Conseil National de Chargeurs Togolais implemented a new regulation in 2000 that made all shipments to Togo mandatory to have a CTN certificate. And if this certificate is absent, there will be severe outcomes and an enormous fine. Togo’s ports are often used for transit purposes, but regardless of the reason you are using their ports, you still must have a CTN certificate. Click here to find out more on transit shipments. The CTN is an obligation for all ports in Togo, including Lome.
Being mandatory and crucial for the process, some might think that it would be hard to miss this certificate. But actually, it is one of the most overlooked certificates.
What is Togo CTN?
The name Electronic Cargo Tracking Note or ECTN, for short, explains the purpose of the certificate pretty well. Because it is a certificate that helps the authorities to track, manage, and supervise the cargos from loading to discharge. It also provides information about the shipments before they even arrive at the destination. It contains details about the exporter, the importer, the value of the goods, the amount of the items, etc.
What are the required documents?
- 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 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 necessary when the freight cost isn’t on the commercial invoice.
- Export Customs Declaration: This document contains information about the goods getting transported and has a detailed description of them.
What are the consequences of not having this certificate?
The ECTN certificate must be validated five days before the vessel arrives at the destination at the latest. If you fail to provide the certificate, you will be facing a fine twice the amount of the ECTN cost plus the regulation charges determined by the Togolese National Port Officials.
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.