A Cargo Tracking Note (CTN)/ Bordereau de Suivi Cargaison (BSC) is required for all exports to Togo under ministerial decree. Cargo Tracking Note/ Bordereau de Suivi Cargaison is available from the Togo Shipping Council/ Conseil National de Chargeurs Togolais (CNCT). The CTN/BSC number must be shown on each Bill of Lading (BOL) and per vehicle unit, and indicated on the shipping manifest. The CTN/BSC is also applicable for transit cargo to Hinterland destinations.
Inspections are mandated by the Ministry of Economy & Finance and are enforced by COTECNA the Destination Inspection Scheme (DIS) is used on all Togo cargo imports based on the Computerised Risk Management System (CRMS/ SIAR).
Each import will be subject to one of the following inspections by Togolese Customs:
- X-Ray scanning
- Fast-track release (document checking only)
- Physical examination
A final invoice showing FOB value and total value is required for issuing of Destination Inspection Scheme (DIS).
The minimum order value subject to the Destination Inspection Scheme (DSI) is XOF (CFA) 1,500,000 for cargo imported using air/ sea transportation and XOF (CFA) 1,000,000 for cargo imported by road/rail. Partial shipments with a FOB value below XOF (CFA) 225,000 with not be subject to DSI.
Type of Report Issued to Importer:
Clean Report of Findings named Attenstation de Vérification (ADV) in case of satisfactory results / Non-negotiable Report of Findings named Avis de Refus d’Attestation (ARA) in case of discrepancy results. The ADV assists the Togolese authorities in collecting the correct amount of import duties and taxes for the shipment.
Type of Report Issued to Seller:
Attested final invoice (including security label if applicable). Used for presentation by the exporter to the Negotiating Bank.
Inspection fees are paid by the Government, no fees to be paid by the exporter.
Goods Prohibited from Import:
- Drugs/ Narcotics
- To fight against counterfeited goods, Customs require an import license or company approval for all imported pharmaceutical products for the local market or the hinterland
Goods Exempted from Destination Inspection Scheme:
- Imports with a total FOB value below XOF (CFA) 1,500,000 when shipped by air or by sea, and below XOF (CFA) 1,000,000 when shipped by road. (1 EUR = 655.957 XOF (CFA) – fixed change rate).
- Goods exempted:
- Natural and source mineral water
- Live animals
- Plants and floriculture
- Importations which are not paying import taxes (must be declared with an I/I)
- Explosive and pyrotechnic material
- Personal gifts
- Postal parcels
- Check books
- Books, brochures and similar printed material including single printed sheets of paper
- Architectural, engineering, commercial, industrial, topographic or similar plans and drawings
- Cartographic works of all kinds including maps
- Wax prints, African prints, fancy prints and Bazin prints
- Money both legal tender or other
- Personal effects including used personal items
- Used clothes and shoes, bags, belts
- Used vehicles
- Gifts to Government or to NGO (Non Governmental Organisation)
- Objects of art
- Printed and developed cinematographic film
- Journals and periodicals
- Bank notes
- Perishable goods, refrigerated goods such as fish, vegetables and fruits
- Commercial samples
- Arms and ammunitions
- Goods procured following an international tender
- Scrap material
- Goods donated by foreign governments or international organisations or benevolent foundations TOGO – 29 September 2006 COTECNA Inspection S.A. – 4/4
- Goods manufactured (country of origin) in ECOWAS states i,e, CEDEAO in French
- Gold and precious metals
- Hydrocarbons and all petroleum products
- Goods imported by Diplomatic missions and Intenational Organisations and Consulates accredited to Togo.
- Importations which are not paying import takes (must be declared with an I/I)
- Postal and fiscal stamps
- Stamped paper