How to Apply for Import License for Milk and Derived Product In Ivory Coast

Apply for Import License for Milk and Derived Product In Ivory Coast By Online

  • The Prior Import Authorization (API) Permit is an authorization document that grants importers permission to import all goods into Ivory Coast legally.
  • It is important to note that the API Permit will be issued by the ministry responsible for it, Importers are required to sign up with the GUCE first before filling in an Import Declaration Form (FDI) that is required in the event that the worth of the merchandise is more than five hundreds of thousands (500,000) FCFA and for getting approval for the API permit.

Register using the GUCE

  • Log in into your account on the GUCE CI website Link If you already have an account. If there isn’t one, you will be required to sign-up using the GUCE registration application for importers/exporters using the GUCE site or by clicking this link to download the the link (Registration Form for an account with GUCE).
  • Please fill out the form and get it completed by the representative legal of the company.
  • Scan and submit this request form along with the supporting documents below, electronically to or physically deposit it with Webb Fontaine CI Customer Service.
        • A duplicate of the identity document.
        • A photocopy of the identity card of the person who has requested the access GUCE.
        • Copy of the Import/Export Code Sheet.
  • For deposits made with physical currency The person who is submitting the request must present his/her identification document.
  • After you submit your request, the GUCE will take your request and email you your Username as well as Password for the email address you registered to, login to your account to login to your portal.

Upload the prior Import Authorization (API) for milk and Derived Products.

  • Once you have logged in to the GUCE site, fill out the Import declaration form (FDI) and then submit it.
  • The system will automatically generate a Request to obtain a Prior Import Authorization which is then sent directly to Ministry of Animal and Fisheries Resources to be checked and processed.
  • The proforma invoice can be downloaded and request For Prior import Authorization (API) Copy and the copy of the authority to perform the role of an importer for milk and related products (if available) from the website.
  • Go to the Ministry of Animal and Fisheries Resources (MIRAH), Department of Veterinary Services Division (DSV) Sub-Directorate of Hygiene and Food Sanitary Safety (SDHSSA) office and hand in the following documents and other information to the license desk
    • FDI number or completed request form
    • A copy of proforma invoice
    • A request in advance for Import Authorization (API) Original version
    • A copy of the authorization that allows you to perform the profession.
  • Pay the fees at cash registers, after which you will be issued with a receipt.
  • If an responsible official determines that the requirements for submitting the application have been met, you will be notified of the result by phone, SMS email, in person within two hours up to 72 hours, and granted an Import Permit (API) Authorization to import Milk and Derived Products.

Required Documents For Apply for Import License for Milk and Derived Product

Register using the GUCE

  • A duplicate of the identity document.
  • A photocopy of the identity card of the person who is requesting an account with GUCE.
  • Copy of the Import/Export Code Sheet.

Import Authorization (API) Permit to import milk and other products derived from it

  • A proforma bill.
  • Copy of the authority to practice the profession of importer of milk and related items (if it is available).
  • Demand in advance for Import Authorization (API) Original document
  • Valid identification document
  • Valid Certificate of registration for the company.
  • Other documents that could be required by the Ministry.

Office Locations and Contacts

Ministry of Animal and Fisheries Resources (MIRAH)
Abidjan Plateau Plateau
Address : CAISTAB building 11th floor
BP V 84 – Cote d’Ivoire
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)
Abidjan Plateau Plateau
Contact: City Administrative Tower C, 11thFloor,
Tel: (+225) 20 21 89 72


  • Companies/business/person with a valid authorization certificate to import milk and Derived products.


The API transaction cost is 55,000 FCFA/25 T and per container.

Documents to Utilize

Link (registration for GUCE account)

Examples of Documents

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

Processing Time

Once the application is submitted, the application is processed within two hours to 72 hours.


Import via seaFor all sea-based imports the exporter, the forwarder overseas as well as the importer need to be registered with the BSC on the site that is operated by the Office Ivoirien des Chargeurs (OIC) .
The required document to register

  • The Final Invoice or the valuable inventory of personal possessions.
  • A Bill of Lading (Bill of Lading ) or B /L).
  • The packing checklist.
  • A Customs Export Declaration of the country that will be shipping the product.
  • The Local Insurance Certificate in Cote d’Ivoire.
  • It is the Import Declaration Form (FDI) or its number.

Additionally, for imports coming from countries that are not part of the European Union, the following are necessary:

  • This is the Freight Invoice.
  • It is the Certificate of Origin.

Requirements Information

Importer details

  • Name of the company that imports or imports
  • Contact details
  • Identification document details
  • Company registration certificate detail
  • The origin of this import
  • Value of the item
  • Transport mode
  • Name of the bank of the importer (in Cote d’Ivoire) (for the Bank Domiciliation and for getting an Exchange Authorization).
  • The HS codes of products that are to be imported
  • The applicant’s declaration

The document is needed

  • An Import Authorization (API) Permits for milk and other milk-derived products grants the importer the authority to import these products to Ivory Coast legally.
  • Exports and imports of milk and related products are a significant and significant part of the Ivory Coast economy but they may also bring the risk of developing diseases. Imports are controlled with strictness along border crossings at the Ivory Coast border under the regulations of the national government to prevent this.
  • This also helps to ensure the safety and quality guarantees of the products intended for use by humans and animals.

Information that could be helpful

  • Certificates and authorizations are required to obtain the import products (Milk and milk-derived products)
  • Prior to the filing of the import declaration for clearance of customs on the document, the person who forwards it has to forward the file at the Office of Chief Veterinary Officers in the Phytosanitary Service of the Customs office for the sanitation Pass.
  • It is also necessary to present the Certificate of Health Certificate as well as The inspection Certificate are the other documents that must be submitted in order to Customs so that they can get delivery of the goods imported.
  • These documents are needed for the receipt of your Good Removal (BAE) from Customs and to take delivery of the import products.

External Links

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



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