Trading across Borders in


Below is a detailed summary of the time and cost associated with the logistical process of exporting and importing goods. Under the new methodology introduced this year, Doing Business measures the time and cost (excluding tariffs) associated with three sets of procedures—documentary compliance, border compliance and domestic transport—within the overall process of exporting or importing a shipment of goods. In addition, the list of documents needed to trade internationally is provided below.

This information was collected as part of the Doing Business project, which measures and compares regulations relevant to the life cycle of a small- to medium-sized domestic business in 190 economies. The most recent round of data collection was completed in June 2016.

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Characteristics Export Import
Product HS 52 : Cotton HS 8708: Parts and accessories of motor vehicles
Trade partner China France
Border Cotonou port Cotonou port
Distance (km) 6 6
Domestic transport time (hours) 3 2
Domestic transport cost (USD) 178 261
Export documents
Commercial invoice
Electronic cargo tracking note (BESC)
Certificate of origin
Export declaration
Single Pay Slip (BFU
Bill of lading
Phytosanitary certificate
Weight certificate
Import documents
Commercial invoice
Certificate of origin
Bill of lading
Electronic cargo tracking note (BESC)
Import declaration
Single Pay Slip (BFU)
Importer identification card