ECTN is another form a waiver document and stands for Electronic Cargo Tracking Note. You may have heard about Bordereau de Suivi Cargaison (BSC) or Loading Certificate that is exactly the same as the ECTN document.

These waiver certificates are an official marine document that contains information relating to the cargo and its movement between ports. Certain African countries require this from shippers with an aim to effectively control, supervise and manage import/export traffic of the country. Each ECTN must be applied and validated at the loading port and are fundamental for the import customs clearance upon arrival. Cargoes not covered by a valid ECTN will be blocked by the local Customs until the presentation of the final ECTN and appropriate fine will be charged

Waiver documents have full details of the exporter/ importer, shipping method (containerized, groupage, etc), type and value of goods being transported, name of vessel and cost of freight for the shipment. These waivers are dealt with by the importer or exporter and must be filed before the cargo arrives at its port of discharge. The timeframe and duration devoted to getting the certificate validated vary immensely. We advise you to consult with our agents to find out what is the deadline for applying the CTN certificate of your discharge country. Your shipment will be penalized and ECTN will not be issued if you miss the certification deadline.

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ECTN application

In order to file for ECTN application we need the following documents:

  • Bill of Lading
  • Commercial Invoice
  • Export Entry Bill

Of course, some Country CTN authorities ask for additional supporting documents that will be advised to you during the ECTN application consultation.

ECTN application must be submitted if you are planning cargo types of Container, Bulk, Mafi, RORO (of a certain age).

Countries requiring ECTN

Since ECTN is the same certificate as other loading certificates it is generally applicable for all countries listed below. By clicking on the specific country you can learn more about the requirements:

ECTN: Republic of Chad  Togo  Guinea Conakry  Libya  Central African Republic  Republic of Congo  Burkina Faso  BurundiEquatorial Guinea

CTN: GhanaLiberiaSierra Leone South Sudan

BESC: BeninCameroon

BSC: Ivory Coast  Senegal  Niger  Madagascar  Mali

FERI: Democratic Republic of Congo

CNCA: Angola

BEITC: Gabon

CEE: Guinea Bissau