Ivory Coast

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Import regulations and customs duties  - Distribution - Transportation of goods - Standards - Patents and brands


Import regulations and customs duties

Regulations
Imports and exports are free.

 


Customs duties
The nomenclature in force is the harmonised system of Brussels. The Sytem of tariffs (system of automatic decustomising of goods) can be obtained from the office of Customs Administration.

 


Import taxes
Companies have to pay a Statistical royalty and a Community Solidarity Levying (in total, 2% of the CAF value of the goods). In order to get information concerning a temporary import, please consult the web sites: "Invest in Franc Zone"

 






Distribution

To types of distribution networks are used in Ivory Coast.
First, the markets system, still very present and traditional and second, the modern style of large scale distribution. The traditional system comprises very diverse markets: from very huge markets offering a very large variety of products in big cities such as Abidjan to small local markets. Numerous protagonists are present: farmers, importers-wholesalers, itinerant salesmen...

The country holds a modern distribution network, essentially targeting rich clients, or with an average income. The development of big trade names is being carried out through the country.


 


Transportation of goods

By road
The road transport network of Ivory Coast is one of the most developed in Africa. The region of Abidjan and the principal cities of 9 other regions are all linked by tarred roads.


By rail
Out of 1,173 km of railway lines linking Abidjan to Burkina Faso, 660 km are on the Ivory Coast territory. An express railway train shuttles to and fro three times per week. Four autorails are serving the main cities of this country.


By sea
There are two big ports : Abidjan and San Pedro. The port of Abidjan is one of the most functional in Africa. It has a capacity of more than 10 million tons, it offers specialised installations , adapted to the requirements of modern technology.


By air
There are three international airports where 19 Western and African air travel companies are operating: Abidjan, Yamoussoukro and Bouaké. There are about 40 airports spread all over the territory.




Standards

Ivory Coast is a corresponding member country of ISO (International Standards Organisation). A corresponding member is generally an organisation in a country which has not yet fully developed its national activity in the field of standardisation. Here, we have to consider CODINORM.



Patents and brands

Ivory Coast has signed the agreement establishing the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO).

Texts currently applying to patents/brands

  Text Date entered into law Period of validity Comment
Patent Agreement Revising the Bangui Agreement of March 2, 1977, on the Creation of an African Intellectual Property Organization, February 24, 1999 : 20 years :
Trademark Agreement Revising the Bangui Agreement of March 2, 1977, on the Creation of an African Intellectual Property Organization, February 24, 1999 : 10 years, renewable for further 10-year periods :
Design Agreement Revising the Bangui Agreement of March 2, 1977, on the Creation of an African Intellectual Property Organization, February 24, 1999 : 5 years, renewable for two further 5-year periods :



 

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