Nigeria ICTN

ICTN is a mandatory document for all ports in Nigeria

We also have many exporters regularly obtaining ICTN, ECTN for Nigeria from us. Our exceptional team is ready to support exporters and freight forwarders of the United States of America 24/7. Contact us now for a Free Consultation.

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    What is ICTN?

    ICTN is a mandatory loading document for all shipments to Nigeria. It is also known as CTN and BSC. It was determined as a regulation in 2019 by the Nigerian Shippers Council.

    Failing to present the ICTN document will lead to severe consequences and a hefty fine.


    According to this law, every cargo that has been purchased from abroad and transported for commercial, business, in some cases diplomatic and personal purposes require a Loading Certificate called ICTN – International Cargo Tracking Note.

    The shipper or the freight forwarder is responsible for acquiring the ICTN 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 be matched with all documents if it is not Cross trade.

    According to Nigeria Customs regulations, all cargoes to Nigeria must be accompanied by an ICTN certificate.

    The ICTN certificate must be validated five days before the vessel arrives at the latest.

    Shipments who arrive without ICTN or with false information on the ICTN gets charged twice the certificate cost plus the regulation charge determined by the Nigerian National Port Officials.

    FAQs related to Nigeria ICTN Certificate

    Do I have to obtain a waiver certificate, for Nigeria in transit via Benin?

    If you are using Benin as a transit point for Nigeria, you do need to get a BESC certificate for Benin. Your goods could not be cleared at any port without BESC certification.

    Can I use the same ICTN number for various shipments?

    No, ICTN is unique and reserved only for one shipment. Every shipment must have a validated ICTN number.

    General FAQs

    What is GetCTN?

    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.

    How do you ship the hard copy of the certificate?

    The hard copy of the certificate isn’t necessary at all. Instead, the whole process is completed online.

    What is a Bill of Lading

    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.

    What is Commercial Invoice?

    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.