Regulatory customs changes

The exportation or importation of goods to a country need to match
the customs obligations and strict regulations.
These procedures evolve regularly.
Our customs experts are on a constant regulatory watch and provide you with the updates.

Incoterms 2010 rules are currently being revised to make them easier to understand and use.

Since their first publication in 1936, they are regularly revised by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) to respond to the market changes.

Fake information has appeared on the internet, like the removal of the EXW Incoterm. The French branch of ICC confirmed that these rumours are based on unfounded speculation.

The new Incoterms Rules will be officially released in September 2019 and come to effect in January 2020.

Since march 1st, 2019, the Containe Tracking Note (CTN) became mandatory for all shipment to Senegal.
Each container must be registered by a CTN number indicated in the loading instructions.

It is still possible to establish the CTN via the COSEC.
The CTN number must be sent to us the latest 24 hours after boarding of the container. After this date, a correction of the B/L and the manifest will have to be done. The expenses for correction  will be identically invoiced  according to the shipping company prices.

In the absence of the CTN or a non-valid number on the B/L and cargo manifest is liable to a fine of 152 euros and additional costs.

The Groupe RDt can establish the document on your behalf.

Since July 2018, the Government of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) has introduced a Verification of Conformity program for all exports entering the country…

Each invoice with a value higher than 1525€ will have to be controlled before shipment. Exporters/Importers trading with the Ivory Coast will need to comply with these requirements of the Verification of Conformity Program in order for their goods to clear Customs at destination.

Service providers authorized to carry out this verification of conformity:

  • VERITAS Inspection Valuation Assessment and Control (BIVAC BV);
  • COTECNA Inspection;
  • Intertek International Limited;
  • Société Générale de Surveillance (SGS).

After the control, a Certificate of Conformity is issued certifying that the products comply with the relevant technical regulations, national, regional and international standards.
Any shipment arriving without the Certificate of Conformity will be rejected and penalties applied (50% of the value of the goods and destruction).
Some good are not concerned by this regulation

Read the decree and the list of non-concerned products (in French)

Since 1 January, 2017, customs procedures are evolving regarding exchanges with beneficiary countries of the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) of the EU.

The Registered Exporter System (REX) has been progressively replacing the current system of origin certification based on certificates of origin issued by governmental authorities and will become the norm, which implies:

  • The progressive discontinuation of the certifications of origin EUR.1 and FORM A from December 31, 2017.
  • The mandatory registration of every exporter in order to obtain the legal status “Registered Exporter”(EE) and to receive a REX identification number.

Download the information sheet about the new regulation

Téléchargez le guide de la téléprocédure d’enregistrement

The international convention about Safety On Life At Sea (SOLAS) decrees, and this starting from 1st July 2016, the declaration of gross weight of containers by the loaders to the shipping companies.

The loaders/exporters take the responsibility to produce the real of gross weight of exported goods, called “Verified Gross Mass” VGM.

Information we, forwarders, have to convey to the shipping companies before boarding of all export containers EXPORT.

You will find enclosed the Ministerial decree of 28th April 2016 published on 28th May 2016 which fix the rules of application for France, as well as two models (in French and in English) of the VGM declaration of shipment:

Download the Ministerial decree (french)

1st model : the case of Full Container Load (FCL)

2nd model : the case of Less than a Container Load (LCL)