The national standards and certification agency is Côte d’Ivoire Normalisation (CODINORM). CODINORM https://www.codinorm.ci/ is a non-for-profit body created in August 1992 by the private sector and with the Government of Côte d’Ivoire’s authorization. CODINORM is a semi-governmental entity that receives subsides from the government. CODINORM provides standards for business development, risk prevention, health, fair commercial transactions, and consumer protection. CODINORM has an agreement with ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) International (https://www.astm.org/), an American standards organization, allowing CODINORM free access to the ASTM library of more than 22,000 international standards. This serves as the basis for comparing Ivoirian national standards with American standards, helping American firms navigate standards issues in Côte d’Ivoire and West Africa.
Testing, Inspection and Certification
CODINORM accredits testing laboratories authorized to operate in Côte d’Ivoire and grants approval for and disseminates Ivoirian government information on standards. CODINORM requires that all products made in Côte d’Ivoire demonstrate proof of compliance with applicable laws and standards. Specifically, CODINORM requires Norme Ivoirienne (NI) labeling, or a certificate of compliance delivered by a product certification body accredited on the basis of an international standard (such as ISO/CEI 65 OR EN 45011). A growing number of Ivoirian companies have become ISO9000 certified.
The Ivoirian Customs Office handles import inspection duties in Côte d’Ivoire for general merchandise and determines the real value of imports based on Word Trade Organization (WTO) provisions. Importers get their inspection certificate at the port of departure before loading. The following four international inspection companies were accredited to carry out goods inspections:
- Cotecna Inspection Ltd
- Société Générale de Surveillance (SGS)
- Bureau Veritas Valuation Assessment and Control (BIVAC-BV)
- Intertek International Ltd
These private inspection companies also perform services related to temporary imports, and exports of petroleum products and forestry products.
A certificate of conformity for the supply of some products is required. For foreign exporters, the National Single Customs Window Platform is responsible for issuing the certificate of conformity. For local companies, the platform issues a certificate of product compliance during its inspections every six months. All exporters to Côte d’Ivoire must have a certificate of conformity for customs clearance.
Publication of Technical Regulations
The Official Journal (Journal Officiel) is the national gazette. Proposed technical regulations are not published for comment. Final regulations are published in the Official Journal.
Contact Information :
Guichet unique du commerce extérieur
Immeuble Plein Ciel
Boulevard Valery Giscard d’Estaing
26 BP 822 Abidjan 26, Ruling Center Help Desk
Telephone: (225) 27 2121 2399
Côte d’Ivoire Normalisation (CODINORM)
Angle Blvd Latrille rue K115 villa 195
01 BP 1872 Abidjan 01
Tel: (225) 272001 1074
Fax: (225) 272241 5297
Director of the Information Center
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