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Ethiopia - Export of Goods

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There is a specific process that those intending to export goods must follow to export goods from Ethiopia. This is important because of the mandatory technical regulation, and the mandatory standard compliance which require a certificate of conformity.Exporting goods to Ethiopia is handled by Intertek has been approved by the Ministry of Trade to issue the mandatory Certificate of Conformity. The Ethiopia Ministry of Trade has recently introduced mandatory testing and verification against 124 Compulsory Ethiopian Standards (CES).


Any company or individual who has a Certificate of Conformity is required to present the original document to Ethiopian Customs for clearance

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Intertek is an approved provider of the new certification services imposed by the Ethiopian Ministry of trade , and can provide exporters and importers with further information on the new standard requirements as well as delivering the necessary testing and certification services. The major role is help traders ensure imported goods meet safety and other standards.

  • Exporting goods is less hectic than importing goods in Ethiopia
  • Usually the goods should go through a valuation process , duty assessment
  • Always make sure that you have all the necessary documentation before embarking on the export process i.e.:
  • Certificate for the types of goods
  • Permits if necessary

Required Information

  • Proof of order
  • Duly signed contract by seller and the buyer
  • Seller invoice
  • Airway bill
  • List of goods
  • Certification
  • Evidence of obtaining all the required permits



In person

Make sure you have a trade license and you have obtained an exports code number from intertek.

  • Get the necessary export license
  • Get the buyers specifications for the goods and the required regulatory compliance requirements
  • Determine the required funds and organize
  • Before sending the goods:
    • Make sure the supply contract is fully signed indicating quantity, price, payment terms and delivery time
    • Get a payment guarantee from your bank
    • Prepare all necessary documentation like commercial invoice, certificate of origin special license, packing list etc
    • Book space for freight forwarding( get this done by freight forwarders), prepare custom declaration
    • Book space for freight forwarding( get this done by freight forwarders), prepare custom declaration
    • Release goods for freight forwarder
    • Have your goods inspected ,loaded to vessel and get the bill of lading, and forward the export document for bank processing. Intertek can issue the necessary certificates to export to different countries and ensure smooth customs clearance.

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Required Documents

  • An individual will require a Certificate of Conformity for products regulated under the a particular country to export.
  • Pre-Export Verification of Conformity to Standards Programme (PVoC).
  • This to assure the consumers safety and quality of imported goods, the Government where good are being exported must ensure that the goods or services conform to Standards and quality through the Verification of Conformity to Standards Programme (PVoC).


The fee for exporting is 100 birr .Birr" with a par value of 8.23 to U.S. $1.00 (as of November 2000),


Export License is valid for 1 year

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Processing Time

The processing time may take 3 weeks

Office Locations & Contacts

Ministry of Revenues

PO Box 2559, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


Tel;/00251115518200 512555

Ministry of Trade and Industry

PO Box 704, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Tel:00251115518025 515411

Ethiopian Revenues and Customs Authority,
Ministry of Economic Development & Cooperation -
P. O. Box 2428, Addis Ababa,
Tel: 251-1-519684, Fax: 251-1-517988

Ministry of Trade and Industry
P. O. Box 2559, Addis Ababa,
Tel: 251-1-518200, Fax: 251-1-514288

Megenagna, close to the office of Bole sub city
Tel: +251116629870
Fax: +251116629873

Commercial cargo facilitation branch office
Addis Ababa Transport compound
Fax: +251114403769

Addis Ababa Airport Customs Branch Office
Tel: +251116651400
Fax: +251116651401

Ethiopian Investment Authority
P. O. Box 2313, Addis Ababa,
Tel: 251-1-510033, Fax: 251-1-514396

Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce
P. O. Box 517, Addis Ababa,
Tel: 251-1-518240, Fax: 251-1-517699

Ethiopian Private Industries Association
P. O. Box 8739, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia,
Tel: 251-1-512384, Fax: 251-1-552633

Ethiopian Export Promotion Agency
P. O. Box 6945, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia,
Tel: 251-1-504164, Fax: 251-1-504766

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