How you import from and export to the Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) will change from 1 January 2021.
New rules for January 2021
The UK has left the EU, and the transition period after Brexit comes to an end this year.
This page tells you what you'll need to do from 1 January 2021. It will be updated if anything changes.
You can also read about the transition period.
The UK has signed an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the Côte d’Ivoire.
EPAs are principally development-focused trade agreements that aim to promote increased trade and investment. They contribute to sustainable growth and poverty reduction in developing countries.
This guidance provides information on aspects of trade that will change as soon as the UK-Côte d’Ivoire Stepping Stone EPA takes effect. It is for UK businesses trading with the Côte d’Ivoire.
What the agreement includes
The UK commits to providing immediate duty-free, quota-free access to goods exported from the Côte d’Ivoire.
In exchange, the Côte d’Ivoire commit to gradual tariff liberalisation of goods. Some domestically sensitive products in the Côte d’Ivoire are excluded from tariff liberalisation.
This EPA includes provisions on:
- trade in goods - including provisions on preferential tariffs, rules of origin and sanitary and phytosanitary measures
Import tariff rates on goods
Tariff rates for bilateral trade in goods between the UK and the Côte d’Ivoire will continue to apply as soon as the agreement takes effect.
You can use online tools Trade with the UK and Check How to Export Goods to check product-specific and country-specific information on tariffs and regulations that currently apply to UK trade in goods. These tools are regularly updated to reflect any changes.
Rules of origin
Claiming preferential rates for your exports from the UK
Unless you are permitted to provide an origin declaration, you will need to fill in a certificate of origin in order to claim preferential treatment.
Updated certificates of origin will be available as soon as the agreement takes effect from your usual provider, for example chambers of commerce. Certificates will look very similar to those currently in use. They will show the UK as the place of origin rather than the EU.
If you currently use an EUR1 form, you will continue to do so.
Using EU materials and processing in your exports to Côte d’Ivoire
You can continue to use EU materials or processing in your exports to Côte d’Ivoire. The UK and Côte d’Ivoire must have fulfilled the necessary requirements set out in the Rules of Origin Protocol. You must also ensure the working or processing you do in the UK goes beyond the minimal operations listed in the agreement and the other relevant conditions are met.
For example, you will not be able to simply package or label a product from the EU and export it to the Côte d’Ivoire as a good originating in the UK.
See the list of minimal operations in Article 5 of the Rules of Origin Protocol in the UK-Côte d’Ivoire Stepping Stone Economic Partnership Agreement text.
The ability to consider materials from, or processing carried out in, another country as originating when incorporated into your product is called cumulation.
Using materials and processing from other countries in your exports to Côte d’Ivoire
It will also be possible to use materials from, and processing carried out in, the other countries and territories referenced in Article 7 of the Rules of Origin Protocol. Again, you must ensure that the working or processing you do in the UK goes beyond the minimal operations listed in the agreement and the other relevant conditions are fulfilled.
Sending your goods to Côte d’Ivoire through the EU and other countries
Goods transited through the EU will be subject to the same requirements as those in transit through other third countries.
For example, you will be able to split a consignment in the EU, as well as in other third countries, when exporting goods to Côte d’Ivoire, provided the goods comprising the consignment have not been entered into free circulation.
Origin quotas in the agreement have been tailored specifically to the UK.
See table 3 listed in the agreement parliamentary report for details on the new origin quotas.
When the agreement is expected to take effect
The agreement is intended to take effect from 1 January 2021 (or as soon as possible thereafter).
From 1 January 2021, the Northern Ireland Protocol will come into effect. Find out how this could affect your business.
Freight forwarding may save you time and money if you’re exporting large volumes of goods or high value items by sea or air freight. Find out more about freight forwarders.
This guidance is for information only. You should consult your legal advisers if you wish to ensure you understand the legal implications of trading from 1 January 2021 for your business.
If you have queries about trade from 1 January 2021 contact the Department for International Trade (DIT).
Should you wish to speak to someone face to face, we have local trade offices based around the UK. Within each office you can contact an international trade advisor. Find your local trade office.