Get This Certificate before Export to African Regions!

lausm | April 24, 2018 | 0 | Uncategorized

From April 16 on, Inspection and Verification of Conformity Program on commodity is needed when it comes to Customs clearance according to the government of the Republic of C te d’Ivoire.

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That is, all products exported to African countries should be approved by Verification of Conformity (VoC) which confirmed by the local authorities.

What is VoC
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Verification of Conformity (VoC) is the most common compulsory technical certificate, which is also promoted to a majority of sub-Saharan African countries. Only with VoC can the local importer go through Customs clearance successfully and pick up the imported goods. 

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Actually, titles of VoC vary from region to region.

For example, it is named as SONCAP in Nigeria, CBCA in Zimbabwe, and PVoC in East-African countries.

So you need to distinguish different titles of VoC among different regions.

Products under supervision 
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A large number of products are under supervision, except for the following products:

● Gold and other precious metals

● Precious stones

● Explosives, weapons, ammunition and other war material intended for thenational armed forces and to the police force

● Live animals

● Fresh Fish, vegetables and fruit

● Plants and floricultural products

● Impressed and developed cinematographic films

● Newspapers and periodicals, stamps items or tax, stamp paper, banknotes,check books, passports

● Personal effects and used household objects

● Used cars

● Postal Parcels

● Raw or partially refined oil

● Commercial samples

● Supplies to the diplomatic and consular missions or internationalorganizations, imported for their own needs/use

● Imported goods and equipment for oil and mining operations

● Imports related to free regimes

● Raw products and traditional handicraft of community origin

Which countries require VoC?
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Currently, VoC program is adopted by African countries including:

Cote d’Ivoire, Algeria, Nigeria, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia, Gabon, Ghana,Guinea, etc.

Mainly types of commodities are including: 

Food, Chemical products, textiles, electronic products, mechanical products, etc.

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In Africa, Verification of Conformity is specified by the government, corresponding with standards of different countries. Thus, to export products to Africa, meeting the requirement of VoC is necessary. 

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