If you are shipping to Africa you must get a waiver certificate which also called as ECTN, CTN, BSC, BESC or CNCA documents. You may go directly related countries regulation page by clicking the name of the country.
Some national ports are subject to pre-registration of the shipment. This used to be called a wavier destination, but these days it is referred to as the BSC (Bordereau de Suivi des Cargaisons) or Cargo Tracking Note (CTN).
ECTN: Electronic Cargo Tracking Note
BSC: Bordereau de Suivi de Cargaisons
🇦🇴 Angola CNCA, 🇧🇯 Benin BESC, 🇧🇫 Burkina Faso ECTN, 🇧🇮 Burundi ECTN, 🇨🇲 Cameroon BESC, 🇨🇫 The Central African Republic, 🇹🇩 Chad BESC, 🇨🇩 The Democratic Republic of Congo FERI, 🇬🇶 Equatorial Guinea ECTN, 🇬🇦 Gabon BIETC, 🇬🇼 Guinea Bissau CEE, 🇬🇳 Guinea Conakry ECTN, 🇨🇮 Ivory Coast BSC, 🇱🇷 Liberia CTN, 🇱🇾 Libya ECTN, 🇲🇬 Madagascar BSC, 🇲🇱 Mali BSC, 🇳🇪 Niger BSC, 🇳🇬 Nigeria ICTN, 🇨🇬 The Republic of Congo ECTN, 🇸🇳 Senegal BSC, 🇸🇱 Sierra Leone ENS / BSC, 🇸🇸 South Sudan ECTN, 🇹🇬 Togo CTN
What is Waiver Certificate?
The waiver that you are responsible to provide as an exporter or freight forwarder, is a special document which has major data from BL, invoice and export decleration. These information get together in Waiver document (ECTN) and submitted to related governments database.
The waiver for the shipping industry includes all the information of the involved parties, the values/ description and the volume of the goods, shipping information and other relevant information.
It helps the Customs Authorities to observe, control and manage the import traffic effortlessly.
The waiver which has also many other names like CTN, BSC, BESC, ENS, CNCA (ARC), BIETC (BIC), CEE, FERI (AIR-FERI), ECTN is mandatory mainly for the West African countries and also for some North and Central African Countries.
Regardless of the type of shipment, mostly sea shipments but also air and road shipments for some countries, you need to get the waiver certificate.
Bulk, Breakbulk, Ro/Ro, Container, Groupage, General Cargo and even the Diplomatic Cargoes. In this regard, it is one of the most egalitarian enforcement in the continent.