Get your CNCA Angola document easily and avoid customs clearance hassles.

Known as ARC, this Cargo Tracking Note (CTN) has been a must-have since Angolan Customs Officials introduced it in 1994. It’s essential for all cargo going into Angola.

No matter what you call it – CNCA, CNC, CTN, or ARC – it’s the same important certificate.

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    Angola was among the first countries to implement this requirement, and it continues to be in effect. This document is so crucial that failing to comply with the regulations can result in severe consequences and penalties. The CNCA is mandatory for all ports in Angola, including Luanda and Lobito ports.

    CTN, in other African countries, can still be considered new, however in this case, despite being a requirement twenty-six years old, it is surprisingly an often overlooked certificate. 

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      What is CNCA?

      CNCA, also known as ARC in most Portuguese-speaking countries, stands for Conselho Nacional de Carregadores de Angola.

      This certificate, either called a loading certificate or a waiver, is mandatory for every shipment destined for Angola. It’s required at every Angolan port, like Luanda and Lobito. The CNCA gives authorities the information they need to track, manage, and monitor shipments from the moment they’re loaded until they’re discharged. It provides details about shipments before they arrive. The certificate includes information about the exporter, the importer, the goods being transported, the vessel’s name, and more.

      What are the required documents?

      Angola CNCA Certificate
      • 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 contains the details of the goods, the freight cost, the incoterm, and some other charges if there is any, etc..
      • Freight Invoice: This is only a requirement if the freight cost is not on the Commercial Invoice.
      • Documento Unico: This document is an Import License in Angola. It is also known as DU. When applying for a CNCA, DU’s expiry date has to be valid. It is generally 60 days from the date of DU issuance.

      Overview of Vehicle Importation Policies in Angola

      Under the rules set by the Angolan Government, anyone importing a vehicle into Angola must have an authorization letter issued by the ANTT (Agencia Nacional dos Transportes Terrestres). This requirement applies to all vehicles, whether new or second-hand, with the condition that light vehicles are within 5 years of age and heavy vehicles within 8 years.

      What are the penalties of not having the CNCA?

      The CNCA must be validated five days before the arrival of the shipmentat the latest. If the waiver isn’t validated or you don’t have it at all, you will face a fine up to $5000 and twice the amount of the CNCA cost. Angola authorities ask for the hard copy of this certificate. But due to Covid-19a soft copy is also accepted at the moment.


      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.

      How long does it take to get Angolan CNCA certificate?

      We provide draft Angolan CNCA certificate within 24 hours. We provide certificates to exporters all over the World.

      Which ports in Angola require (cargo waiver) CNCA certificate?

      The top 5 shipping ports in Angola are:

      These five ports—1) Luanda 2) Lobito 3) Namibe 4) Soyo, and 5) Cabinda— these are the major shipping ports in Angola, facilitating the movement of goods, commodities, and resources in and out of the country.

      • Port of Luanda:
        Located in the capital city of Luanda, it is the largest and busiest port in Angola. It serves as the primary gateway for international trade and handles a significant volume of cargo.
      • Port of Lobito: Situated in the city of Lobito, the Port of Lobito is the second busiest port in Angola. It is strategically located on the Atlantic coast and serves as a major trade hub for various commodities.
      • Port of Namibe
        Located in the city of Namibe. The Port of Namibe is an important shipping port in Angola. It plays a crucial role in facilitating trade in the southern region of the country.
      • Port of Soyo:
        Situated in the city of Soyo, the Port of Soyo is a significant port in Angola. It is strategically located near offshore oil fields and serves as a vital hub for the country’s oil and gas industry.
      • Port of Cabinda:
        Located in the city of Cabinda, the Port of Cabinda is an important shipping port in Angola. It serves as a key gateway for the export of petroleum and other natural resources from the Cabinda province.

      Above are the Top 5 ports in Angola that require CNC Certificate.

      What are the most imported items in Angola?

      1. Machinery and mechanical appliances
      2. Vehicles and automotive parts
      3. Electrical machinery and equipment
      4. Mineral fuels (including oil)
      5. Pharmaceuticals and medical equipment
      6. Iron and steel products
      7. Plastics and plastic products
      8. Food products and beverages
      9. Textiles and clothing
      10. Chemical products

      Above are the Top 10 most imported goods in Angola.

      Frequently Asked Questions:

      Who needs to obtain a CNCA certificate?

      All cargo entering Angola is required to have a CNCA certificate. In many cases, if you are using Angola as a transit you also need CNCA, contact us to know if you could be exempted.

      What information is included in the CNCA certificate?

      The CNCA certificate includes details such as the shipper’s information, consignee’s information, cargo description, and vessel details.

      How can I apply for a CNCA certificate?

      You can compile all the required documents like bill of lading, commercial invoice, freight invoice and others then apply for CNCA through authorized CNCA consultants like us.

      Is the CNCA certificate valid for multiple shipments?

      No, each shipment requires a separate CNCA certificate.

      What are the consequences of not having a CNCA certificate?

      Cargo that does not have a valid CNCA certificate may face delays, fines, or even rejection at the Angolan ports.

      How long does it take to get a CNCA certificate?

      The processing time for a CNCA certificate may vary, but it is typically obtained within a few working days. We provide draft certificate within 24hours.

      Are there any exemptions from obtaining a CNCA certificate?

      Certain categories of cargo, such as diplomatic shipments, are exempted from the CNCA requirement. Ask us or your consultant to confirm.

      Can I apply for a CNCA certificate online?

      Yes, CNCA service providers like us at offers complete process to easily provide you the CNCA certificate.

      Is the CNCA certificate transferable?

      No, the CNCA certificate is specific to the shipper and consignee that is mentioned in the certificate.

      Are there any specific packaging requirements for CNCA-certified cargo?

      There are no specific packaging requirements to obtain the CNCA certificate.

      What’s the validity period of a CNCA certificate?

      The CNCA certificate is typically valid for a single shipment and becomes invalid once the cargo reaches its destination.

      Can I apply for a CNCA certificate after the cargo has already shipped?

      No, the CNCA certificate must be obtained before the cargo is shipped to Angola. Contact us for more accurate information.

      Are there any additional fees associated with the CNCA certificate?

      Yes, there are processing fees associated with obtaining the CNCA certificate. Contact us to get Free Quote.

      What documents are required to apply for a CNCA certificate?

      The required documents may include the commercial invoice, bill of lading, packing list, and any other relevant shipment documents.

      Can I cancel or modify a CNCA certificate once it has been issued?

      Generally, CNCA certificates cannot be canceled or modified once issued. It is important to provide accurate information during the application process. Contact us for more info.

      How can I track the status of my CNCA certificate application?

      We provide updates on the application status via email and phone.

      Are there any specific labelling requirements for CNCA-certified cargo?

      There are no specific labelling requirements associated with the CNCA certificate. However, it is advisable to follow standard cargo labelling practices.

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