How To Successfully Import Chemicals to Cameroon

Cameroon is a Commonwealth member of the CEMAC (Central African Economic and Monetary Community), the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), and a signatory to the African Continental Free Trade Agreement. The country also encourages international trade. According to a 2021 report from the World Bank, the trade-to-GDP ratio is approximately 37%.

China is one of the main import suppliers for Cameroon. This is due to their competence, infrastructure, resources, and experience. The country also helps importers improve their revenues and provide fast and cheap access to chemicals. This article discusses everything you need to know about chemical imports into Cameroon.

Introduction to Cameroon Chemical Market

Chemical importation into Cameroon is one of the most profitable markets, contributing to the country's expansion. This increase is expected to be driven by the export of agriculture, forestry, and fishing products. The economy also relies on oil, which provides over 40% of export profits. Cameroon is developing Central Africa's sole deep-sea port, which is being funded mostly by China's Export-Import Bank and increasing hydropower generation. Therefore, to improve the country's economy through these sectors, there's a need for quality chemicals from a reliable country like China. Below is an overview of each sector:

 

  • Fishing

The fishing industry is important for Cameroon's maritime security because it contributes significantly to the economy, food security, and local livelihoods. Fisheries provided 3% of Cameroon's estimated $35 billion GDP in 2016 and employed approximately 240,000 artisanal fisherfolk, including thousands of women who rely on the fish trade for a living. However, the value of the fisheries sector in Cameroon is jeopardized by repeated reports of illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing and fisheries crime. Furthermore, pollution and climate change will likely worsen the sector's challenges. Chemicals can be helpful for water treatment, which helps prevent pollution.

 

  • Agriculture

Agriculture accounts for over half of Cameroon's non-oil export revenues and employs nearly 60% of the working population. 90% of rural households are involved in agriculture in some way, with export crops accounting for around one-third of their income. Cameroon is also one of the world's leading cocoa bean producers, primarily farmed in the south. Therefore, the chemical market would thrive in the country's agricultural sector.

 

  • Forestry

Cameroon's leaders emphasize the importance of forests in the country's cultural, social, and economic makeup, with its economic role being the most important. The logging industry employs over 54,000 people directly or indirectly, and revenue from forest exploitation is second only to that of petroleum. There is a need for chemicals to help enhance and protect a wide array of forest resources, and importing these chemicals from a reputable country like China is crucial.

The Cameroonian flag  

How Can I Import Chemicals To Cameroon From China? 

Chemical importation into Cameroon is a vital and thriving industry. Understanding the needed documents and requirements is critical for a successful import. To clear customs rules and comply with all laws and regulations, the importer must complete all relevant import documentation. The procedures and documentation listed below are essential.

Certificate of Origin

A Certificate of Origin (CO) acts as a declaration to meet trade or customs regulations. Most times, COs are necessary for the customs clearing process to assess import duties or legality. A certificate of origin also attests that all of the products in a shipment were obtained, produced, manufactured, or processed in the nation specified.

Certificate of Analysis

A certificate of analysis is a document confirming that a product has undergone certain testing with results. It is typically the outcome of an agreement between the seller and the buyer or an obligation of one of their governments in international trade. When trust has been built between both the seller and the buyer, this certificate may be provided by a certifying authority (chosen by the exporter or importer) or at the exporter's laboratories.

A copy of Certificate of Analysis

Letter of Credit

Before a letter of credit is provided, the purchase order must be received and confirmed. A letter of credit also sets a precise shipping deadline. Upon verification that the buyer has received the seller's product, the Letter of Credit transfers the money from the buyer's bank to the seller's.

Insurance Certificate

An insurance certificate is a document that shows the kind and scope of insurance coverage that is active for a certain shipment. It's used to reassure the importer that insurance is available to cover loss or damage to the cargo while in transit.

Bill of Lading

Similar to a receipt, a bill of lading is one of the most crucial documents needed for customs clearance. It is a written agreement between the shipper and the carrier. The shipping business that moves the goods from the ports of loading to the destination issues this document. The transported items' type, quantity, and destination are all specified on the bill of lading.

Which Companies are Pre-Shipment Inspection and Testing Agents in China?

You should be aware that the pre-shipment inspection procedure in China is an essential step in the supply chain management process before you begin importing chemicals. It represents the final stage of every production process. It also helps to verify the quality and quantity of the chemicals packed for shipment. The following is a list of authorized pre-shipment testing and inspection companies in China for Cameroon imports:

 

Name

Address

Contact

Bureau Veritas



Beijing 7 Layers Huarui Communications Technology Co., Ltd. L

(Electrical & Electronic Products – Wireless)

Yue Tan Nan Str.11. Xi Cheng District, Beijing, China



Tel: +86 10 6805 0368

Email: [email protected]

Novas QC

East Office Building, 45 Beijing Road, Qianwan Free Trade Port, Qingdao Area, China (Shandong) Pilot Free Trade Zone

Tel: +8613061273656

Email: [email protected]

Bureau Veritas

Beijing 7 Layers Huarui Communications Technology Co., Ltd. L

(Electrical & Electronic Products – Wireless)

Yue Tan Nan Str.11. Xi Cheng District, Beijing, China

Tel: +86 10 6805 0368

Email: [email protected]

How To Import Chemicals to Cameroon From China: Step By Step

The following steps will help you ace your chemical importation process from China to Cameroon: 

 

  • Trade Inquiry

Make the required market research queries before you begin importing. This way, you will be fully updated on all pertinent details about your goods. The cost and conditions under which the exporter supplies their goods are covered by trade inquiries.

 

  • Choose the best supplier

China has many chemical suppliers, making it simple to deal with deceptive ones. Take your time when selecting a dependable and trustworthy supplier. This will help you relax, knowing that your goods will arrive on schedule and in good shape. Camachem is a reliable supplier you can trust to help with this. The company is reputable for its long track record of successfully importing chemicals into Cameroon.

 

  • Get your documents ready

If you want to overcome customs delays, you must ensure your documents are ready and up-to-date. This will reduce your stress and make the process faster.

 

  • Choose a Shipping Method

You must choose a shipping method before you start sending your purchases. Shipping options depend on the quantity, type, and weight of the chemicals, as well as on your budget and timeline. Also, ensure you have the right incoterms for your chosen shipping method.

Summary 

Importing Chemicals from China into Cameroon can increase your profitability while providing access to a diverse and wide range of Chemicals at an affordable price. Due to the nature of chemicals, they require proper handling, which is why several procedures must be completed before you can successfully import and collect your chemicals at any Cameroonian port.   

How Can Camachem Help Me Import Chemicals in Cameroon?

Camachem is a reliable company with a wealth of experience in shipping chemicals to different countries across the globe. The company has handled the exportation of chemicals from China to various countries, including Cameroon. All you have to do is visit the website, make an order on any chemical of your choice, acquire appropriate approvals as indicated above, and we will handle the rest. 

Our company has exported various chemicals to Cameroon through the Port of Douala. They include:

  1. DCP
  2. Caustic Soda Flakes
  3. Caustic Soda Pearls
  4. Sodium Bicarbonate
  5. Soda Ash (Dense and Light)
  6. Sodium Metabisulfite (SMBS)
  7. Sodium Sulfide
  8. SLES 70%
  9. Many others

Our company is reputable for producing, packing, and shipping chemicals in large quantities to clients across different continents, including Africa. Therefore, once your documents are in place, you can contact Camachem to import the best chemicals.

Camachem Successfully Exported Chemicals to Cameroon

Camachem preparing Caustic Soda Flakes Shipment in Tianjin for the Port of Douala

A package of Caustic Soda Pearl ready to be imported to Cameroon

A package of Caustic Soda Pearl ready to be imported to Cameroon

Camachem Preparing SLES 70 Shipment to Port of Douala

A chemical ready to be shipped Into Cameroon

A chemical ready to be shipped Into Cameroon