Import processes of Cocoa and Cocoa products

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Tips to importers of Cocoa and Cocoa products

A basic idea about about formalities and procedures to import Cocoa and Cocoa products from other country are explained in this category ‘Import procedures’. These details are given to enlighten importers, a general tips to import goods from overseas countries applicable to almost all countries worldwide. Once after reading these posts about import procedures and import customs clearance procedures, you will have a basic idea about the procedures and formalities on how to import various products from foreign countries. Kindly note, some of the items under this category are prohibited or restricted in some countries. If you are importing any commodity, you need to collect accurate information from necessary government departments of importing country, as the details given in this post provides only a common idea about import of each product.

How to import cocoa preparationsDocumentation and procedures to import Cocoa and Cocoa products

This post provides information on how to import Cocoa and Cocoa products

As you know, under any importation of goods, necessary import documentation and customs clearance procedures at importing country have to be completed as per foreign trade policy of respective importing countries. For importing Cocoa and Cocoa products also, import entry documents along with carriers document (Bill of Lading /Airway bill), commercial invoice, packing list,certificate of origin and other required documents are filed and necessary import procedures are completed to take delivery of imported goods. Nowadays, necessary information is filed online and produce required documents at the time of inspection, assessment or delivery of import of goods at destination customs location.


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What are the special requirements to import Cocoa and Cocoa products

Different countries may have their own requirements to import Cocoa and Cocoa products. The process and formalities to import cereals may differ from one another and in country to country. Also different procedures and formalities to import each items might be different under import of Cocoa and Cocoa products. However, some of the common requirements in major countries are explained below:


Who are responsible government agencies?

In most of the counties, other than respective customs department of importing location, Agriculture department, Animal and Plant Health department, Health department and Food and Drug safety department are the major government agencies involved in importation of Cocoa and Cocoa products.

The international partners of countries share quality measures each other and exempt from multiple inspection on same products both for export and import. However, in most of the developed countries, the export goods from third countries need to be certified at exporting country under agencies at load port and at importing country as per the norms of importing country.

Food safety clearance

Food safety clearance of importing country has to be undergone for any import of Cocoa and Cocoa products. Normally, this procedure is done by drawing sample of imported goods which is sent to respective laboratories for testing purpose. The imported goods are released only after obtaining favorable test report. If such imports are regularly taken place, import shipments are selected randomly for inspection.

Shelf life of import of food products

For the purpose of importing some of the items under Cocoa and Cocoa products, importer should note that shelf life of imported food products should not be less than 60% of original shelf life.

Certificate of Origin

The source of origin of imported Cocoa and Cocoa products is required in almost all countries. So a certificate of origin issued by necessary approved authorities at exporting country is required to import Cocoa and Cocoa products. Certificate of origin helps to determine origin of imported goods to avail exemption on import duties and other procedures based on different agreement between countries under their foreign trade policy.

Prior notice to importing country.

In some countries, prior notice regarding import of Cocoa and Cocoa products has to be filed before arrival of goods in entry port of importing country. In US, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible the government authority to notify such prior notice on import of food products.

Import of Cocoa and Cocoa products for personal consumption and trading.

Import of Cocoa and Cocoa products in small quantities for personal use when travelling can be effected without major inspection and other formalities in importing country. However such import of Cocoa and Cocoa products for personal use (not for trading) must be free from signs of diseases. The procedures and process to import Cocoa and Cocoa products for trading requires more documentation and inspection formalities.

Labeling requirements to import Cocoa and Cocoa products

Necessary labeling requirements are to be followed in some of the importing countries when importing Cocoa and Cocoa products.

Penalization on violation of foreign trade policy

If any of the imported Cocoa and Cocoa products are found without following necessary norms of importing country, such imported Cocoa and Cocoa products have to be destroyed or to be removed out of importing country. Such non compliant imported Cocoa and Cocoa products are also fined, apart from destruction or return to origin country.


In this article, the documentation, process and formalities to import Cocoa and Cocoa products are explained. As explained above, these information is generally applicable for all countries Cocoa and Cocoa products. These details on how to import Cocoa and Cocoa products are given to provide a basic idea to bring vegetables from foreign country. Specific requirements for each importing country need to be followed by importers and exporters of Cocoa and Cocoa products.

I hope, the above information helps you in gaining basic knowledge on documentation,procedures and formalities in importation of Cocoa and Cocoa products.


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