Côte d'Ivoire - Country Commercial Guide
Trade Agreements

Describes trade agreements this country is a party to. Includes resources where U.S. companies can get information on how to take advantage of the agreements.

 

Last published date: 2021-10-11

Côte d’Ivoire is a signatory to or member of the following:

  • African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA).  The AFCFTA entered into force on 30 May 2019 for the 24 countries, including Côte d’Ivoire.  Intra-African free trade officially commenced January 1, 2021.
  • Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), which includes 15 countries in West Africa. 
  • West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU), which includes Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal, and Togo; all share the West African CFA currency.  Under the WAEMU treaty, Côte d’Ivoire has undertaken to coordinate its economic, financial, and structural policies with most francophone partners in the region. 
  • Organisation pour l’Harmonization en Afrique du Droit des Affaires (OHADA), an organization that harmonizes a broad range of African legal systems that previously were characterized by a wide disparity in business law, codes, rules, regulations, and local conventions affecting business.  The agreement creates a number of uniform acts and sets up organizations when necessary to implement the acts.   
  • Côte d’Ivoire is a beneficiary of the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act, which allows the country to  export a large number of goods in the United States tariff-free. AGOA is set to expire in 2025.  
  • Côte d’Ivoire ratified an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union in 2016.  
  • Côte d’Ivoire signed an EPA with the United Kingdom in 2020.