Exporting to Africa: a beginner’s guide to export compliance
Thinking of exporting to Africa? Considering Egypt, Ethiopia, Algeria, Libya, Mozambique, Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, Gabon, Cameroon, Niger and/or Botswana? Then it’s important to be aware that these African countries operate mandatory Conformity Assessment Programmes. Implemented to ensure that unsafe goods and those of poor quality do not enter their markets.
Whilst the premise of each countries programme is similar (nearly all shipments must be inspected and certified based upon existing product conformity documentation, such as safety test reports & technical datasheets), there are slight variations in their requirements.
Understanding these differences, and the compliance requirements related to your shipment is therefore vital. As a one size fits all approach will result in shipment delays and hinder your supply chain.
#3 Exporting to Africa Facts
- Each country has its own list of what it considers to be ‘regulated’ products. The products are determined based upon product type and identified using HS/Commodity Codes. These products will be subject to the programme.
- Each country also has its own list of exempted products. This means certain categories of goods may not need certification to enter the country.
- Some countries also have a list of prohibited goods which are not allowed to enter the country under any circumstances.
Taken your first order to the African continent? Talk to an XDS Account Manager >>. Early planning will streamline export compliance and ensure all the mandatory export documents are in place, before your shipment leaves the warehouse.
As members of the Institute of Export we provide expert advice, and proactively look for ways to streamline the export document process for businesses. Take a look at our recent IOE blog, all about the mandatory Nigerian SONCAP certification process ‘7 steps to understanding Nigerian SONCAP’
XDS Solutions is a one-stop service for exporters. No more complex web-based forms. Instead your expert Account Manager will take charge of the mandatory testing and certification required for successful import of your shipments into the Middle East and Africa.