Côte d'Ivoire - Country Commercial Guide
Standards for Trade

Describes standards, identifies the national standards, accreditation bodies, and lists the national testing organization(s) and conformity assessment bodies.

Last published date: 2021-10-11

Overview

The national standards and certification agency is Côte d’Ivoire Normalisation (CODINORM).  CODINORM https://www.codinorm.ci/ is a non-profit body created in September 1992 by the private sector with the Government of Côte d’Ivoire’s authorization.  CODINORM provides standards for business development, risk prevention, health, fair commercial transactions, and consumer protection. 

CODINORM has an agreement with ASTM International (https://www.astm.org/) , an American standards organization, allowing CODINORM free access to the ASTM library of more than 12,000 international standards.  This serves as the basis for comparing Ivoirian national standards with American standards, helping American firms navigate standards issues.

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 norms.  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 WTO provisions (Webb Fontaine formerly performed this function). 

CÔTECNA Inspection Ltd., a private inspection company, performs services related to temporary imports, and exports of petroleum products and forestry products. 

All goods entering Côte d’Ivoire with a free-on-board (FOB) value in excess of approximately US $2,000 (CFA one million) must be inspected by the inspection company at the point of origin to ensure that invoice valuation is consistent with the goods actually shipped.  An inspection certificate is then used as the basis for customs valuation.  Exporters should note that the inspection process is triggered by the Ivoirian importer when they file an import declaration form (FDI).

The fee charged by the National Single Customs Window Platform for inspection services is 0.75 percent of the FOB value of the merchandise to supply on the market.  CÔTECNA receives 1.05 percent of the FOB value of merchandise, 0.8 percent for oil and 1 percent for wood before export.

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: http://www.sgg.gouv.ci/jo.php) 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

 

Edmond KOUASSI

Director of the Information Center

edmondkouassi@codinorm.ci 

+225 27-22-41-17-91

Members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) are required under the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT Agreement) to notify to the WTO proposed technical regulations and conformity assessment procedures that could affect trade. Notify U.S. (www.nist.gov/notifyus) is a free, web-based e-mail registration service that captures and makes available for review and comment key information on draft regulations and conformity assessment procedures. Users receive customized e-mail alerts when new notifications are added by selected country or countries and industry sector(s) of interest and can also request full texts of regulations. This service and its associated web site are managed and operated by the USA WTO TBT Inquiry Point housed within the National Institute of Standards and Technology, part of the U.S. Department of Commerce.