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Ivory Coast - Apply for Import License for Poultry and Derivatives

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How to Apply

  • Prior Import Authorization (API) Permit is a document that gives importers authorization to import any merchandise to Ivory Coast legally.
  • The API Permit is issued by the relevant ministry in charge, Importers are required to register with the GUCE first then fill out the Import Declaration Form (FDI), which is mandatory if the value of the goods is greater than Five hundred thousand (500,000) FCFA and for obtaining the API permit.

Register with the GUCE

  1. Login to the GUCE CI website Link , if you have an account, if you don’t you will be required to register, by Downloading the GUCE registration application form for importer/exporters via the GUCE or click this link to download Link (Registration form for GUCE account)
  2. Fill out the request form and have it signed by the legal representative of the requesting company
  3. Scan and submit this request form along with the supporting documents below, electronically to [email protected] or physically deposit it with Webb Fontaine CI Customer Service.
    • A copy of the legal representative's identity document.
    • A copy of the identity document of the person requesting access to GUCE.
    • A copy of the Import/export Code Sheet.
  4. For physical deposits, the person submitting the request must bring his/her identity document.
  5. Upon lodging the request the GUCE will process your request and send you the Username and Password to the email account you had registered with, log into your account to access the portal.

File the Prior Import Authorization (API) permit for poultry and derivatives Products

  1. Upon login into the GUCE website, fill out the Import declaration request form (FDI), upload the required documents listed on the site and submit them.
  2. The system will then automatically generate a request for Prior Import Authorization which will be sent to the Ministry of Animal and Fisheries Resources to be verified and processed.
  3. Print out the proforma invoice and request form for Prior Import Authorization (API) copy from the site.
  4. Visit the Ministry of Animal and Fisheries Resources (MIRAH), Department of Livestock Productions (DPE),Sub-Directorate of Hygiene and Food Safety (SDHSSA) office and submit the following file documents and information to the licensing desk
    • FDI number or completed and approved FDI copy
    • Copy of the proforma invoice
    • The copy of the profession Authorization certificate/card to import Poultry and Derivatives products signed by the ministry.
    • Request for Prior Import Authorization (API) Original copy
    • The International Veterinary Certificate issued by the official veterinary services of the exporting country.
  5. Pay the required processing fee at the cash counter, upon which you will be issued with receipt.
  6. If the authorized official is satisfied that all the conditions for filing the application are met, you the will be notified of the outcome via phone, SMS, email or in person within 2 hours to 72 hours and issued with the Import Authorization (API) Permit for importing Poultry and Derivatives products.


Required Documents[edit]

Register with the GUCE

  • A copy of the legal representative's identity document.
  • A copy of the identity document of the person requesting access to GUCE.
  • A copy of the Import/export Code Sheet.

Import Authorization (API) Permit for poultry and derivatives products

  • The proforma invoice.
  • Copy of profession authorization certificate to exercise import of Poultry and Derivatives products.
  • Request for Prior Import Authorization (API) Original copy
  • Valid identification document
  • Valid Company registration certificate
  • The International Veterinary Certificate issued by the official veterinary services of the exporting country.
  • Any other document that may be requested by the ministry.

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Ministry of Animal and Fisheries Resources (MIRAH)
Address: Abidjan – Plateau CAISTAB building, 11th floor
BP V 84 - Ivory Coast
Tel: (+225) 20 22 99 30 / (+225) 20 21 34 23 
Website: Link

Veterinary Services Division (DSV)
Sub-Directorate of Hygiene and Food Sanitary Safety (SDHSSA)
Address: Abidjan - Plateau Cité Administrative, Tower C, 11th Floor
Tel: (+225) 20 21 89 72


  • Importers (individuals/businesses/companies) with a valid profession authorization certificate/card to import Poultry and Derivatives products to Ivory Coast.


  • API transaction cost is 5,000 FCFA / 25 t or per container.


  • Import Authorization (API) Permit for Poultry and Derivatives products has a validity period of 6 months.

Documents to Use[edit]

Link (registration for GUCE account)


Sample Documents[edit]

Link (Prior Import Authorization (API) request form)
Link (The Import Declaration Form (FDI)

Processing Time[edit]

  • Upon lodging the application the processing time is within 2 hours to 72 hours.

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Import by sea
For all imports by sea, the exporter, the forwarder abroad and the importer must be registered in the BSC via the site of the Office Ivoirien des Chargeurs (OIC) .
Required document for registration

  • The Final Invoice or the valued Inventory for personal effects.
  • The Bill of Lading (Bill of Lading or B / L).
  • The packing list.
  • The Customs Export Declaration of the country of shipment of the goods.
  • The Local Insurance Certificate in Côte d'Ivoire.
  • The Import Declaration Form (FDI) or its number.

In addition, for imports from countries outside the European Union, the following are required:

  • The Freight Invoice.
  • The Certificate of Origin.

Required Information[edit]

Importer details

  • Name of the importer/importing company
  • Contact details
  • Identification document details
  • Company registration certificate detail
  • Origin of the import
  • Value of the goods
  • Mode of transport
  • Name of the importer's bank (in Côte d'Ivoire) (for the Bank domiciliation and obtaining the Exchange Authorization).
  • The HS codes of the products to be imported
  • Declaration by the applicant

Need for the Document[edit]

  • In accordance with Decree n ° 83-808 of August 3, 1983 and Decree n˚93-312 of March 11, 1993 sets the conditions for exercising professions for importation of products intended for consumption by humans or animals
  • Import Authorization (API) Permit for Poultry and Derivatives products gives importer the authorization to import these products to Ivory Coast legally.
  • This is also to ensure safety and quality assurance of products meant for humans and animals consumption.

Information which might help[edit]

Authorizations and certificate necessary to collect the imported goods (Poultry and Derivatives products)

  • Before the customs deposit of the import declaration for validation, the forwarder/importer submits the file to the Phytosanitary Service (Directorate of Veterinary Services / Veterinary Sanitary Inspection and Control Service at the MIRAH borders) of the Customs office concerned which then issues examination of the file. The Health Pass and the Health Certificate are also documents to present.
  • These documents are necessary to receive the Good Removal (BAE) from Customs and take delivery of the imported products.

Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

Please explain what are other uses of obtaining this document/certificate.
e.g. Birth Certificate can be used as proof of identity.

External Links[edit]

Link (Ministry of Animal and Fisheries Resources (MIRAH)
Link (Le Guichet Unique du Commerce Extérieur (GUCE)


More information which might help people.