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Burkina Faso Customs Information

For information on Burkina Faso Customs Additional Information, Please see the following documents: 

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Burkina Faso Customs Information by Entry Points

Duties and Tax Exemption

For contact information regarding government custom authorities, please follow the link below:

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State service under the Ministry of Economy and Finance, the Directorate General of Customs (DGC) is responsible for implementing and enforcing laws and regulations applicable to the movement of people, goods, transportation and capital at the entrance and exit.These laws and regulations are closely related to the context of international trade liberalization and the evolution of the common policy of the Economic and Monetary Union of West Africa (UEMOA). In this respect the customs carries out three types of missions: a fiscal mission, an economic mission and a mission to protect the interests of the state and citizens

Emergency Response:

[Note: This section contains information which is related and applicable to ‘crisis’ times. These instruments can be applied when an emergency is officially declared by the Government.  When this occurs, there is usually a streamlined process to import goods duty and tax free.]

Agreements / Conventions Description

Ratified by Country?

(Yes / No)

WCO (World Customs Organization) member

Yes

Annex J-5 Revised Kyoto Convention

n/a   

OCHA Model Agreement

n/a

Tampere Convention (on the Provision of Telecommunication Resources for Disaster Mitigation and Relief Operations)

n/a

Regional Agreements (on emergency/disaster response, but also customs unions, regional integration)

n/a

Exemption Regular Regime (Non-Emergency Response)

 

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Organizational Requirements to obtain Duty Free Status

United Nations Agencies

  
1.
  1. A request for exceptional duty is established in duplicate addressed to the Director General of Customs. It is exempt from stamp and must contain the following elements:
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      • references the statutory authority under which the exemption is requested (article 67-246),
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      • the essential characteristics of the goods such as nature, quantity, weight and value,
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      • the serial number issued by the office of clearance,
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      • the number of IFU's organization and the signature of the representative of the country,
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      • receipt/ visa from the Foreign Affairs.
    2. a
    1. A certificate of final destination and support
    3. a
    1. A supplier's invoice or statement of value

    Non Governmental Organizations

      
    1.
    1. A request for exceptional duty is established in duplicate addressed to the Director General of Customs. It is exempt from stamp and must contain the following elements:
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        • references the statutory authority under which the exemption is requested (article 67-246),
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        • the essential characteristics of the goods such as nature, quantity, weight and value,
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        • the serial number issued by the office of clearance,
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        • the number of IFU's organization and the signature of the representative of the country,
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        • receipt/ visa from the Foreign Affairs.
      2. a
      1. A certificate of final destination and support
      3. a
      1. A supplier's invoice or statement of value

      Exemption Certificate Application Procedure

      WFP is an agency within the UN system, shall be exempted from customs duties and taxes for the Importation for official use as well as other UN agencies. With regard to the importation of other products not intended for use by services such as WFP food imports, educational materials for distribution to people, there is provided an exemption from duties and taxes according to a procedure special so-called external financing. This is actually a procedure by which customs duties and taxes are settled in full (including VAT) but supported by the State Budget.

      Exemption Certificate Document Requirements

       

      Duties and Taxes Exemption Certificate Document Requirements (by commodity)

       

      Food

      NFI

      (Shelter, WASH, Education)

      Medicines

      Vehicles

      &

      Spare Parts

      Staff

      & Office Supplies

      Telecoms Equipment

      Invoice

      Yes

      Yes

      Yes

      Yes

      Yes

      Yes

      AWB/BL/Other Transport Documents

      No

      No

      No

      No

      No

      No

      Donation/Non-Commercial Certificates

      Yes

      Yes

      Yes

      Yes

      Yes

      Yes

      Packing Lists

      No

      No

      No

      No

      No

      No

      Other Documents

      n/a

      n/a

      n/a

      n/a

      n/a

      n/a

      Additional Notes

      The exemption request must include the number of care or case number is a number assigned to the Office of the cargo clearance.

      The organization importing medicine should have the autorization from the Ministry of Health

      Customs Clearance

      General Information 

      The following list of document should be addressed to the Custom to process the clearance:

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      Customs Information

      Document Requirements

      n/a

      Embargoes

      None

      Prohibited Items

       Adjuvants used for making bread and containing potassium bromate or ammonium persulfate - Fireworks for entertainment and related - ivory - asbestos

      General Restrictions

      None

      Customs Clearance Document Requirements

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      Customs Clearance Document Requirements (by commodity)

       

      Food

      NFI

      (Shelter, WASH, Education)

      Medicines

      Vehicles

      &

      Spare Parts

      Staff

      & Office Supplies

      Telecoms Equipment

      D&T Exemption Certificate

      Yes

      Yes

      Yes

      Yes

      Yes

      Yes

      AWB/BL/Other Transport Documents

      Yes

      Yes

      Yes

      Yes

      Yes

      Yes

      Donation/Non-Commercial Certificates

      Yes

      Yes

      Yes

      Yes

      Yes

      Yes

      Packing Lists

      Yes

      Yes

      Yes

      Yes

      Yes

      Yes

      Phytosanitary Certificate

      Yes

      No

      No

      No

      No

      No

      Other Documents

      n/a

      n/a

      n/a

      n/a

      n/a

      n/a

      Additional Notes

      Are subject to special import authorization - Wheat flour (with a minimum import of 1000 tonnes) - Sugar (with a minimum import of 2000 tonnes) - Arms and ammunition, - Refrigerators, air conditioners and appliances using Freon.

      The importation of GMO commodities is not prohibited.

       

      Transit Regime

      Transit is lifted from the Bureau of Customs at the entry border of Burkina Faso.
      Excluded escort for containerized cargo, refrigerated trucks, vehicles and heavy machinery, metal products, salt, cement, rice, medicines, personal effects, food expenses, gifts to a state and generally, the convoy reported by a neighboring State of destination (order No. 2009-176/MEF/SG/DGD amend Act No. 2008-053/MEF/SG/DGD 13 March 2008 establishing the escort of transit goods);
      The escort fees range from 10 000 FCFA to 50,000 FCFA along the axes of the country (Memorandum No. 2010-0695/MEF/SG/DGD October 12, 2010).

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      Burkina Faso Customs Information

       

      Note: The information provided in the attached documents, which has been taken from the old DLCA, does not match the structure of the new LCA and is therefore provided separately.

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