Shipping to Ivory Coast

The latest import information, including cutoff times and demurrage and detention, is still available via the World Factbook.


19-Nov-18 CMA CGM TOPAZ 181T 14-Nov-18 4740
15-Nov-18 LANA 1813 13-Nov-18 4730
5-Nov-18 HARRIER HUNTER 181P 31-Oct-18 4579
1-Nov-18 ULSAN 1813 30-Oct-18 4558
29-Oct-18 SEASPAN CHIWAN 181N 25-Oct-18 4470
25-Oct-18 GERHARD SCHULTE 1813 23-Oct-18 4457
22-Oct-18 RIO CADIZ 181L 17-Oct-18 4350
18-Oct-18 SEASPAN RIO DE JANEIRO 1811 15-Oct-18 4331
15-Oct-18 ANL WANGARATTA 181J 10-Oct-18 4265
12-Oct-18 NORTHERN PROMOTION 1811 9-Oct-18 4243
8-Oct-18 SIMA GENESIS 181H 3-Oct-18 4134
1-Oct-18 RIO CHARLESTON 181F 26-Sep-18 4047
25-Sep-18 NORTHERN GUARD 1811 20-Sep-18 3982
24-Sep-18 CMA CGM QUARTZ 181D 20-Sep-18 3946
21-Sep-18 BSL PIRAEUS 1819 18-Sep-18 3936
17-Sep-18 CMA CGM JASPER 181B 13-Sep-18 3851
15-Sep-18 JACK LONDON 1815 11-Sep-18 3823
13-Sep-18 LANA 1811 6-Sep-18 3772
10-Sep-18 JPO PISCES 1819 5-Sep-18 3752
8-Sep-18 NORTHERN DECENCY 1811 30-Aug-18 3674
3-Sep-18 CMA CGM OPAL 1817 30-Aug-18 3661
27-Aug-18 CMA CGM TOPAZ 1815 23-Aug-18 3529
26-Aug-18 ULSAN 1811 28-Aug-18 3482
20-Aug-18 VIL DARDANELLES 1813 3437
17-Aug-18 SEASPAN RIO DE JANEIRO 1809 3417
14-Aug-18 NORTHERN PROMOTION 1809 3368
13-Aug-18 HARRIER HUNTER 1811 3312
8-Aug-18 ROTTERDAM BRIDGE 180Z 3254
4-Aug-18 VAYENGA MAERSK 1801
2-Aug-18 NORTHERN GUARD 1809 3166
30-Jul-18 RIO CADIZ 180X 3116
24-Jul-18 ANL WANGARATTA 180V 3006
21-Jul-18 JACK LONDON 1813 2982
16-Jul-18 SIMA GENESIS 180T 2903
14-Jul-18 LANA 1809 2817
9-Jul-18 RIO CHARLESTON 180R 2805
4-Jul-18 SAN ALESSIO 1803 2717
3-Jul-18 CMA CGM QUARTZ 180P 2726
29-Jun-18 CLARA MAERSK 1821 2623
26-Jun-18 BSL PIRAEUS 1809 2420
25-Jun-18 CAP PORTLAND 1803 2586
25-Jun-18 CMA CGM JASPER 180N 2582
22-Jun-18 BSL PIRAEUS 1810
19-Jun-18 CLAES MAERSK 1821 2504
13-Jun-18 CMA CGM OPAL 180J 2379
12-Jun-18 BSL PIRAEUS 1809 2420
8-Jun-18 CMA CGM TOPAZ 180H 2299
8-Jun-18 VOLGA MAERSK 1801 2369
5-Jun-18 PANTHER 1807 2295
4-Jun-18 ARGOS 180E 2188
1-Jun-18 VIL DARDANELLES 180F 2179
30-May-18 HARRIER HUNTER 180C 1976

Demurrage & Detention

Cluster : Ivory Coast Cluster 
Country : Ivory Coast
Direction : Import
Effective Date : 01/01/2018
Expiry Date : 31/12/2018
Free time : Calendar day basis (i.e. including week-ends and holidays)
Currency : XOF 
Invoiced : Per container, per day, as per container type

Blanket Free time for ABJ/SP0 discharge only

Commodity/HS Code Paper Rice Palm Oil Flour
002801 001001 00903 001002
Days 21 21 21 21

Demurrage import

Demurrage starts as from discharge day full on terminal, including vessel arrival, Saturday, Sunday and Publics holidays.

+ Abidjan/San Pedro: CIABJ/CISP0

Free time:

Type DRY Flat & Open top REEF IMO
Days 6 6 2 6

+ Abidjan: Special Deal for cargo big volume: CIABJ/CISP0

Free time:

Commodity/HS Code Sugar
Palm Oil
Days 21 21 21 21

Tariff after free time:
Exclusive of taxes

Days after free time expiration 20’ DRY 40’ DRY 20’ REEF 40’ REEF
Day 3 onward     55,000 110,000
Day 7 – Day 13 12,500 25,000    
Day 14 - onwards 25,000 50,000    

+ Out of Abidjan/San Pedro city Limit : CIABJ/CISP0

Days after free time expiration 20’ DRY 40’ DRY 20’ REEF 40’ REEF
Day 11 – Day 16 12,500 25,000    
Day 17 - onwards 25,000 50,000    

Detention import

Free time for Dry Containers delivered to customer (gate out delivery) is 4 calendar days, including, gate out date, Saturday, Sunday and Publics holidays. 

Free time:

Days 4 4 4


Days after free time expiration 20’ DRY/FLAT/OPEN 40’ DRY/FLAT/OPEN 20’ REEF 40’ REEF
Day 5 - onward 55,000 110,000
Day 5 – Day 11 12,500 25,000
Day 12 - onward 25,000 50,000


Longstanding reminder 
As from the 25th day, your container (s) is going to be seized systematically by the customs. You will be able to pay the depot fees and proceed with release process.

After 90 days, container (s) is considered as abandoned and could be sent in auction by customs at any time unless you already customs cleared it.

In this regard, we urge you to make the necessary to customs cleared the cargo (if not yet done), and contact us for the delivery.

New import regulation
As of 16/07/2018 (BL Date), a CERTIFICATE OF COMPLIANCE will be requested for every shipment to Côte d'Ivoire and applied to all goods imported into the country with a FOB value superior or equal to XOF 1 million (approx. EUR 1,500). 

Shipments loaded after this date and arriving without Certificate of Conformity will be rejected by Customs and penalties will be applied: 50% of cargo value + confiscation and destruction of goods at the expense of the importers.

Importers will need to contact designated agencies: BUREAU VERITAS (BIVAC BV) /COTECNA INSPECTION / IINTERTEK International Limited / Société Générale de Surveillance (SGS) to obtain this document, which is required for any import prior loading except for :

  • Gold and other precious metals
  • Precious stones
  • Explosives, weapons, ammunition and other war material intended for the national armed forces and the police
  • live animals
  • Vegetables and fresh fruits
  • Fresh and frozen fish
  • Fresh and frozen meat
  • Plants and products of floriculture
  • Traditional products or traditional handicrafts of Community origin
  • Drugs and inputs used in the manufacture of medicines
  • Current newspapers and periodicals, postage or tax stamps, stamp papers, banknotes, checkbooks, passports and certain printed documents
  • Personal belongings and used household objects
  • Used vehicles
  • Crude or partially refined petroleum
  • Commercial samples
  • Supplies to diplomatic and consular missions or international organizations, imported for their own purposes

New import regulation
As of 16/04/2018 (BL Date), a CERTIFICATE OF COMPLIANCE will be requested for every shipment to Côte d'Ivoire. Importers will need to contact designated agencies (BUREAU VERITAS / COTECNA / INTERTEK / SGS) to obtain this document, which is required for any import.

Customs proceedings
20 days after vessel arrival, customs issue a document that notifies that the cargo is under customs authority in a bonded area. Units are not moved from stack. However, Maersk Line can no longer control the cargo (reshipment, auctions...) in order to obtain payment of sea freight and other charges. 2 months after this notification, containers are withheld by customs. Here and after, customs are allowed to auction the cargo. The proceeds from an auction are allocated to payment of various customs fees.

Customs release cargo without Maersk Line delivery order.
On a regular basis, Maersk Côte d'Ivoire will advise on cargo under customs authority.

Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI)
According to Customs Circular No 1158, (clarification on cargo inspection) Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI) has to be performed in the country of origin. Exporters and importers in country of origin are responsible for the PSI. Export cargo to Côte d'Ivoire is subject to Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI) as per the Ministerial decree 93-313, dated 11 March 1993.

Companies selected for PSI are:


Inspections performed in transhipment ports or at destination are no longer valid (only one yearly inspection at destination will be allowed per customer).

List of goods exempted from PSI:

  • Imports with a FOB (Freight On Board) value or below EUR 763
  • Gold, precious stones
  • Objects of art
  • Scrap metal
  • Explosives, weapons and material for regular army and police
  • Live animals
  • Fish, vegetables and fresh fruit (also refrigerated)
  • Plants and flowers
  • Cinematographic films
  • Newspapers, stamps, bank notes, passports, post parcels
  • Used personal and household effects, used personal vehicles
  • Personal gifts
  • Crude oil
  • Commercial samples
  • Donations offered by foreign governments or international organisations
  • Imports for diplomatic entities and for the United Nations

More information:

F.R.I. number
According to the directive number 1062 dated 4 September 2001 from the Customs General Direction regarding the cargo manifest follow-up, the F.R.I. number (Fiche de Rensignement a l'Importation) is required on the b/l. This procedure only applies for cargo controlled by Bivac or Cotecna (with a cargo value larger than or equal to EUR 762.22) and excludes cargoes manifested for destinations out of Côte d'Ivoire.

The following steps apply for the shipper/consignee:

  • A proforma commercial invoice has to be sent by the shipper to the consignee in Abidjan
  • The consignee gives the profoma commercial invoice to Cotecna or Bivac
  • Cotecna or Bivac establish the F.R.I. and transmit the F.R.I. number to their correspondent at origin
  • The shipper gives Maersk Line the F.R.I. number (b/l instructions) and this number should appear on the b/l
  • The cargo inspection is performed at origin

Tracking Note
In order to monitor all Côte d'Ivoire volumes, the Office Ivoirien des Chargeurs (OIC - the Ivorian Shippers Council) has introduced a Bordereau de Suivi de Cargaison (BSC) - a cargo tracking note. Custom clearance is not possible without the BSC and cargo can consequently not be delivered.

Also to speed on clearances within 48 hrs Ivory Coast Customs has set new import procedure which allows importers to get the BSC number locally and thus anticipate clearance process. No BSC requested for cargo into transit for Mali or Burkina Faso.

Freight collect procedures in Côte d'Ivoire

The Freight Collect is accepted in Côte d'Ivoire.

Freight Collect Administrative Fee: 5% of Total Amount to be collected (Freight+Local Charges) 

<tr"> </tr"> <tr"> </tr">
B/L Original , Waybill ou Telex Release endorsed 1  
Customs Declaration document 1 1
Client's forwarder Delivery Instructions (document produced by the forwarder) 1 2
Customs Quittance (when Tax and duties paid cash) 1 1
Deposit  (100,000 xof per TEU)   1
Container Detention Form (when customer don't pay cash deposit) 1  
Demand of Container stripping (when container stripped on the port )  1 1
Customs demand of cargo inspection ( for quotation when necessary ) 1 1
Report of cargo inspection (done by Customs)   1
Copy of forwarder or client ID card   1
DST (Summary Declaration of Transit) 1 3
Demand of Container stripping at Quay (when container stripped on the port )  1 3
Demand of Container stripping at premises (when container stripped at premises )  1 3
Client's forwarder Delivery Instructions 1 2
Cargo to be delivered from under ship's tacle document (48 hours E.T.A) 1 1
Safety Park exit documents (validity 48 hours) 1 1


  • For every shipment coming to Ivory Coast, either Consignee or Notify must be located in Ivory Coast or in a neighbouring country (Burkina Faso/Mali/Ghana). Consignee Addresses in Europe or Asia are not accepted on Bill of Lading/Manifest. For any further information please contact
  • Pallets is not accepted as a package description.
  • General cargo is not accepted as cargo description. A more detailed description is required.
  • Commodity restriction: Retread tyres.
  • Weight restrictions for Ivory Coast: 20', 40' standard & High Cube acceptable upto payload capacity. 45' containers not acceptable.
  • Acceptance for Burkina Faso: Rail movement (SITARAIL) from/to Abidjan; Gross weight not to exceed 28 MT for 20 ft and 30 MT for 40 ft . Out of Gauge (OOG) only acceptable based on special request and quotation.

Closing times


Email your local office

If you want to speak to a sales person about a new shipment or if you have a question about your existing shipment, you can email us and we will respond within the next two days. If you have a more immediate question, you can search for help online.