How to Apply for Import License for Wood In Ivory Coast

 Apply for Import License for Wood In Ivory Coast By Yourself

  • The Prior Import Authorization (API) Permits are documents which grants importers permission to import any product into Ivory Coast legally.
  • It is important to note that the API Permit will be issued by the appropriate ministry in charge, Importers are required to sign up with the GUCE first before filling with an Import Declaration Form (FDI) that is required when the value of the product is greater 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 web site Link If you already have an account. If there isn’t one, you’ll be required to sign-up by downloading the GUCE registration form for exporters and importers on the GUCE website or clicking this link to download the the link (Registration form to apply for a GUCE account)
  • Please fill out the form and then have it completed by the representative legal of the firm.
  • 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 replica of the identity document.
    • A photocopy of the identity card of the person who has requested the access GUCE.
    • An image of the Import Code Sheet.
  • For deposits made with physical currency who submits the request must present his/her identity proof.
  • When you make your request, GUCE will review your request and then send your Username as well as Password via the email address you registered to, access your account and login to your portal.

Create the prior import authorization (API) Authorization for Wood

  • After logging in to the GUCE site, fill out the form for Import Declaration Request (FDI) and then submit it.
  • The system will create an application to obtain Prior Import Authorization (API) that will be forwarded by an office in the Ministry of Water and Forests office.
  • Print the proforma invoice, along with a request an the Prior Import Authorization (API) along with an authority to exercise the role of an importer of timber (if available) on the website
  • Visit the Ministry of Water and Forests, Directorate General of Water and Forests office and send the following documents and details to the desk for licensing.
        • FDI number or completed Formula for requesting FDI
        • Copy of the invoice
        • Request to obtain Prior Import Authorization (API)
        • Copy of the license to engage in your profession).
  • Pay the cost of processing at the counter, after which you will be issued with a receipt.
  • In the event that the designated official finds that the conditions to file the application have been fulfilled, are notified of the result by phone, SMS or by email as well as issued an Prior Import Authorization (API) permit.

Required Documents For Apply for Import License for Wood

Register using the GUCE

  • A duplicate of the identity document.
  • A duplicate of the identity document of the person who has requested an account with GUCE.
  • Copy of Import Code Sheet.

Import Authorization (API) Permit to import wood

  • A proforma bill.
  • An original copy of the Import Authorization that has been signed by MINEF
  • Request to obtain Prior Import Authorization (API)
  • Valid identification document
  • Valid certificate of registration for a company.
  • Any other documents that might be required by the Ministry.

Office Locations and Contacts

Ministry of Water and Forests (MINEF)
Abidjan Ivory Coast Plateau, Ivory Coast
Address: Cite Administrative, Tower D 19th Floor
Directorate General of Water and Forests
Directorate of Production and Forest Industries
Abidjan Plateau Plateau
Address: Cite Administrative, Tower C 8th 7th floor
Tel: + (225) 20 21 94 06
Fax: + (225) 20 21 05 12
Website: Link


  • Importers (individuals and companies/businesses) with a valid registration certificate for import of wood.


Processing fees are indicated on the proforma invoice.

Documents to Utilize

Link (registration for GUCE account)

Examples of Documents

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


Imports by sea
To import any goods by sea The exporter, forwarder overseas and the importer have to be registered with the BSC through the website that is operated by the Office Ivoirien des Chargeurs (OIC) .
Documentation required for registration

  • The Final Invoice or the valuable inventory of personal possessions.
  • It is also known as the Bill of Lading (Bill of Lading ) or B /L).
  • The packing list of packing.
  • A Customs Export Declaration of the country where the shipment is made of the product.
  • The Local Insurance Certificate in Cote d’Ivoire.
  • This is known as the Import Declaration Form (FDI) or its number.

Additionally to imports from countries that are not part of within 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
  • The value of the item
  • Transport mode
  • Name of the bank that is used by the importer (in Cote d’Ivoire) (for the Bank Domiciliation and for getting exchange authorization). Exchange Authorization).
  • The HS codes for the items to be imported
  • A declaration from the applicant

The document is needed

  • The Import Autorization (API) Permit to import wood authorizes the importer to import the product into Ivory Coast legally.
  • Exports and imports of wood make a important contribution to Ivory Coast economy. Ivory Coast economy but they could also carry the risk of the presence of contaminants, additives, or other disease-causing organisms.Imports are thus subject to strict control along border crossings at the Ivory Coast border under the regulations of the national government to prevent this.

Information that can be useful

Other certifications required for the importation of wood

  • Phytosanitary Certification for Imports Control
This document demonstrates the conformity of the product to the regulations that are in force in Cote Ivoire. It can be issued through the Phytosanitary Inspection Services at the Port (located at the Port One-Stop Shop, Boulevard du Port, Abidjan) and at the Airport as well as on the Land Borders.
  • Removal Authorization (AE) permit
The Authorization permits Importers to remove their goods from the port or airport for home inspection. The Authorization is granted by Phytosanitary Inspection Services of the Port or the Abidjan Airport. It covers everything related to Plant Products and Plant Origin.
  • Certificate of Value.
Once the goods have been loaded and all documents required for transporting the cargo are in hand (Definitive Commercial Invoice, Sea Bill of Lading or Air Waybill, Packing List Freight Invoice and copies of the FDI, and all other documents that are available) the freight forwarder has to make the request for an official Certificate of Value by Customs’ Department of Risk Analysis, Intelligence and Value (DARRV) of Customs through the online platform of GUCE

External Links

URL (Ministry of Forestry and Water (MINEF)
Link (Le Guichet Unique du Commerce Exterieur (GUCE)



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