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Certificate of Conformity for Exports to Ethiopia

In December 2013, the Ethiopian Ministry of Trade established conformity requirements for certain categories of products imported into Ethiopia.

As an internationally recognized inspection and certification company, Cotecna can conduct controls and attest to the conformity of products according to these local norms. Once the conformity of the goods is established, we issue a Certificate of Conformity (COC) needed to clear the shipment at Ethiopian Customs.

In the absence of a valid COC at Customs, the Ethiopian Ministry of Trade will systematically proceed with a local physical inspection, sampling, and laboratory analysis thus creating Customs clearance delays and notable fees for the importer.

Regulated Products

Goods regulated under the Ethiopian Mandatory Standards list include the following categories of products:

  • Metrology and Measurement equipment
  • Environment, Health protection and Safety equipment
  • Electrical products
  • Textile and Leather products
  • Chemical products (Fertilizers, Detergents, Cosmetics)
  • Food products
  • Paper, Rubber and Plastic products
  • Construction material
  • Solar equipment

In case of doubt, please contact us to determine if your products are subject to regulation.

Ethiopia Conformity Assessment Process

Cotecna’s mandate includes the physical inspection, sampling and testing of goods in fully ISO 17025 accredited laboratories. Factory audits may also be carried out to ensure production is compliant with Ethiopian standards.

To assess the conformity of a shipment, the Verification of Conformity process will follow one of the three following routes, depending on the profile of the exporter:

  • Route A for exporters with infrequent shipments
  • Route B for exporters with regular shipments
  • Route C for manufacturers with regular and high volume shipments.
VOC Ethiopia Process

Request a Certification

If you have any questions or would like to receive a quotation for your exports to Ethiopia, please contact us using the form below.

Please note that to receive a quote you will need to provide us with at least the following export documents:


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