Certificate of Conformity for Exports to Ethiopia

Cotecna is authorised by the Ethiopian Ministry of Trade to issue a Certificate of Conformity for exports of regulated products to Ethiopia.

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

We are an internationally recognised inspection and certification company. The Ethiopian government relies on us to conduct controls and attest the conformity of products according to local norms. Once the conformity of the goods is established, we issue the 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 which creates delays clearing customs and additional 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 is a trusted partner to the Ethiopian government. Our mandate covers the physical inspection, sampling and testing of goods at laboratories accredited as per ISO 17025. We can also conduct factory audits to ensure production is compliant with Ethiopian standards.

To assess the conformity of a shipment, the verification of conformity process will take 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 shipment

Ethiopia Conformity Assessment Process


Request a Certification

To learn more about our verification of conformity programmes, or to request a Certificate of Conformity (COC) for your shipment, please download our VOC contact list mentioned above.

Please note that to receive a quote you will need to have at least the following export documents ready:

  • Request for Certification – RFC (available above)
  • Pro forma or commercial invoice

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