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International convention and customs procedures of Burkina Faso

International Conventions
Member of World Trade Organisation
International Economic Cooperation
Burkina Faso is a member of WTO since 1995. The country is also a member of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the International Labour Organization (ILO).
Non Tariff Barriers
Non-tariff barriers take the form of licensing requirements, special uthorizations, export registration requirements, supplementary taxes on imports, targeted import bans, etc.
Customs Duties and Taxes on Imports
Burkina Faso is a member of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU), which imposes a common external tariff whose rates vary between 5, 10, 15 and 20%. The basis for calculating import duties is cost, insurance, and freight (CIF).

The prices for rights and taxes for the import of goods consists of the following duties and taxes:
• Customs duty (from 0% to 35%)
• Statistical royalty (1%)
• Value added tax (18%)
• Community solidarity tax (1%)
• CEDEAO community tax (0.5%)

The import of certain goods may be subject to an additional excise duty:
• Petroleum products (fixed duties which vary depending on scale given by general tax code)
• Alcoholic and non-alcoholic products (from 10% to 30%)
• Coffee and tea (10%)
• Tobacco (17% to 30%)
• Kola nuts (10%)
• Livestock in transit in Burkina Faso (from XOF 150 to XOF 2 500 per animal)
• Fragrance and cosmetic products (10%)

Customs Classification
Burkina Faso is a member of the World Customs Organisation and does comply with the harmonised customs system (HS).
Import Procedures

Goods imported to Burkina Faso must be coupled with the following documents:

  • four copies of the invoice indicating the FOB value of goods;
  • certificate of origin or EUR which is available for the importer or banks;
  • transport documents such as a bill of lading, airway bill, etc.;
  • phytosanitary certificate for unprocessed vegetable products;
  • sanitary certificate for meat and meat products;
  • insurance for any merchandise whose value is higher than CFA50,000;
  • any goods whose FOB value is higher or equivalent to CFA150,000 shall be subject before its shipment to quality, price and quantity inspection.
Importing Samples
Samples shall not be subject to quality, price and quantity inspection.
 

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For Further Information
Customs (in French)
Burkina Faso Customs Code (in French)
Business Portal for Africa

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