Cote D’Ivoire Import Restrictions

In order to enter Cote D’Ivoire, certain goods are subject to specific controls and, regardless of their value and quantity, they require the consent of Cote D’Ivoire government, preferably, license must be obtained prior to passage through the customs, preventing the goods from being retained. On this page, you will see what kinds of items are prohibited from entering the Cote D’Ivoire, and which items need special documentation before exporting to Cote D’Ivoire.

Cote D’Ivoire Import Regulations

Import restrictions

Senders should determine import restrictions from Côte D’Ivoire authorities before posting:

  • Alcohol and distilled spirits
  • Distilling apparatus
  • Essences soluble in alcohol
  • Firearms
  • Gramophone records
  • Medicines
  • Mineral waters
  • Plants and parts of plants
  • Publications in Arabic
  • Saccharine
  • Sugarcane.

Special documentation

Commercial goods require an invoice and Certificate of Origin.
Côte D’Ivoire requires an import permit for many goods. Before posting any item, senders should confirm that the addressee has any necessary permit.


In addition to items prohibited by Dangerous and Prohibited Goods & Packaging Post Guide and ECI International Courier Regulations, Côte D’Ivoire prohibits:

  • Coins and medallions resembling coinage
  • Diamonds, rough
  • Non-metric weights and measures
  • Red Cross, markings resembling
  • Trademarks, false or imitated, French.

Ordinary Letters:

Côte D’Ivoire does not accept ordinary letters containing articles subject to customs duty.