Burkina Faso ECTN

ECTN is a mandatory document for Burkina Faso

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    What is Burkina Faso ECTN?

    ECTN is a mandatory loading document for all shipments to Burkina Faso. It is also known as BSC.

    It was determined as a regulation in 2001 by the Burkina Faso Customs Officials. Failing to present the ECTN document will lead to severe consequences and a hefty fine.


    According to this law, every cargo purchased from abroad and transported for commercial, business, in some cases, diplomatic and personal purposes require a Loading Certificate called ECTN – Electronic Cargo Tracking Note.

    The shipper or the freight forwarder is responsible for acquiring the ECTN waiver certificate from the authorized representative.

    • Bill of Lading – A draft copy can be used for the draft.
    • Commercial Invoice
    • Freight Invoice – It is necessary if the freight cost isn’t on the commercial invoice.
    Sample Burkina Faso ECTN/URN Certificate
    A sample Burkina Faso ECTN / URN Certificate
    • According to Burkina Faso Customs regulations, all cargo to Burkina Faso must be accompanied by an ECTN certificate.
    • The ECTN certificate must be validated five days before the vessel arrives at the latest.
    • Shipments that arrive without ECTN or with false information on the ECTN certificate may result in substantial consequences.

    FAQs related to Burkina Faso ECTN Certificate

    What is CTN?

    CTN is another form of waiver document and stands for Cargo Tracking Note. You may have heard about Bordereau de Suivi Cargaison (BSC) or Loading Certificate, which is the same as the CTN document.

    These waiver certificates are official marine documents containing information about the cargo and its movement between ports. Certain African countries require this from shippers intending to effectively control, supervise and manage import/export traffic of the country.

    Each CTN must be applied and validated at the loading port and are fundamental for the import customs clearance upon arrival. The local Customs will block cargoes not covered by a valid CTN until the presentation of the final CTN, and an appropriate fine will be charged.

    If my shipment is in transit through Ghana to Burkina Faso, do I need to obtain ECTN?

    A shipment to Burkina Faso in transit through Ghana only needs to get a Burkina Faso ECTN certificate due to the suspension of the Ghana ECTN.

    Can I use the same ECTN number for various shipments?

    No, ECTN is unique and reserved only for one shipment. Every shipment must have a validated ECTN number.

    Is it mandatory to mention the Burkina ECTN number on the Bill of Lading?

    Yes. The Burkina Faso ECTN certificate number must be shown on the Bill of Lading.

    Can get a Burkina Faso ECTN certificate online in Singapore?

    The process of obtaining an ECTN certificate is completed online no matter which country you are located in and which country certificate you require.

    Do I need to get ECTN if the shipment is in transit through Ivory Coast to Burkina Faso?

    A shipment to Burkina Faso in transit through Ivory Coast only needs to get a Burkina Faso ECTN certificate.

    General FAQs

    What is GetCTN?

    GetCTN is an independent consulting firm that helps clients obtain CTN certificates in many African countries. It is an international company with offices in the USA, UK, and UAE, and its sole business is CTN certification; it is not a freight forwarder, importer, or exporter.

    How do you ship the hard copy of the certificate?

    The hard copy of the certificate isn’t necessary at all. Instead, the whole process is completed online.

    What is a Bill of Lading

    A bill of lading (BL or BoL) is a legal document issued by a carrier to a shipper that details the type, quantity, and destination of the goods being carried.

    What is Commercial Invoice?

    A commercial invoice is a required document for the export and import clearance process. It is sometimes used for foreign exchange purposes. In the buyer’s country, it is the document their customs officials use to assess import duties and taxes.