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Gabon BIETC Certificate

We are the fastest organization to provide BIETC for Gabon.

BIETC is required for all shipments to Gabon, Libreville, Owenco, Mayumba or any other port.

BIETC certificate is an official loading document that must be accompanied by every cargo shipment with Gabon as the final destination. The BIETC requirement was implemented by Gabon Customs officials in 2010, obliging all Exporters / Freight Forwarders to obtain this certificate for each shipment before they touch Gabon ports. Failing to present the BIETC document at request will lead to severe consequences and a hefty fine.

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GETCTN is the fastest representative of Gabonese Customs Counsil (GCC) for issuing BIETC certificate. BIETC stands for Bordereau d’Identification Électronique de Traçabilité des Cargaisons.

Gabon BIETC must be requested by the exporter or his deputy (freight forwarder). Note that you only require BIETC certificate to Gabon if it is your final destination. Contact us if you need further information on how to obtain BIETC(former of BIC) certificate, or to find out if it is necessary for your freight.


BIETC waiver for Gabon can be issued with the following documents:

  • Bill of Lading – a Draft copy can be used for the draft. Original copy has to be provided with the date of issue before the validation.
  • Commercial Invoice – HS code, Country of origin, pack. type, amount of package and unite price have to be mentioned for each item. Also, Incoterm has to be mentioned.
  • Export Customs Declaration – Details have to be matched with all documents if it is not Cross trade.

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You do not need to worry about filling in BIETC application form or register to any account when you apply for Gabon waiver certificate with GetCTN. After you share the required documents, our certificate issuing team in Dubai, India, New York or Holland will issue your BIETC number.


  • According to Gabon Custom regulations, all cargo shipped to Gabonese ports requires a BIETC certificate.
  • Shipping or arrival without BIETC or false information in BIETC results in a fine of an amount up to $2,500, plus the regulation charge determined by Customs officials. Thus, we at GetCTN encourage you to apply for your certificate as soon as possible.
  • 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:
    • 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

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  • Failing to submit the BIETC certificate, cargo cannot be cleared and will be send back to the origin.
  • Vehicles older than 3 years to be imported into Gabon.

The Gabon BIETC certificate is mandatory for each of the following:

  • Per BL for containers (Maximum 10 Teus per BSC i.e. 10 x 20′ container or 5 x 40′ container)
  • Per vehicle by RORO (wheeled)
  • Per BL for the break bulk. ( Max 300 tonnes per BSC)

If you are using Gabon ports for transit shipments, you are exempt from ECTN in certain cases. Contact us to obtain Gabon BIETC certificate now, or to find out if it is necessary for your freight.

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Gabon Circular Note

Since the original text is all in French, we wanted to share it in both English and French for you. This article includes the Circucal Note which is completely original published by Gabon Port Regulation.

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Mishri Limbu CTN Customer

I was given the responsibility of looking after logistics of a substantial, 500 container project that had to be shipped from India to Burkina Faso in an around 6-month timeframe for building cement grinding plant. Initially, I knew nothing about ECTN certificate. Given the volume and the risk of the project, I was allocated a full week for ECTN research. Finding has led to the successful accomplishment of my groundwork within several minutes. Now the whole project is completed and I want to thank the Getctn team for their patient support over the past 6 months.

Mishri Limbu

As a group of industrial engineering students we had crowd funded project to build water sources in several parts of African continent. In order to ship necessary materials and recourses waiver certificates were mandatory. We are more than grateful for GetCTN timely service which in a way was also cheaper than others.

Michael Weils, Southampton University
Óliver-Moya-Freixa-Customer consistently delivers excellently timed certificates. We have enjoyed working with them for the past several months obtaining Benin BESC and Liberia CTN certificates. If we are unclear with procedures of applying for CTN document for a new country, the getctn team member explains it over a phone call. Now we consider them a strategic business partner and plan to work many more years.

Óliver Moya Freixa

On September 2017 my containers to Libreville got blocked at the port because I didn’t have BIETC certificate. GetCTN team led by Kyle was very helpful in advising me how to avoid paying huge sums of money. I can say that GetCTN has saved me €30000.

Jagan Mohan, Shipwaves
Tobias H.

Using as our waiver provider has actually increased our client’s satisfaction and saved money in terms of unnecessary bank charges. We used to get certificate all over the place and had to pay bank charges for each certificate. Now we get all our CTN certificates from Getctn for all of the 7 countries we export to. We make credit once a month and they deduct the certificate cost each time they validate one for us. Supper fast and economical, not to mention the convenience of getting all your certificates from one place.

Tobias H.

I am start-up cargo shipment founder in China. I often request validating certificate to Africa from Kyle is always very helpful

Na Wang

Tom is an expert not only in Cargo Tracking Note but also in the whole international logistics sector. At the very first conversation with him, you realize that he has been in this business for many years. His knowledge, his advice has truly contributed to the growth of my freight forwarding business.

Olivia Xian

Before I came across, I submitted applications to many agents claiming to be issuing Angola CNCA document. I got only 2 replies. First, within 3 minutes, explaining the details of how to apply and what documents required. The speed that Kyle and his team operates at is just outstanding. Just check it yourself. Submit your interest for waiver certificate and get your answer in 5 min.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Gabon BIETC penalties2019-03-20T20:39:46+00:00


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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.

Gabon BIETC regulations

Can we send final bill to you without the BIETC number?2019-03-20T20:37:22+00:00

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.

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A: Yes you may use BL without BIETC number. Bietc number doesn’t have to be written on BL.

Gabon BIETC Case Study2019-03-20T20:21:50+00:00

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.

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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 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.

Is it mandatory to mention Gabon BIETC number on Bill of Lading?2019-03-20T20:01:36+00:00

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.

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Is BIETC certificate necessary for LCL container?2019-03-20T20:01:22+00:00

Yes. Gabon Authorities require BIETC certificate for each HBL in the LCL load.

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Can I apply for BIETC number before vessel sailing?2019-03-20T20:00:27+00:00

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.

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When do I need to apply for Gabon BIETC certificate?2019-03-20T20:00:12+00:00

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:

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  • 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
We are working on a sale of a Caterpillar from Germany to Gabon, which was manufactured in 1988. Can we get BIETC for this?2019-03-20T19:58:20+00:00

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.

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What will be the fine if the validation period is overdue for BIETC certificate?2019-03-20T19:58:07+00:00

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.

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Can I make amendments to a validated Gabon waiver document?2019-03-20T19:57:53+00:00

No, Unfortunately, once validated, the BIETC certificate to Gabon cannot be revised in any way.

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