CNCA, or CTN in English, is a requirement implemented by the Angola Customs Officials in 1994Angola is one of the first countries to implement this new requirement, and it is going on since. It is a document so important that if you do not meet the regulations, you will face severe consequences and penalties. The CNCA is obligatory for all ports in Angola, such as 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. 

What is CNCA?

CNCA stands for Conselho Nacional de Carregadores de Angola. It is a loading certificate or a waiver and every shipment that has Angola as their final destination must obtain this certificate. It is mandatory for every port in Angola. Such as Luanda, Lobito, etc. This certificate provides the authorities with the necessary information to trackmanage, and supervise the shipments from loading to discharge. It also gives information about shipments even before they arrive. It contains details about the exporter, the importer, the goods that are getting transported, the vessel name, etc.

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.

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.