Export licensing policy for the Republic of Cote D’Ivoire

Ivory Coast is subject to regional controls governing small arms and light weapons.


Côte d’Ivoire is a member of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

The UK will not issue an export licence for small arms and light weapons, components or ammunition to ECOWAS. The UK will only consider licence applications where the ECOWAS Commission has issued an exception to its moratorium. Find out more in the ECOWAS export restrictions guidance.

On 14 June 2006, the ECOWAS Convention on Small Arms and Light Weapons as shown on Sipri’s website was adopted. The ECOWAS agreed to ban small arms and light weapons (SALW), ammunition and other related materials from being:

  • imported
  • exported
  • transferred to mercenaries, armed militia, rebel groups and private security companies
  • possessed, used and sold by civilians


ECOWAS member states can apply to the ECOWAS Commission Executive Secretariat to import or export SALW for specific reasons, such as:

  • national defence and security
  • peace support

Transit control

Military items transiting the UK are still regarded as being exported when they leave the country and are therefore subject to control. Article 17 of the Export Control Order 2008 includes a transit and transhipment exception meaning that in many situations a licence is not required. This exception does not apply to certain military goods destined for Côte d’Ivoire, meaning that a licence is required to transit goods through the UK or to tranship them in the UK with a view to re-exportation to Côte d’Ivoire.

Apply for an export licence

Apply for an export licence through SPIRE, the online export licensing system managed by the Export Control Joint Unit (ECJU).

ECJU  contact details

General queries about strategic export licensing

Export Control Joint Unit
Department for Business and Trade
Old Admiralty Building
Admiralty Place


Telephone 020 7215 4594

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Published 13 August 2012
Last updated 4 June 2013 + show all updates
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