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ECOWAS Trade Liberalization Scheme (ETLS)

ECOWAS Trade Liberalization Scheme (ETLS) is a trade instrument designed by the Regional Economic Community. It is administered by the ECOWAS Commission through member’s states National Units to encourage duty-free trade between ECOWAS countries. The scheme offers unhindered market access to the fifteen member countries and promotes economic relations within the sub-region. Countries covered in ECOWAS include: Nigeria, Ghana, Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo,  Burkina Faso, Cape Verde.

 

 

Your benefits

Being a member of ECOWAS, all Nigerian exporters can benefit from the regional Trade agreements . The ETLS guarantees free movement of goods and persons between member countries.

For all products covered under the ETLS it means that you are granted with concessions like:

  • No quantitative restrictions
  • Total exemption from import duties and taxes
  • Non-payment of compensation for loss of revenue for items (i) and (ii) as a result of their importation

 

 

Regulations

To qualify for admission into the ETLS such products must originate from the ECOWAS region. The following are the three criteria for admission of products into the scheme.

  • At least 60% local content of products
  • At least 30% value addition for products
  • Change of tariff headings (reflected in HS-code)

 

 

Approval procedure

To get approval for the ETLS, you must fill  an application form. Below are the required documents .

  • Certificate of Incorporation
  • NAFDAC / SON product registration certificate
  • NEPC Exporters’ certificate
  • Evidence of registration with MAN
  • Evidence of registration with NACCIMA

 

Your application letter with the completed application form and attached documents should be submitted to:

The Honourable Minister

Ministry of Foreign Affairs,

Tafawa Balewa House,

Central Business Area, Abuja.

 

The full application will be presented to the National Approvals Committee. When the application is approved, you will be notified by the Ministry and get the corresponding certificate.

ETLS

Check out the ECOWAS Trade Liberalization Scheme website for:
  • additional background information
  • complete explanation on procedure
  • database of approved products
  • details of member countries