Embargoes and sanctions on Ivory Coast

Information on embargoes on Ivory Coast and how to apply for an export licence.

This guidance was withdrawn on

The sanctions against Ivory Coast have been withdrawn as of June 2016. See current arms embargoes and other restrictions.


This guide contains information about embargoes and sanctions on Ivory Coast, and provides information for exporters. For more general information read the guide on Sanctions, embargoes and restrictions, and a list of all the countries where there are current restrictions.

Governments worldwide control the export of goods depending on the nature and destinations of the proposed export. The export of strategic goods and technology are controlled for various reasons including:

  • concerns about internal repression, regional instability and other human rights violations
  • concerns about the development of weapons of mass destruction
  • foreign policy and international treaty commitments including as a result of the imposition of EU or UN trade sanctions or arms embargoes
  • national and collective security of the UK and its allies

An arms embargo is in force on the Ivory Coast. This embargo has been imposed by both the UN and the EU, and the UK has introduced national legislation as a result.

This guide outlines information about the Ivory Coast arms embargo.

Export control updates

If you intend to export to the Ivory Coast you should keep yourself well informed of the current situation through the media and other information channels.

To keep informed of latest updates about arms embargoes and changes to strategic export control legislation, please subscribe to the Export Control Organisation’s Notices to Exporters.

Extent of the arms embargo on Ivory Coast

An arms embargo is a ban on the export of arms and related material (ie military ammunition, weapons and goods). Arms embargoes can be imposed by the UN, the EU, the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe or at a UK national level.

The UK generally interprets an arms embargo as covering all goods and items on the UK Military List (which forms part of the UK Strategic Export Control Lists), unless stated otherwise.

Some goods which are not on the UK Military List might also need an export licence. Read the guide on Military End Use Control.

Applying for an export licence to the Ivory Coast

Exporters can apply for an export licence for their goods. All applications will be considered by the government on a case-by-case basis in line with the provisions of the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria. Read the guide on assessment of export licence applications - criteria and policy.

For details on different export licences available see the guide on licences - export, trade control and transhipment.

When applying for a licence, you should be aware of the current licence processing times by destination. You can view details of licensing statistics on the ECO Reports and Statistics website.

In applying and using any licence, exporters should be aware of their responsibilities. Read the guide on compliance and enforcement of export controls.

If you are unsure if your goods are controlled, you should read the guide about strategic exports: when to request an export licence.

Ivory Coast arms embargo key legislation

The arms embargo on the Ivory Coast has been imposed by UN and EU laws, and implemented in the UK.

UN Security Council Resolutions

The Security Council adopted UN Resolution 1572 in November 2004. This imposed an arms embargo on the Ivory Coast. This resolution has subsequently been extended, amended and modified. The embargo is still in force.

You can find a copy of UN Resolution 1572 on the UN website.

EU legislation

After UN Resolution 1572 was adopted, the EU adopted two further measures - Common Position 2004/852/CFSP on 13 December 2004 and Council Regulation (EC) No 174/2005 in January 2005. Further Common Positions and Council Regulations have since been adopted to renew this legislation.

You can access Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) legislation on the Europa website.

UK legislation

UK legislation on the Ivory Coast arms embargo is as follows:

Read the guide on the Export Control Order 2008.

Other restrictions on the Ivory Coast

The Ivory Coast is also subject to other sanctions including a travel ban and assets freeze.

You can view a current list of asset freeze targets designated by the United Nations (UN), European Union and United Kingdom, under legislation relating to Ivory Coast.

The Ivory Coast is a member of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). It is also subject to the ECOWAS Convention on the Import, Export and Manufacture of Light Weapons. Read the guide on arms embargo on West African States.

Further information

UK Trade & Investment enquiry line: 020 7215 8000

ECO helpline: 020 7215 4594 or Email:

Ivory Coast country listing on the UK Trade & Investment website

Goods checker on the ECO Checker website (registration required)

ECO performance reports and statistics on the ECO Reports and Statistics website

CFSP legislation on the Europa website

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