Trade is critical to Somalia’s future, and a driving force for economic growth. An enabling environment for trading is one that allows faster, fairer, more predictable, and transparent processing and clearance of imports and exports—all at the lowest cost to the traders. Somalia Trade Information Portal is a part of Somalia’s Trade Facilitation Programme under the auspices of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MOCI).

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Information on trade, including laws and regulations, measures, standards, procedures, process maps, guidance notes, fees, forms, licenses and permit and customs tariff (organized by HS Code) as well as duty, fees, taxes, levies and applicable penalties in case of a breach.

Information on measures comprising of licensing and permit requirements, technical conformity standards, certification requirements and generally any form of authorization, inspection, verification, or other forms of control concerning export, import, and transit.

Information on procedures required when applying for licenses, permits, border clearance or other regulatory obligations relating to export, import or transit of goods and means of transport and Forms (application forms, licenses, permits, etc.) relating to procedures.

Information relating to international, regional and bilateral trade agreements to which Somalia is a party, including the applicable rules, regulations and requirements and the opportunities for Somalia on a product by product basis.




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Ease of doing business (Business registration)
Ease of doing business (Business registration)

Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI) implemented the online business registration system (https://ebusiness.gov.so). The system is automated and offers business registration and licensing services and it is a groundbreaking and innovative project for the government e-services; this will improve the time and streamline the procedures for the business people to start enterprises. The aim of this new system is to enable entrepreneurs to register their business within one day using an online platform....Read

Supported by IFC, Somalia Launches Trade Information Portal to Boost Cross-border Trade
Supported by IFC, Somalia Launches Trade Information Portal to Boost Cross-border Trade

To facilitate cross-border trade and provide more transparent trade information for businesses, Somalia's Ministry of Commerce and Industry, supported by IFC, today launched a trade information portal to lower costs and simplify trade procedures for Somali importers and exporters. The portal, found at www.stip.gov.co, provides a single source for all cross-border trade information. Over 90 laws, regulations, procedures, and other trade-related measures from over a dozen government agencies can now be accessed online. Businesses can also access licenses, permits, and applicable fees. ...Read


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Minister of Commerce and Industry meets with representative from International Trade Centre
Minister of Commerce and Industry meets with representative from International Trade Centre

The Minister of Trade and Industry of the Federal Government of Somalia, HE Jibril Abdirashid Haji, had a meeting with a representative from the (ITC) International Trade Center in Japan, where they discussed the strengthening of bilateral relations and the expansion of the Digital Skills project for youth employment....Read


Somalia: Puntland state port is getting a revamp - this is key to its future
Somalia: Puntland state port is getting a revamp - this is key to its future

The port city of Bosaso, located at the north-eastern corner of Somalia, provides a striking example of the interlinkage between security and infrastructure. The city benefited from the civil war that ravaged the southern parts of Somalia in the 1990s and 2000s. It developed into a booming trade centre. But increased violence in Bosaso has negatively affected international trade in the last decade. Security improvements and the recovery of other ports in Somalia and Somaliland have provided alternatives....Read


Somalia and Uganda Officially Signed MOU for Bilateral Trade Cooperation
Somalia and Uganda Officially Signed MOU for Bilateral Trade Cooperation

The newly appointed Minister of Commerce and Industry of Federal Republic of Somalia H.E. Hon. Jibril Abdirashid Haji Abdi as part of the president Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud’s state visit to Uganda on 9th August 2022 has officially signed a MOU of bilateral trade cooperation between Somalia & Uganda with his counterpart Hon. Mwebesa Francis in Kampala....Read


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