Gabon authorities issued a new regulation in 2010. And it states that a BIETC certificate must accompany all shipments to Gabon. And the absence of it will cause severe consequences and high amounts of penalties. However, if your shipments final destination isn’t Gabon, in some cases, you don’t have to have this certificate. The BIETC is mandatory for all ports in Gabon. Including Port of Gentil, Libreville etc.

Despite being mandatory and crucial, the ECTN is still one of the most overlooked certificates.

What is BIETC?

BIETC stands for Bordereau d’Identification Électronique de Traçabilité des Cargaisons, which in English means Electronic Cargo Tracking Note (ECTN). ECTN pretty much explains itself. It is used by the authorities to track, manage, and supervise all cargos from loading to discharge. It also allows them to have information about the shipment even before it arrives at the destination port. It includes details about the exporter, the importer, the goods getting transported, the vessel name, the prices, etc.

What are the required documents for BIETC?

Gabon BIETC Certificate

All you need is 3-4 documents that you can find in the following:

  • Bill of Lading: It contains details about the exporter, the importer, the weight of the goods, the shipping line, the vessel name, etc.
  • Commercial Invoice: It includes the details of the goods, the freight cost, the incoterm, and some other charges if there is any, etc.
  • Freight Invoice: This is a document, only required if the freight cost is not on the commercial invoice.
  • Export Customs Declaration: Customs Officials of the exporter country prepares this document, and it lists the goods getting transported and has a detailed description of them.

What are the consequences of not it?

You have about 5-15 days after the departure, depending on the loading port, to validate the BIETC. Authorities are so strict about this subject that if you fail to submit the certificate within the time frame, you will have to pay a fee up to $2.500 plus the regulation fee determined by the Customs Officials. Your cargo won’t have an entry clearance; and will be returned to the origin.


Certificate cost depends on the number of Bill of Ladings and the containers, the country of origin, the port of discharge, etc. This is why we can’t give you an exact price for the CTN. But if you share your shipment’s details with us we can provide you the best charges for your certificate. We offer free quotation.