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What is a CTN?
A Cargo Tracking Note (CTN) is a document used in international shipping to track and monitor cargo. It contains information about the cargo and its journey, such as the consignee, consignor, vessel details, and ports of loading and discharge.
All exports and imports (including those in transit) to the Gambia must obtain a CTN Certificate starting on May 15, 2023. All goods being imported and exported from the Gambia must comply with the new regulation.
Failing to present the CTN 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 CTN.
Both the shipment reference and the goods description fields on the bill of lading require the CTN reference number to be included.
The shipper, exporter, or freight forwarder is responsible for acquiring the CTN 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.
- Export Customs Declaration – Details have to match with all documents if it is not cross-trade.
- According to the Ministry of Ports and Marine Transport, all cargo to Gambia must be accompanied by a CTN certificate.
- The CTN certificate must be validated five days before the vessel arrives at the latest.
- The cargo can’t be cleared if a valid CTN certificate is not provided.
- Shipments that arrive without CTN or with false information on the CTN get charged twice the certificate cost plus the regulation charge determined by the Gambian Government.
FAQs related to Gambia CTN Certificate
The Gambia CTN requirement is intended to improve customs processing for goods entering The Gambia. It is designed to facilitate effective risk management, ensuring compliance with trade legislation before cargo is loaded. The CTN system assists authorities in tracking and monitoring cargo from its origin to its final destination, offering visibility into the movement of commodities and allowing for better customs planning and control. The Gambia authorities hope to expedite trade procedures, decrease fraud, improve security, and increase transparency in international trade by implementing the CTN requirement on 15th May 2023.
The Electronic Cargo Tracking Note (ECTN) and the Cargo Tracking Note (CTN) are the same documents with different names. The formal name of the number on the CTN certificate for the Gambia is known as Entry Summary Number (ENS).
It depends on the country it has been loaded from. In certain cases, we can amend the certificate.
No, CTN is unique and reserved only for one shipment. Every shipment must have a validated CTN number.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Trade, Regional Integration & Employment is authorised to assign necessary powers to various government departments to implement and enforce the CTN requirement for all import and export consignments in the Gambia.
The specific information required to be included in the CTN documentation for The Gambia may vary slightly depending on the nature of the cargo and the applicable regulations. However, here is the summary of the certificate with compulsory details
The CTN certificate can’t be created for LCL shipments using the House Bill of Lading. However, that doesn’t mean LCL shipment doesn’t require a certificate. The required certificate must be obtained using a Master Bill of Lading for the whole groupage.
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.
The hard copy of the certificate isn’t necessary at all. Instead, the whole process is completed online.
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.
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.