Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Exporters to Ivory Coast Must Adhere to New Imported Goods Conformity Programme

List of Affected Items Available Next Month
Shipping News Feature
IVORY COAST – The Government of Côte d'Ivoire is introducing a revised Verification of Conformity (VoC) Programme to come into effect from March 2018. The list of goods concerned will be published in December but exporters should be aware that proscribed articles with a shipping date after the first of March will require a suitable Certificate of Conformity. Such certification is designed to protect consumers from substandard, counterfeit and potentially dangerous items.

Several organisations have been tasked by the Ministry of Trade, Handicrafts and SME Promotion with ensuring that import goods are up to standard including Bureau Veritas, Intertek and Cotecna. The programme requires that goods exported to Côte d’Ivoire have to comply with applicable standards, shall be verified in exporting country and shall be accompanied with the Certificate of Conformity issued by one of the selected companies.

Certificates are needed to ensure customs clearance of shipments of listed goods and any shipments arriving without the Certificate of Conformity will be rejected and penalties applied. This VoC Programme is a CBCA (Consignment Based Conformity Assessment) service and was announced at a ceremony in Abidjan on November 8. Johan Mertens, Cotecna’s Vice President for the Verification of Conformity programmes, said:

“We are proud to have been chosen by the Ministry of Trade for this mandate. We will deploy our best efforts to contribute to the program’s success for the wellbeing of the people of Côte d’Ivoire.”