How to Export Clothing and Textile (AGOA) In Benin

Export Clothing and Textile (AGOA) In Benin By Online

  1. You (exporter) begin by contacting a broker who has been approved to finalize the customs formalities. You can physically present yourself at the agent’s office or send him remotely (mail, telephone) the information/documents necessary for the exportation procedure i.e. (commercial bill for product as well as a packing checklist) View the contact information of a certified broker by clicking here. Link
  2. The broker will then create an offer based on charges to be paid to all agencies or structures that be involved in the process of exporting for the items at their destination (including the cost of agents for commission) basing the quotation on the information received from the exporter. They will send you a quote slip.
  3. If you decide to use the services of a broker and accept the broker’s services, you are required to pay the fees of the broker in cash, or with a check or Bank transfer within a single day after making the payment you will be issued an order for transit at the broker’s office with a IFU registration certificate’ of the company or an exporter/importe.

Removal of empty container

  1. When the ship arrives consignee is connected via the Single Window Port Website Link and announces the arriving at Port in Cotonou and inform the stevedore who will manage the vessel. The ship’s call announcement number will be assigned to each operation.
  2. The broker who is authorized contacts or connects with a consignment company operating Click here to find a list of companies Click and then makes a reservation for the transportation of the consignment the vessel. The reservation number is provided to the broker via email by the consignment firm.
  3. After receiving the email notice the broker who is authorized connects to the platform for consignment operation, having submitted the request and downloaded an order for release.
  4. The broker then goes into COMAN SA office. COMAN SA office with the release order, and then submits the order to an assistant manager office for verification by the customs agent , who will issue the scorecard/tracking sheet.
  5. The authorized broker visits the Autonomous Port of Cotou office and provides the needed details (name of driver as well as co-drivers and co-driver, date of arrival the truck, name of transit company, and the name of the broker authorized) for the biller, who is added on the SYGES platform, and then the establishment of the requested truck slip for a fee in the amount of CFCA 10000 in cash.
  6. The broker travels to the port in cotonou, with their truck, and then submit the truck’s slip to the port agent in the Entrance 5 gatehouse, to be certified. He then examines the his truck’s information against SYGES platform before releasing the sealed truck certificate to the truck driver.
  7. The driver then goes to the parking lot number 250 at the port in order to get an official Macaron against the sealed truck document in the Macaron issuing office.
  8. Within 5 days, the driver will receive the badge, two armbands, a macaron (with the date of release) in the form of a macaron, by the agent at the port office of the exit.
  9. The driver takes through the trucks to one warehouse operations (COMAN) in the port at Contonou. He then hand in his (driver’s license/tracking sheet) to the agent who then checks the number of seal that the container is sealed, and then registers it. and then connects to GUP and confirms that all is okayin the system. The system issues the driver’s identification ticket, tracking sheet, and driver’s license.
  10. The driver will then head to the docks for loading and parks the truck there. The machine operator (handling agent) removes containers (s) of the forklift truck with the help of a forklift truck.
  11. The agent marks that number on the container onto truck’s tracking sheet. The agent then return the completed tracking sheet as well as the empty interchange for the exit to the driver. Note these documents to confirm that the truck left the park empty container.
  12. The handing agent connects to GUP and informs it that the car has been removed from COMAN. COMAN fleet. The information is then sent to the other partner structures (GUP SIGES-Port, GUP. ).

handling of items handled by handlers

  1. The broker authorized connects to the GUP-SEGUB platform. It creates an export file within the system, and provides details about the quantity of containers used as well as the weight of products, details about the driver, etc.
  2. A freight forwarder who is approved is able to approach the stevedore in order to get his permission to unload the goods of his vehicle within the port. A customer assistant checks an exchange (empty outlet) and determines if the file that was created in the Single Port Window (GUP) is in order , and issues the complete return exchange document.
  3. The broker who is authorized returns to the port office in cotonou in the truck and provides the required information (name of driver as well as co-drivers the truck, date of arrival of the truck, name of transit company and the name of the broker authorized) at the time of the invoice agent who is checked on the SYGES platform, and then the establishment of the truck slip that was requested for a fee of CFCA $10,000 in cash.
  4. The broker will then forward the truck’s document to the entry 5 of the cotonou port agent for verification and then connects to the port’s entrance and exit management (SYGES) system to view the truck’s entry into the port. The document identifies the date, the time at which the truck entered the truck at the port, and stamps an initial stamp on the truck, and then issues it to the driver of the truck.
  5. The driver is directed to the parking lot number 250 at the port to get the badge that allows him to take the goods. The agent issuing the badge is connected to SYGES port. The agent connects to the SYGES port, and checks to see if the entry report has been verified by the system, and then examines the party calling whether the date, stamp and timing of the truck’s arrival were specified. The agent notifies the computer system of the fact that the vehicle is in the parking area and prints the badge/armbands and then returns the driver’s licence complete return interchange to the driver.
  6. The customs agent notifies or updates systems that items were delivered and also that the transporter has been removed from COMAN. COMAN fleet. The information is then sent through the systems of partners (GUP SIGES-Port, GUP. ).

The establishment of the declaration on customs

  1. The authorized broker goes the broker to Benin Chamber of Commerce and Industry CCIB’s offices to buy the customs declaration forms comprising five sheets of bundles that are sold in hundreds of sheets in addition to CCIB payment receipts. CCIB payments receipt.
  2. The broker connects to ASYCUDA. ASYCUDA system and inputs the declaration for every bill of landing for the product and receives 5 copies of the export declaration forms from each agency i.e. .
  3. The broker then goes into the customs Port Recipe Office, Inspector Liquidator unit to submit the export declaration file of 5 copies and the commercial invoice of goods at the inspector’s of customs official for verification and to obtain the liquidated export declaration declaration copy and the cleared export declaration carrier copy.

The single expense form is regulated by

  1. The broker establishes and emails the boarding letter to the consignment business that has rendered its services, the consignment company completes the form and signs it and then informs the vessel that is boarding. The broker then is then connected to the GUP system and determines whether the handler has been informed that he’s received the items.
  2. The broker should then connect with to a handler that is certified and supply the relevant details and request an invoice for stevedoring. Link
  3. The broker will then get an email from the broker informs the broker that the invoice was being processed by various structures of Port Single Window platform Port Single Window platform i.e. (stevedore, PAC, CNCB, CNERTP, CCIB, SEGUB, GUOCE and Customs) are being verified and validated. Then, the broker will receive the BFU that was issued. Note: The broker authorized can track the issue for each bill online using the GUP.
  4. The broker takes the BFU printed invoice or to the Bank of Africa or ECOBANK and pay the BFU invoice. They will then receive the BFU Bank receipt.
  5. The authorized broker connects GUP. GUP platform to determine whether the bank has confirmed that the BFU fee payment and download the approved BFU.

The creation of a bill of landing

  1. The broker then contacts or connects to the particular consignment firm who provided its services to him. He then provides the necessary information i.e. “Destination/weight of the items and payment details,” he then asks the invoice to settle the cost of buying the invoice or the entire amount of the charges due to the consignment firm for the services rendered . He also receive a an invoice for the bill of landing.
  2. The broker will then go to the preferred bank to make payment against the invoice of landing and get a consignee’s receipt, also known as the purchase bill of landing.
  3. The broker who is authorized will be informed by email of his acceptance of the creation and the validity of the invoice. In addition, he will be informed that he gives permission to that the company printing the initial bill of sale, and then to take away the original as well as a duplicate of the bill of lading to the consignment firm against the following documents : draft of bill of land, BFU OK, Consignee receipt.

Get the original certificate

  1. The broker is then taken into the Benin Chamber of Commerce and industry Office, Director of the Economic and Financial Department and names the company that is transiting to the cashier, who will check whether the company is registered with its license. If it is registered, the broker is required to buy the certification of origin form and then obtain the CCIB receipt, also known as a certificate of origin.

boarding Authorization

  1. The broker must forward CCIB receipt CCIB Receipt (certificate of the origin) at CCIB storekeeper agent. CCIB storekeeper agent who will then issue an official certificate of the origin for textile AGOA.
  2. The broker merchandise to the Deputy collector of customs port unit in the Customs port Recipe office. They will then be confirmed with the agent for customs, who will then attach an AGOA visa on the document, and issue them at the request of the broker.

Required Documents For Export Clothing and Textile (AGOA)

  • National identity card exporter
  • commercial invoice for the purchase of goods
  • Packing list of packing – weight, number of packs
  • IFU certification of the importer or company
  • AGOA’s certificate of origin textile
  • Valid driver’s license
  • BFU OK slip
  • Receipt for the consignor
  • Stevedore invoice.
  • Export declaration documents i.e .
  • Bill of landing
  • Transit order
  • Release Order

Office Locations and Contacts

Address: Boulevard Saint Michel, Cotonou 04
BP 1186
Tel: +229 21 32 13 54
Fax: +229 21 32 13 48

List of Brokers Authorized for Benin : link

Address: Residential zone, Cotonou 08
BP 0658
Tel: +229 21 31 99 88 / +229 21 31 99 89
Website: Link

Cotonou 01
BP 837
Tel: +229 21 31 17 24 / +229 21 31 30 81
Site: Link

Cotonou 01 Address Cotonou 01
BP 31
Tel: +229 21 31 12 38 / +229 21 31 20 81
Fax: +229 21 31 32 99

Cotonou 01 Address Cotonou 01
BP 400
Tel: +229 21 31 22 36

Cotonou 01
BP 400
Tel: +229 21 31 22 36

Address Location: Zone OCBN 02, Cottonou
BP 2826
Tel: +229 21 31 88 44
Fax: +229 21 31 60 97

Residential zone, Cotonou 08
BP 0658
Tel: +229 21 31 99 88 / +229 21 31 99 89
Website: link


  • Authorized brokers are hired by an exporter to export textiles and clothing AGOA from Benin

Processing Time

  • The estimated processing time between {different steps various steps (cumulatively) is between 2-7 days.


To access ASYCUDA system

  • You can sign the declaration at his office if you have access to ASYCUDA (the broker has to be authorized and the software must also be running on the computer).or
  • Make use of the computer and internet connection that is available in the non-marked room (computer space) in the office of customs.

The Information You Need

  • The name of the exporter
  • Exporter’s address/contact details
  • Exporters TIN/PIN
  • Agent’s name
  • Agents’ address
  • Agents processing TINs and clearing office
  • Registration number
  • The date on which the export is planned
  • Country of destination for goods
  • Tax invoice value
  • Data on banking and financial institutions
  • Identification, Date and Nationality of the vehicle at the time of crossing.
  • Office of departure
  • The location of the items
  • Distribution of packages and packaging
  • Calculation of the duties.

Documentation is needed

  • The clothing and textiles that are exported AGOA need to be declared as such and in compliance with customs regulations and the standard required by the Ministry of Industry and Trade for the export to be permitted exit from Benin

Information that can be useful

More details on the documents required and different processes

Certificate of Origin

  • The origin certificate which proves the source of the product allows you to gain certain benefits for certain countries, notably at the customs levels.

Transmit order

  • It is this document that requires the authorized broker to act for the benefit of the economic operator. The contract makes the latter liable to the broker who is authorized.

Removing empty containers

  • They are formal requirements that must be followed to take the empty container from handler to transfer the goods into the warehouse of the owner.

Processing of items from the person handling them

  • The process requires returning all containers containing items to the handler.

Customs declaration

  • Imported and exported goods are subject to tax and duties stipulated within the Customs tariff. In this respect, customs have created an system known as ASYCUDA World to permit authorized brokers to make a declaration from their office prior to making their way to the site to conduct their liquidation, and to pay customs duties.

Bill of Landing

  • The invoice for transport constitutes the agreement between operator as well as the company. The carrier is accountable for the shipment until the goods are taken off at the destination of final delivery.

Sheet of tracking/scorecard

  • The sheet of tracking lists the number of empty containers to be removed from the fleet of handlers.

External Links

Benin Trade Portal: Link

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