This report is an annual update of the food and feed regulations and governmental enforcement mechanisms and bodies in Senegal. It includes references to the Codex Alimentarius system in Senegal as we
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Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards -
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Joani Dong, Regional Agricultural Attaché
Russell Knight, Deputy Regional Agricultural Attaché
Fana Sylla, Agricultural Specialist
This report is an annual update of the food and feed regulations and governmental enforcement
mechanisms and bodies in Senegal. It includes references to the Codex Alimentarius system in Senegal
as well as guidance on import procedures and documentation. On April 2011, Senegal approved 32
standards related to fruits, vegetables and local cereals such as corn and millet. In addition to CODEX
Alimentarius, most of these new standards focus on food safety and labeling
on prepackaged food as well as on food contamination from heavy metals, pesticides residues and
mycotoxins. Information on new standards that could impact U.S. food imports are reported on sections
II, III and VII.
Table of Contents
Section I: Food Laws 3
Section II: Labeling Requirements 5
A. General Requirements 5
B. Requirements Specific to Nutritional Labeling 5
Section III: Packaging and Container Requirements 6
Section IV: Food Additives Regulations 7
Section V: Pesticides and Others Contaminants 7
Section VI: Other Regulations and Requirements 7
Section VII: Other Specific Standards 8
Section VIII. Copyright and/or Trademarks Laws 9
Section IX. Import Procedures 9
Appendix I. Government Regulatory Agency Contacts 12
Appendix II. Other Import Specialist Contacts 13
Disclaimer: This report was prepared by the Office of Agricultural Affairs of the USDA/Foreign
Agricultural Service (FAS) in Dakar, Senegal for U.S. exporters of domestic food and agricultural
products. While every possible care was taken in the preparation of this report, information provided
may not be completely accurate either because policies have changed since its preparation, or because
clear and consistent information about these policies was not available. It is highly recommended that
U.S. exporters verify the full set of import requirements with their foreign customers, who are normally
best equipped to research such matters with local authorities, before any goods are shipped.
FINAL IMPORT APPROVAL OF ANY PRODUCT IS SUBJECT TO THE IMPORTING
COUNTRY'S RULES AND REGULATIONS AS INTERPRETED BY BORDER OFFICIALS AT
THE TIME OF PRODUCT ENTRY.
Section I. Food Laws:
Senegal established the National Committee for International Trade Negotiations (CNNCI) in 2002 as
the governmental body in charge of consultation and coordination between the government, the private
sector and consumer associations on all matters concerning implementation of bilateral, regional and
multilateral trade agreements including those involving the import of food. The CNNCI is chaired by
the Minister for Trade while the Directorate of Foreign Trade provides the permanent Secretariat. It is
divided into six subcommittees including the Subcommittee on Trade in Agricultural Products, where
SPS measures are discussed, coordinated and monitored.
Senegal adheres to the CODEX Alimentarius and has a National Codex Committee responsible for
representing Senegal at Codex negotiations, advising and sensitizing government and private sector
standards users on Codex food safety standards and their applications, and initiate and oversee research
and surveys on various food safety issues and standards setting. The National Codex Committee is
chaired by the Service of Food and Nutrition of the Ministry of Health and is composed of
representatives from the Ministries of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Environment, Fisheries, and
Trade, the Senegalese Standards Association (ASN), and several research institutions as Food
Technology Institute (ITA), university scientists involved in food safety applications, private sector,
professional and consumers organizations.
The application of regulations regarding food safety, phytosanitary measures, the protection of animal
and plant health, and risk assessment procedures and decisions is under the responsibility of the
Directorate of Domestic Trade, the Senegalese Standards Association (ASN) and the Directorate of
The Ministry of Trade is the Government of Senegal‟s regulatory body responsible for product
manufacturing, importation, and exportation. The Directorate of Domestic Trade, under the Ministry of
Trade, is primarily responsible for enforcement of food safety regulation. The Directorate manages a
well equipped laboratory where samples of imported food products are tested and analyzed.
The Senegalese Standards Association is responsible for standardization and for the national system of
certification of conformity with standards. It develops and manages food and phytosanitary standards,
provides information, raises awareness and organizes training for industries, distributors, consumers
and government officials in food quality requirements, and methods and procedures to abide by these
requirements. It is responsible for centralizing all documentation on standards.
The Directorate of Plant Protection (DPV) through its Division of Phytosanitary and Quality Control is
responsible for enforcing application of measures and standards related to plant protection, pest control
and prevention of plant quarantine diseases. The Directorate of Plant Protection provides control
services at the port and airports for all plants and seeds materials entering the country. Other
government services are also involved in the enforcement of food quality standards. These include the
Directorate of Animal Husbandry for Animal Products, the Directorate of Oceanography and Fisheries
for Fish and Seafood Products, and the National Hygiene Service in relation with the Division of
Consumption and Quality of the Ministry of Trade for the control of hygiene and the protection of
Government and private entities involved in food safety assessments include the Senegalese
Agricultural Research Institute (ISRA)  Veterinary and Animal Health National Laboratory, the
Food Technology Institute (ITA), and the laboratory of the Pasteur Institute.
The primary food safety laws are the following:
Law 66-48 of May 1966  , which sets the main regulations for the control of food safety. The
scope of this law has been extended with Laws 68-507 and 68-508. The first law specifies the
conditions for controlling imports and measures for the use of food products. The second sets the
procedures for the control, sampling, risk assessment, seizure, and repression of frauds.
This law is completed by more specific application decrees issued by various ministerial
authorities depending on their respective areas and scope of responsibilities. These decrees
include the Decree 60-121 SG regulating phytosanitary measures applied to plants and parts of
plants entering or exiting Senegal; the Decree 99-259 regulating the quality control of
horticultural products; the Decree 69-891 for the control of the quality of milk and other dairy
products; the Decree 89-543 regulating the sanitary and hygiene inspection of animal products
used for meat production, meat and meat byproducts; and the Decree 62-132 regulating fish and
seafood; The Decree 2009-872, signed in September 2009, makes it mandatory for wheat flour
and vegetable oils imported or produced locally to be fortified with micronutrients in order to
address nutrient deficiencies among the citizenry: iron and folic acid for wheat flour and vitamin
A for vegetable oil.
The 2009 updated standard (NS 03-072) specifies that the fatty acid content of consumable refined
palm oils enriched with vitamin A must not exceed 30 percent. This is still in effect despite the request
from the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) to remove it due a lack of sufficient
scientific based data.
ISRA: French acronym of the Senegalese Agricultural Research Institute
 The first Senegalese food safety laws are basically referenced to the French food safety laws. Application decrees, which
are more recent make reference to the domestic context and international treaties and convention to which Senegal is
Section II. Labeling Requirements:
A. General Requirements
Senegal‟s labeling requirements are based on the Codex General Standard for Labeling of Prepackaged
Foods adopted by the Codex Alimentarius and revised in 1991 (Codex Stan 1-1985 (Rev.1-1991). It is
applicable to all prepackaged foods to be offered as such to the consumer or for catering purposes and to
certain aspects related to the presentation. Such products must be marked in French with the following
Name and address of the manufacturer or its local distributor or importer
Name of the food, list of ingredients, product designation, net contents and drained weight
Country of origin
Instructions for use
Product manufacture date specified by the day, the month and the year
Expiration date marked in the same manner as the date of manufacture, preceded by “Best
Before” notice: “A Consumer de Preference Avant le DD/MM/YY”.; and the ingredients. Please
note that the dating format follows European norms; DD/MM/YY.
B. Requirements Specific to Nutritional Labeling
Special requirements are set for some commodities. For instance, milk powder labels should specify if
the product is “whole milk powder,” “partially creamed milk powder,” or “creamed milk powder.” If
sugar is added to the product, the word “sweet” must be placed right next to the name of the product. If
the raw milk is not cow milk, the animal species must be specified following the name of the product.
This also applies to milk powder of vegetable origin. Other mandatory inscriptions are the name,
status, brand and address of the manufacturer or importer; the net weight (according to the International
System), the date of manufacture, the number of the lot; and the proportion of water, fats, and sugar; the
presence of emulsifiers; and the directions for use for milk powder products directly consumed.
Labels for processed milk products and pasteurized milk must indicate, in addition to general
requirements, the expiration date and the storage temperature or the comment “Keep Cold.” The
storage temperature for pasteurized milk ranges from 0 to +10 degrees Celsius. The labels for
pasteurized butter should indicate the packaging date, and the words “half salted” or “salted” could be
added to the commercial name. Refrigerated butter should be stored not more than three weeks at
temperatures ranging from 0 to +6 degrees C, and for frozen pasteurized butter for six months at
temperatures equal or lower than -14 degrees C.
For poultry meat products, the labels must indicate freezing or deep-freezing dates. The labels of whole,
half or quarter beef products should mention the following specifications: Frozen meat; “de-frozen” for
retailed parts from previously frozen meat products; For sliced and processed meat, if not for direct
retail sale, the label must mention the processing date, and if for direct retail sale, the label must indicate
the net weight and expiration date.
Article 32 and 37 of the Senegalese Biosafety Law promulgated in July 2009 by the President of Senegal
in July 2009 states that any Genetically Modified Organism or its by-products intended to be directly
used for the human and animal food, to be transformed, or to be introduced into the environment or in
the market on the national territory must be packed and labeled in indelible and non-falsifiable ways to
insure protection of ethical and cultural values, avoid risks to the environment, the human and animal
health. Those products must be packed and labeled by the producer or the sender and mention
“Produced with Genetically Modified Organisms” or “Contains Genetically Modified Organisms,” by
conforming to other additional standards defined by the Competent National Authority, in dialogue with
the other concerned administrations. However the Biosafety Law has not yet been implemented.
Additional labeling requirements approved in April 2011:
For dried legumes, the name of the product should be the same as the commercial variety.
Corn products should be labeled as follow: “maïs” for corn, “maïs doux” for sweet corn, and
“farine de maïs” for corn flour. In addition, sweet corn grains should be homogenous having the
same origin, variety and /or commercial type, quality, and caliber.
For wholesale purposes, the product name, batch identification, name and address of the
producer or packager should be labeled on the container. It could be replaced by an
identification brand name if it is easily identified on the accompanying documents. Products
should be manipulated and processed according to food safety standards recommended by
Section III. Packaging and Container Regulations:
Food products exported to Senegal should be packed with materials resistant to tropical weather (heat,
high moisture), and poor handling. Thin cardboard or plywood materials are not recommended. In
general, packages should be sturdily manufactured, and, depending on the type of product, banded on
the outside with steel strapping.
Specific packaging requirements apply to a few commodities. For instance:
Milk powder: 5 paper layer bags, including 1 craft doubled with a 0.1 mm thick polyethylene
layer; or tinned white iron; or aluminum bag doubled with polyethylene. All these types of
materials should prevent any contamination.
Pasteurized milk and other processed milk products: for fresh milk, use more than 1 liter pack,
and for processed pasteurized milk, packages could be 1 liter, half liter or quarter liter.
Pasteurized butter should be mechanically packed in boxes, cardboard boxes covered with
paraffin, or wrapped with a polyethylene film and a sealed cardboard.
According to the April 2011 standards, products should be packed in containers that will
preserve hygienic, technological and organoleptic quality. In addition, containers and packaging
materials must be made of materials which are safe and suitable for use to what it is intended.
They should not transmit any toxic substance or undesirable odor or flavor. The bags must be
clean, sturdy and strongly sewn or sealed.
Other specific standards exist for the packaging of various food products and are made available to the
public through the Senegalese Standardization Association –ASN.
Section IV. Food Additives Regulations:
ASN has issued standards for cooking salt (NS 03-017), iodinated cooking salt (NS 03-037), and other
standards to determine requirements in terms of iodine content in cooking salt. In 2008, Senegal had
standards for adding nutritious elements to food (NS 03-08), including iron and folic acid in bread flour,
and Vitamin A in vegetable oils. For other food additives, Senegal relies on standards validated and
applied in the export country or on the Codex General Standards for Food Standards (Stan 195-1995).
Section V. Pesticides and Other Contaminants:
Senegal applies sanitary control measures in conformity with the Phytosanitary Convention for Sub-
Saharan Africa and Prescriptions of the Sahel Pesticides Committee. For more information on
authorized pesticides, see http://www.insah.org/protectiondesvegetaux/csp/index.html and click on
“pesticides autorisés.” Senegal also applies Codex Alimentarius pesticide residue standards and a few
specific national standards (see sections IV and section VII) for the assessment of food safety. The
Directorate of Plant Protection (DPV) performs these assessments on the basis of which food imports
are authorized. A phytosanitary certificate is required for all plant imports. Quarantine is allowed only
in sites approved by the Inter-African Phytosanitary Council. The sale or distribution of agro-
pharmaceuticals not approved by the relevant government services (Agricultural Services or Animal
Health Services) is banned. Pesticides to be commercialized in Senegal for use in food processing and
treatment must be registered and accepted by DPV which maintains a list of approved, restricted and
Section VI. Other Regulations and Requirements:
Food products that enter Senegal‟s market are submitted to phytosanitary inspections by the Laboratory
of the Directorate of Domestic Trade. These tests are conducted on four samples selected randomly
from the shipment, but they do not preclude the importer from pursuing the registration approval
process. The local agent or importer should receive the bill of lading and phytosanitary clearance
documents prior to shipment. Sanitary control measures are in conformity with the Phytosanitary
Convention for Sub-Saharan Africa and Prescriptions of the Sahel Pesticides Committee (see GAIN
Report SG7007). At present, there is no regulatory system and institution in place for the approval and
control of imports of biotech food products.
Specifically, exporting documents required in Senegal include the following:
Two copies of the commercial invoices, which indicate the identity and contacts of exporter and
the importer; a complete description of the merchandise, its weight and quantity, and CIF value;
and a complete description of the merchandise. The invoice should in French or issued with a
certified French translation.
A Pro Forma Invoice containing the aforementioned information
A Certificate of Origin provided by the importer, specifying the quantity, quality and prices of
the products subject to customs duties. COTECNA, a Swiss private company, is assigned to
determine the value of the shipment, on the basis of which customs fees are determined. U.S.
exporters are urged to contact COTECNA‟s U.S. office at www.cotecna.com for further
A certificate of conformity from the country of origin for import food products in accordance
with Circular No. 472/MCA/DCE and Circular No. 1073/MC/DCE/DCORF.
Section VII. Other Specific Standards:
Other standards that could impact food imports, include:
NS 03-029 on milled rice
NS 03-036 on tomato concentrate
NS 03-010 on animal feed nutritional requirements
NS 03-052 on wheat Flour enriched in iron and folic acid (new)
NS 03-060 on edible vegetable oils`
NS 03-005 on the transportation of meat products
NS 03-014 on poultry meat preparations and trading requirements
NS 03-006 on meat conservation through freezing
NS 03-072 on edible palm oil enriched in vitamin A and revised NS 03-072
NS 03-073 on edible cotton oil enriched in vitamin A
NS 03-074 on edible palmist oil enriched in vitamin A
NS 03-075 on edible peanut oil enriched in vitamin A
NS 03-076 on edible sesame oil enriched in vitamin A
NS 03-077 on edible sunflower oil enriched in vitamin A
NS 03-078 on edible colza oil enriched in vitamin A
NS 03-079 on edible corn oil enriched in vitamin A
NS 03-080 on edible soya oil enriched in vitamin A
 On 27 February 2008, Cotecna Inspection S.A signed a new exclusive inspection contract with the Government of
Senegal. Within this new contract that started on 1st March 2008, Cotecna will provide Pre-Shipment Inspection and
Destination Inspection including Scanners and Risk Management* as well as Transit Monitoring** services.
Below are six additional standards approved in April 2011:
NS 03-092 on fruit juice and nectar
NS 03-094 on corn
NS 03-096 on nectar on Guava, baobab fruit, „Ditax”, mango
NS 03-105 on flour corn
NS 03-108 on garlic
NS 03-109 on sweet corn
Detailed information and guidance on these standards and their applications can be provided by the
ASN upon request. Food safety, labeling, packaging, and contaminants were emphasized. Heavy
metals are not allowed in quantity that can have impact on human health, Maximum Residue Limits and
mycotoxins should conform to the Codex standards for each product.
In 2012, ASN aims to revise standards on dairy products and fisheries.
Section VIII. Copyright and/or Trademark Laws:
Senegal is a member of World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and has signed the WIPO
Singapore Treaty on the Law of Trademarks in March 2006. Senegal has also acceded to the Paris
Industrial Property Convention in 1963, the Hague Deposit of Industrial Designs Convention in 1984,
and the WIPO Copyright Treaty in 2002. Senegal is also member of the African Intellectual Property
In Senegal, the government body responsible for the supervision of industrial and intellectual property
rights is the Ministry of Industries through the Industrial Property and Technology Service.
Trademarks, industrial designs and patents are regulated by specific national legislations referring to the
Banjul Agreement on Trademarks, Patents and Industrial Designs of 1997, revised in 1999.
Senegal has also signed the Universal Copyright Convention which entered into effect in July 1974.
Copyrights and related rights are supervised by the Ministry in charge of Culture through the Copyright
Office of Senegal (BSDA), and regulated through the Law No. 73-52.
Section IX. Import Procedures:
As is true in most cases, the best way to navigate the import clearance process in Senegal is to develop
good communications and relations with the importer who has significant experience in the process
summarized below. Import procedures include the following (See GAIN Report SG7005):
The importer or local agent deposits a Preliminary Import Declaration seven days before
shipping imported goods when the value of the merchandise is equal or greater than $2,000.
An approval of the Preliminary Import Declaration is obtained from the Division of Consumption
and Quality of the Ministry of Commerce after submitting three copies of the Pro Forma Bills of
Lading with the declaration. The Preliminary Import Declaration is valid for six months and can
be extended for three months. This must be cancelled and reissued if the supplier change, the
value of the order increased by more than ten percent, or if there is a modification in the quantity
of the order.
Any FOB import value equal to or greater in value than CFA three million ($6,000) must be
inspected by a U.S. pre-shipment inspection company before the shipment. This company must
present a clear report of findings; and issue a Pre-Shipment Inspection Certificate (PSI). Note
that PSI is not required for the following products: live animals; perishable goods for human
consumption neither frozen, nor deep frozen (meat, fish, vegetables and fruit);plants and flowers;
Cereals imported or approved by the public sector; and any imports with a total order FOB value
equal to or below CFA 3 million.
Goods imported for re-export are subject to a temporary admission system and are not assessed for
customs duties. However, customs officials may decide to spot-check as this system is sometimes
The following chart describes the documentation flow for imports:
Importer/Agent: receives invoices from exporter, provides
proof of financial capacity (irrevocable letter of credit or other
guarantee), fills out preliminary import declaration forms for
approval by the division of consumption and quality, receives
necessary import license, and provides certificate of origin.
Exporter: sends invoices and bill of lading, receives
notification of letter of credit, and ships merchandise.
Files for phytosanitary inspection documentation (Directorate of Plant Protection) and Customs
clearance (Private Duties Evaluation Assignee, Customs Services), arranges for warehousing,
transportation and distribution.
Payment can be made by wire transfer, check, cash or any other legal methods agreed upon by parties
involved in the transaction. Most suppliers demand 50 percent down payment at the time of order and
the remaining half after delivery. Some require advance payment. Payments by government clients
may be delayed. Normally, payments are made within 30 to 60 days. Any payment for imported goods
greater in value than CFA one million ($2,000) must be made through an approved Senegalese bank or
Several private customs and transit consultant firms are available and can assist your agent or importer
to go through these procedures and therefore reduce cost and speed up administrative authorizations.
Appendix I. Government Regulatory Agency Contacts:
Direction du Commerce Intérieur (Directorate of Internal Trade)
Ministry of Commerce
Rue Parchappe X Beranger Ferraud, Dakar, Senegal
Tel: +221 – 33 822 45 59
Fax: +221 – 33 821 98 90
Website: Not available
Direction du Commerce Extérieur (Directorate of External Trade)
Ministry of Commerce
Tel: +221 – 33 820 4494
Fax: +221 – 33 829 9495
Email: Not available
Website: Not available
Association Sénégalaise de Normalisation (ASN) – Senegalese Standards Association
21 Lotissement Front de Terre x Bourguiba
BP 4037 Dakar, Sénégal
Tel: +221 – 33 827 6401
Fax: +221 – 33 827 6412
Direction de la Protection des Végétaux (Directorate of Plant Protection)
Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Development
Km 15, Route de Rufisque,
BP 20054, Thiaroye- Dakar, Sénégal
Tel: +221 – 33 834 0397
Fax: +221 – 33 834 28 54 / 33 853 2252
Website: Not available
Industrial Property and Technology Service
Ministry of Industry and Handicrafts
104 Rue Carnot
BP 4037 Dakar, Senegal
Tel: +221 – 33 822 0449 / 33 889 5713
Fax: +221 – 33 823 1404 / 33 822 5594
Email: Not available
Website: Not available
Senegalese Copyright Office (BSDA)
Ministry of Culture
44, Rue Jules Ferry
BP 126, Dakar
Tel: +221 – 33 889 01 86
Fax: +221 – 33 822 2459
Website: Not available
Appendix II. Other Import Specialist Contacts:
TRADE POINT SENEGAL (Import information and requirements)
Km 2,5 Boulevard du Centenaire de la Commune de Dakar
BP: 21674 Dakar Ponty
Tel: (221) 33 839 73 73
Fax: (221) 33 839 73 90
Email : email@example.com
Institut de Technologie Alimentaire (Food Technology Institute – testing of food quality)
Route des Pères Maristes - Dakar Hann - Sénégal
Tel. +221 33 859 0707
Fax. +221 33 832 82 95
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
ISRA, Laboratoire National d'Elevage et de Recherche Vétérinaire (Animal Production and Veterinary
Research Laboratory – testing of quality of animal food products and animal feed)
B.P 2057 Dakar-Hann, Sénégal
Tel : 221 33 832 3678
Fax : 221 33 832 3679
Email: Not available
Institut Pasteur of Dakar (Food safety and quality testing)
36, Avenue Pasteur
B.P. 220 - DAKAR
Tél. : + 221 33 839 92 00
Fax : + 221 33 839 92 10