How To Successfully Import Chemicals to Cote D’Ivoire

Importing chemicals into Cote d'Ivoire is a profitable enterprise because of her economy's current boom and growth. Also, China is considered the world's factory due to its high level of experience, expertise, infrastructure, and resources. It would help you improve revenues while giving you easy and cheap access to more chemicals.

Cote d'Ivoire is a chemical trade hub with an increasing and appealing chemical industry. However, you must meet certain conditions before importing chemicals from China into Cote D'Ivoire. Keep reading to discover all you need to know about chemical importation to Cote D'Ivoire.

Introduction to Cote D’Ivoire Chemical Market

Cote d'Ivoire is one of the best places to make massive chemical sales. This is because it is one of West Africa's most significant economies and a major producer of cocoa beans and cashew nuts, albeit with a low level of processing. In addition, Cote d'Ivoire is also known for exporting major cash crops like rubber, coffee, palm oil, cotton, rice, and bananas, grown by large- and small-scale farmers.

According to a 2021 World Bank report, agriculture accounts for about 28% of GDP and about 75% of export receipts. Therefore, Cote d'Ivoire has the potential to promote agro-industrial processing, among other things. This gives opportunities for high sales of food processing chemicals, farm supplements, and pesticide-making chemicals. Below is an overview of industries with a demand for chemicals:


  • Agricultural Industry


The agricultural industry has strong growth potential. This is because the government and donors adopt programs to improve the quality and quantity of agricultural production, raise crop yields, prioritize development along the agro-processing value chain, and also diversify agriculture. In addition, the sector employs two-thirds of the working population. According to BNETD, agricultural activity occupies 53% of the national territory.


  • Building and Construction Equipment and Materials


The Cote d'Ivoire government prioritizes infrastructure investments.  The growth in demand for cement and construction materials is about 6 million metric tonnes in 2020 against 8 million in 2021, demonstrating the sector's dynamism.  Project management, foreign engineering, and procurement experience are encouraged in Cote d'Ivoire. Hence, imported chemicals are needed in the building and construction industries.


  • Energy


With the third-largest electrical system in West Africa, the Ivorian government is striving to establish the country as a West African electricity hub.  Cote d'Ivoire had an installed capacity of 2,269 MW as of 2021, with about 61% (1,390 MW) generated by thermal power and the remaining 39% (879 MW) generated by hydroelectric dams.  With its reputation for high-quality chemical products, China would be interested in exporting chemical energy to Cote D'Ivoire.


  • Water Treatment Industry


Two foreign organizations have signed a credit deal with the Ministry of Economy and Finance of Cote d'Ivoire to develop and renovate key water supply infrastructure in up to 111 locations nationwide. With this new development, there will be a need for quality chemicals for water treatment, which can be found in China.

The flag of Cote d’Ivoire

How Can I Import Chemicals To Cote D’Ivoire From China?

While importing chemicals to Cote d'Ivoire from China is a booming business, understanding the proper paperwork is critical for efficient import procedures. The importer must ensure they have completed all the necessary import documentation to clear customs formalities and meet all compliance and regulatory requirements. Below are the basic procedures and documentation involved.

Commercial Invoice

All invoices (written in French) must include the exporter's and consignee's names, the marks and numbers on the packages, the quantity and type of packages, the CIF value, the terms of sale, the net and gross weights, and a detailed description of the product. The importer must also sign a duplicate invoice to hasten the release of the items from customs.

Bill of Lading (or air waybill)

Although there are no regulations specifying the content of a bill of lading, importers should provide visible identification markers as well as the name and address of the consignee of the products. Shipping marks on goods must correspond exactly to numbers on bills of lading/invoices.

A sample of Bill of landing


Packing List

While packing lists are not mandatory, they are usually helpful in hastening the required time for customs clearance.

Pro-forma Invoice

Individuals intending to import products must include six copies of the pro forma invoice with their application for an import license and/or intent to import. They may also need a pro forma invoice when applying to Ivorian authorities to ship bonded goods through the country.

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

When discussing the supply chain management process, it is important to note that the China pre-shipment inspection method is critical. The step is critical at the end of the manufacturing process. It helps to ensure that the packed chemicals for shipment are of the right quality and quantity. Below is a list of accredited agents for pre-shipment inspection and testing in China:




China Certification & Inspection Group (CCIC)

China - Headquarter

Sanyuan Building, No.18 Xibahe Dongli Chaoyang District. Beijing, P.R. China

+86 10-8460 3456


Cotecna International Trade Consulting (Shanghai) Ltd

Suite 2101, No. 989 Dong Fang Lu

Zhong Da Square,

Pu Dong Xin Qu

200122 Shangai


+86 21 68672300

V-Trust Inspection Service Co. Ltd

1507-1509 West Tower, Poly World Trade Centre, 1000 Xingang Road E., Guangzhou, China 510335


Commodity Inspection Services BV

Commodity Inspection Services BV, (CIS) China

Room 504, Hecheng Garden

No. 20 Hedong Road, Zhuangqiao

Jiangbei, Ningbo



How To Import Chemicals to Cote D’Ivoire From China: Step By Step

A clear understanding is needed to carry out a successful importation. For a successful and hitch-free chemical importation from China to Cote d'Ivoire, you must follow the steps below:


  • Understand the trade laws in China and Cote D'Ivoire


Before you import chemicals from China into Cote d'Ivoire, you must be familiar with the trade laws and regulations binding the two countries. This will help you have a hitch-free import.


  • Choose the right shipping method


There are different shipping methods. The method you choose depends on certain factors, like the quantity of your items and the time frame involved. You must also ensure you familiarize yourself with the appropriate incoterm for your chosen shipping method.


  • Find the best supplier


While there are many suppliers, it's essential to choose one that's trustworthy and reliable. Such a supplier will help you get the best quality and ensure your items are delivered in good condition. Camachem is a reliable chemical-producing company in China that you can trust with this business.


  • Clear your goods with Ivorian customs


If you want to speed up your importation process, it's essential to understand the customs regulations and get your documents ready. This will help you scale through custom delays and hitches.


Importing Chemicals from China into Cote d'Ivoire can increase your profitability while accessing 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 Cote d'Ivoire port.  

How Can Camachem Help Me Import Chemicals in Cote D’Ivoire?

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 Cote d'Ivoire. All you have to do is visit the website, make an order for any chemical of your choice, acquire appropriate approvals as indicated  above, and we will handle the rest.

Our company has exported various chemicals to Cote d'Ivoire through the Port of Abidjan. 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 Cote D’Ivoire 

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

 A package of Caustic Soda Pearl ready to be imported to Cote d'Ivoire


A package of Caustic Soda Pearl ready to be imported to Cote d'Ivoire

 Camachem Preparing SLES 70 Shipment to Port of Abidjan

 A chemical ready to be shipped Into Cote d’Ivoire


A chemical ready to be shipped Into Cote d’Ivoire