearms and ammunition (authorization from the territorial administration is required)
  • The following items may qualify for free import within the limits indicated:
    • Cigarettes (200), cigars (25), cigarillos (100)
    • Tobacco (250 g)
    • Wine and spirits (1 bottle)
    • Perfume (250 ml)


  • Illegal drugs
  • Pornographic materials
  • Plants and plant materials
  • Soil
  • Fertilizers
  • Counterfeit items
  • Subversive materials