How do I get ETLS Approval?

ETLS is ECOWAS Trade Liberalization Scheme. It a scheme drawn up by member states of ECOWAS to eliminate tariff and non-tariff measures that obstruct the free flow of goods in the sub-region.

A manufacturer who wants to export within West African Sub-region and enjoy the benefits of the ETLS must after registering with GEPA, fulfill the following requirements:

  • Obtain an ECOWAS Trade Liberalization Scheme Registration Form GEPA
  • Return the completed forms to GEPA for onward forwarding to the Secretariat in Abuja for approval.

An Exporter registering for the first time is advised to state the names of future products to be produced. If this is not done, the exporter will have to apply for the scheme for each separate product that is produced in future.