Yes. The Togo ports are widely used for transit purposes. They are mainly used for transit shipments to Burkina Faso and Niger, as well as Ghana and Benin, though they have their own ports, in certain cases. Whether the goods discharged at the Togo ports for transit purposes or as a final destination, each shipment must have valid Togo ECTN certificate.Get Pricing
The aim of the CTN is to reduce the risk of unauthorized imports, real-time monitoring of cargoes and reliable assessments of import goods, their shippers, importers, and other details. In the case of Breakbulk shipments, the Cargo Tracking Note also enables Port authorities to better manage the port traffic to berth vessels as quickly as possible and ensures the availability of necessary unloading equipment.Get Pricing
There are cases when BL doesn’t have a port of loading for Break Bulk Shipment. An example would be when fishing companies load their catch from open waters or international waters. The owners of this type of Break Bulk cargoes are still responsible for obtaining CTN cargo.Get Pricing
Even if the SGS number is entered into the application, the number is not printed to the validated BESC certificate. This is not wrong or right, it is just the way Cameroon authorities have formatted the BESC. You can check the draft certificate if the right SGS number is entered.Get Pricing
Yes. Niger BSC validation process is split into two parts. First, the certificate gets pre-validated, where the shipper is provided with the BSC number. Then we require Original Bill of Lading copy with the BSC number so we can validate the certificate.Get Pricing
Yes, we will need the Tax Registration certificate of your company to create BSC Madagascar IDGet Pricing
No, Unfortunately, once validated, the BSC certificate to Madagascar cannot be revised in any way. You will need to explain the reason for the change at the destination customs.Get Pricing
The shipping lines have the right to charge the shipper if any details that must go to the BL is not submitted on time. This charge is called Manifest amendment charge and can range from 100 to 200 EuroGet Pricing
No, Unfortunately, once validated, the BIETC certificate to Gabon cannot be revised in any way.Get Pricing
We couldn’t know the penalty fee you will face if you missed the deadline for BIETC certificate. But there have been cases where exporters faced with a penalty up to $40,000 for 2×40’containers.Get Pricing
Normally a vehicle over 3 years old cannot be exported to Gabon. However, CAT’s are not considered as vehicle bu Gabon authorities, thus we can issue the BIETC certificate for CAT.Get Pricing
Depending on the continent the loading port is located, the Gabon authorities have granted 5 to 15 days within which the BIETC certificate must be validated. The authorities are draconian about this policy. The certificate can not be validated and will be penalized if the certificate is not validated within the allocated time frame:Get Pricing
- 10 calendar days after sailing for shipments with departure Europe
- 5 calendar days after sailing for shipments with departure Africa
- 15 calendar days after sailing for shipments with departure America, Asia and Oceania
Some shipping lines do ask for the BIETC number before you can actually load the goods on to the vessel. We can issue the number with draft BL before vessel discharge.Get Pricing
Yes. Gabon Authorities require BIETC certificate for each HBL in the LCL load.Get Pricing
Most shipping agents ask exporters to acquire BIETC certificate before the cargo can be loaded to the vessel. This number will also be depicted on the Bill of Lading. However, in certain cases, exporters can get away without mentioning the BIETC number on the Bill of Lading.Get Pricing
Yes. There is no restriction in terms of exporting tea into DR Congo. We can provide your FERI certificate if you have required documentsGet Pricing
Yes. Any party involved in the export process of the goods can apply for FERI certificate as long as they can submit the required documents to us via email.Get Pricing
They are both same kinds of waiver certificate. Just different country authorities call it their own way. FERI is a certificate name given by DR Congo authorities for the waiver they require from each sea shipmentGet Pricing
No. All the parties on the Bill of Lading will be the same on the ECTN certificate. If you want to hide the supplier name on the certificate for a transit shipment you will need to arrange a switch BLGet Pricing
A shipment going to Chad as a final destination in transit through Cameroon only need to get ECTN certificate for ChadGet Pricing
Yes, Even after validated, Cameroon BESC certificate can be corrected.Get Pricing
You need to get waiver document for Air shipment to Cameroon. But the application is filled only at arrival. This is the only kind of waiver which you can apply only at arrival.Get Pricing
A shipment to Burkina Faso in transit through Ivory Coast only need to get Burkina Faso ECTN certificateGet Pricing
Unless specifically required by your shipping line, the ECTN / BSC number for the subject country doesn’t need to be mentioned on the BL copy.Get Pricing
Yes. Angola authorities do not have a restriction in the age of heavy-duty vehicles that can be shipped into the country.Get Pricing
It depends on the country it has been loaded from. In certain cases, we can amend the certificate if the hard copy is not given to the courier. Even if the original hard copy has been released, we can still make an amendment at extra cost.Get Pricing
The DU document or Documento Unico is an Import Licence in Angola. A DU document is compulsory for all CNCA applications from 10/02/2015. A DU document has to be valid in terms of the Expiry date on field 25e. This document expiry date is normally 60 days from the date of DU issuance.Get Pricing
However, the Documento Unico or the Import Licence is exempt if a shipment will be cleared, at the destination, under Temporary Regime. Another instance where DU document is not an obligation is when the total FOB value is below 5000 USD.
In case of Temporary shipment, the exporter is required to submit a letter confirming the cargo is on the temporary expedition. In this type of expedition, a special format of DU number will be entered on the validated CNCA certificate.
You may also be asking weather ECTN or BSC certificate for your shipmentGet Pricing
[09:22] getctn visitor: we need to know which is the waiver needed for a shipment of 17×20′ container to TOGO as final destination, is it ECTN or just BSC?
[09:23] representative: those two are same certificates one is in English (ECTN) another is in French (BSC)
[09:24] representative: particularly for Togo the certificate is called ECTN
[09:24] representative: do you want me to explain you the procedures?
[09:27] getctn visitor: BESC is still the same certificate?
[09:27] representative: Yes, BESC is also another name for the same certificate
[09:32] V1520500499847206: ok, thank you. we’ll return to you for procedure and cost once the shipment will be ready
[09:36] representative: sure
[09:42] representative: thank you
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Q: How do I provide a Commercial invoice for household and personal goods to get ECTN certificate?Get Pricing
A: The authorities still require Proforma Invoice for ECTN certificate even though the shipment is personal goods. The value of the goods can be estimated and doesn’t have to reflect on the market value. As long as the description of goods and listed correctly and the HS Code is shown. Find the downloadable link for Google Sheets Proforma Invoice form which you can use for your own purposes.
Previous article : Do I Have to Mention ECTN Number on Master BL?
Q: Is it mandatory to mention ECTN number on Master Bill of Lading?Get Pricing
A: Certain Shipping Lines require ECTN certificate prior to load the cargo. In this case the shipping agent will have to write the ECTN number on Master BL. However, the universal requirement that is the same for all countries. Please refer to the FAQ of a specific country for this question.
International trade is in some cases more complicated than just seller and buyer terms. Some transactions may involve several parties in the form of manufacturer, intermediary, freight forwarder, local agent and importer/consignee. Which Party is responsible for BSC certificate in such cases?Get Pricing
Generally BSC is exporter obligation as it is their responsibility that commodity reaches final destination safely and get custom clearance. However, there is no specific requirement as of who has to apply for BSC. Any party related in the particular trade can request BSC certificate by sending an email to [email protected] As we say that, it is also worth to mention, there are some documents required to apply for BSC certificate. In the triangular trade, to apply for BSC we need the commercial invoice that if provided to the importer. This is the most important during this type of trade Previous article : Why After Carriage Value is needed to get Togo ECTN
Q: What is After Carriage Value?Get Pricing
A: After Carriage Value is the transportation charges between the port of discharge and the delivery address. This charge must be shown on the commercial invoice to obtain Togo ECTN.
Q: Why After Carriage Value must be shown on the commercial invoice to apply for Togo ECTN?
A: In some cases, especially when Incoterm is DAP (Delivery At Place), Togo Custom Authorities require After Carriage value along with FOB and Freight value to be depicted on the Commercial Invoice.
Previous article : Gabon BIETC Case Study
Hello, I am Jagan, Director of Operations at Shipwaves Logistics company in India. On September 2017 we shipped 2x40HC containers to Libreville, Gabon for the first time. Our shipment arrived to the destination only to be asked for the Loading certificate called BIETC. I know a lot about this certificate now, but didn’t know anything back then.Get Pricing
We have received a message from Customs Union, that if didn’t provide this document we would receive penalty up to Euro 40000, that is exactly same as the value of goods being sold. We have searched for a way around this and came across GetCTN.com to get this document. Kyle, the manager, was kind to explain the process of obtaining the Gabon BIETC certificate. However, as per Gabon Custom regulations, I was unable to get this document at this point as it was too late to apply. Kyle advised me to bring the cargo back to the loading port, get the BIETC certificate and then reload the containers. I did exactly that and saved almost Euro 30000 for the company.
The motive behind this Case Review post is that I know there are numerous other shippers who do not know about Gabon BIETC certificate. I want those people to note and avoid the situation our company has experienced. Make sure that you apply for the BIETC certificate as soon as possible. Otherwise you will receive penalty up to 100% of value of goods.
What is Cargo Tracking Note?
Cargo Tracking Note or CTN is an official loading certificate number many African countries require. CTN certificate contains detailed information on cargo and its movement between ports. CTN certificate must accompany any shipment to the required country before the cargo arrives at the port. To clear customs at the border, CTN certificates enable authorities to supervise and control import traffic.Get Pricing
Many Countries in the African continent require exporters to notify Custom Authorities about the shipment details before they arrive. CTN certificates, also known as waiver documents, enable Marine Custom Authorities to access information about exporter/importer, shipping route and methods, type and value of the cargo, the value of the freight as well as the details about commodity being carried. It is very important exporter submits the CTN certificates before the cargo arrives at its final destination.
Every country which requires a CTN has its own requirements. The whole process of obtaining CTN certificate is completed online. Once you attain all the required documents (can be found from the top menu), you can simply email them to [email protected]. The draft CTN document is prepared accordingly and sent for your revise and confirmation. After you give us green light on the draft CTN and clear the payment, validated CTN certificate will be sent to notify Authorities. Furthermore, we will send you a copy of the CTN certificate for your information. The whole of the process roughly takes 5 working days.
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INSTRUCTIONS for Cameroon BESC certificate are as follows: ● ECTN (BESC) must be presented to the CNSC (Cameroon National Shippers Council) within 5 days after the departure and 5 days before the vessel arrives to the port. ● Shipping or arrival without BESC or false information in ECTN results in a fine of an amount that is equivalent to the cost of the BESC, plus the regularisation charge determined by CNSC. Click the link for more Information and to Apply for Cameroon BESCGet Pricing
Previous article : D.R. Congo FERI regulations
INSTRUCTIONS for Democratic Republic of Congo FERI certificate are as follows: ● The FERI waiver certificate must be requested by the Charger BEFORE loading of cargo. ●Shippers or the forwarder agents have to submit FERI certificate 5 days before the vessel arrives to the territorial waters of Democratic Republic of Congo.Get Pricing
● Failing to submit the FERI certificate, cargo cannot get custom clearance and returned back to the origin ● If FERI is absent, to unload the container, the FERI issuance will be paid at the arrival, plus, a fine of %20 on the freight value. (409/021 – 23th March 1992) Click the link for more Information and to Apply for D.R. Congo FERI
In order to monitor all shipment volumes into the country, on March 23rd, 2007 n°01/MFB/SG/DGD, the Office Marine Customs for Madagascar has introduced a Bordereau de Suivi de Cargaison (BSC) – a cargo tracking note. The BSC is mandatory for every shipments into the country and a cargo can consequently not be delivered without this ceriticate.Get Pricing
- Failing to submit the BSC certificate, cargo cannot be cleared and will be sent back to origin.
- All containers, vehicles, bulk commodities, including air-freight must get BSC.
- Customs Declaration amendments at the destinations port are subject to a fine of 2500 USD per Bill of lading, plus regulations charge. This amount will be debited to the agency that requests the correction.
- Exporter or the forwarder agents have to submit BSC certificate 5 days before the vessel arrives to Madagascar Customs territory
Q: Do I have to present the original hard copy of BSC to authorities to get customs clearance for my cargo?Get Pricing
A: Most of the countries do not require the original BSC copy from an Importer. As long as you have a valid certificate number, you can have customs clearance for your cargo without a hassle. On the other hand, the importers in Angola must present the original CNCA certificate to the customs authorities. Authorities of Angola Marine Customs require all the waiver certificates to be in an original form.
The information and documents you send to us in support of your waiver certificate are treated with upmost confidentiality. Those documents are not permanently stored and all the information are secured with 256-bit encrypted SSL channels. Only our certificate issuing team and the relevant customs Authorities have access to it. Therefore you can be in peace whilst sharing the necessary documentations with us. Previous article: Can consignee release the shipment in Angola without original hard copy of CNCAGet Pricing
Q: Can consignee release the shipment in Angola without original CNCA?Get Pricing
A: Angola is the only country whose authorities require Importer to provide the original hard copy CNCA certificate before they can release the cargo. Every other country that mandates inbound shipments to accompany waiver certificate only require a copy of the certificate. However, in Angola, if you don’t send the original certificate to the importer, they can not clear the goods.
To the attention of all shippers, freight forwarders, economic actors: It has been brought to our attention that authorities are discontent with Benin BESC validations in Port Autonome de Cotonou, with extra charges of 50.000 FCFA. This attitude is against the rules and regulations. Please be reminded that all ECTN must be issued and validated at the port of loading.Get Pricing
INSTRUCTIONS for Benin BESC certificate are as follows: ● The BESC waiver certificate must be requested by the Charger BEFORE loading of cargo. ● All BESC must be validated NO LATER THAN 5 DAYS AFTER voyage departed. ● Failing to submit the BSC certificate, cargo cannot get custom clearance and returned back to the origin ● If the Transporter loads a cargo towards Benin without a draft BIETC reference number, he will receive penalty of 100% of the Freight manifest value for not complying to the Benin law Click the link for more Information and to Apply for Benin BESC
REGULATIONS for Togo ECTN certificate are as follows:Get Pricing
● Shippers or the forwarder agent have to submit ECTN certificate within 5 days before the vessel arrives to the Togolese customs. ● The ECTN waiver certificate must be requested by the Charger BEFORE loading of cargo. ● Draft Bill of lading is required in order to generate ECTN number. ●All ECTN must be validated NO LATER THAN 5 DAYS AFTER ECTN NUMBER IS GENERATED. Click the link for more Information and to Apply for Togo ECTN. Any questions, we are Live NOW
The following documentation is necessary to apply for Central African Republic ECTN certificate:Get Pricing
- Copy of original Bill of Lading
- Commercial invoice (We request you to reattach your invoice with country of origin of all items)
- Custom declaration
- Freight Invoice (Required only if value of Freight is not mentioned in the Commercial invoice)
Please send the available document to us for our colleagues to check and advise on missing papers. Any questions, feel free to chat with us!
Air shipment for certain countries is subject to BSC certificate. However, there are certain cases your cargo is exempt from obtaining waiver certificate. In terms of BSC certificate for air-shipments, every African country, except Madagascar, allow air shipments to pass custom declaration without obtaining Cargo Tracking Note. BSC Madagascar, on the other hand, is mandatory for every commercial shipment no matter the type of cargo, including the air shipment.Get Pricing
Freight invoice is mandatory document in order to apply for ECTN, BSC, BIETC, BESC waiver certificates. Although, outlook of the document is ought to change from one shipping line to another, the content of the form is unchanged.Get Pricing
Q: Please advise if we may send a final bill to you without the BIETC number? The implication is if we print the bill – we will pay an amendment and reprint fee should the BIETC be required to be on it.
A: Yes you may use BL without BIETC number. Bietc number doesn’t have to be written on BL.
In order to monitor all Côte d’Ivoire volumes, the Office Ivoirien des Chargeurs, in 2003, (OIC – the Ivorian Shippers Council) has introduced a Bordereau de Suivi de Cargaison (BSC) – a cargo tracking note. The order urged Shippers to apply for BSC with an exceptional decision of creating CTN/BSC at the destination port. However, allowing the recommendations of the National Workshop, in 2013, all shippers were informed that the exceptional decision of creating Cargo Tracking Note at the destination in the Ivorian seaports was repealed. Customs clearance is made not possible without the BSC at arrival and cargo can consequently be returned.Get Pricing
- Failing to submit the BSC certificate, cargo cannot be cleared and will be sent back to the origin.
- All containers, vehicles, bulk commodities must get BSC.
- Customs Declaration amendments are subject to a fine of 2500 USD per Bill of lading. This amount will be debited to the agency that requests the correction.
Sample certificate of origin document may be found on this page.Get Pricing
Export custom declaration is requested by some countries. Below you may find a sample document.Get Pricing
REGULATIONS for Gabon BIETCGet Pricing
The Gabonese Shipping Council’s (CGC) instructions are as follows:
● All cargo towards Gabon (in transit included) is subject to a BIETC (ECTN) declaration (compulsory),
● The BIETC declaration must be requested by the Charger BEFORE loading of cargo: This means even before there is a draft bill of lading.
● The BIETC reference number must be mentioned on the Bill of Lading,
● The BIETC declaration must be validated within 5 days after sailing from Departure,
● If the BIETC declaration was not filed by the charger before loading, the Gabonese customer will have to file the request at his side but against a penalty of
50% of the value of the Freight manifest, in order to recover his cargo,
● If the Transporter loads a cargo towards Gabon without a draft BIETC reference number or validated visa received from the Charger, he will be penalized for not complying to the Gabonese law (penalty of 100% of the Freight manifest value).
Before or after vessel departure, the period agreed to get this provisional BIC signed and stamped varies following regions:
AFRICA: 5 Days after vessel departure
AMERICA: 15 Days after vessel departure
ASIA: 10 Days after vessel departure
EUROPE: 5 Days after vessel departure
Please click the link to read Live Case Study from Shipper who received €40000 penalty
Q: Can you issue us certificate with date of issuance within 5 days of vessel sailing?
A: Yes we must issue the certificate even though it has been more than 5 days. Keep in mind that importer will pay penalty at the port of destination. If we don’t issue the certificate it will be penalties and 3-5 days of delay. So it is better to have CTN document.