In 2013Chad Customs Officials implemented a new regulation for the exporters. This regulation says that an ECTN certificate must accompany every shipment to Chad. And not having this certificate will cause serious consequences. Since Chad is a landlocked country, most of the sea transports are transferred from Cameroon, but the good thing is, a Cameroon certificate isn’t necessary, and an ECTN certificate only for Chad is enough. Click here to find out more on transit shipments.

Despite being a mandatory certificate and having a penalty in its absence, ECTN is one of the most missed certificates.

What is Chad ECTN?

ECTN stands for Electronic Cargo Tracking Note, and let me tell you that it pretty much explains itself with its name. It allows the authorities to trackmanage, and supervise all the shipments in the area. And it also gives them information about the shipments before they arrive at the destination. The certification contains detailed information about the exporter, the importer, information about the goods getting transported and their value, the cost of the freight, the type of shipment, the name of the vessel, etc. 

What are the required documents?

Chad ECTN Certificate

2-3 documents are all you need when applying for the ECTN certificate, and you can find them in the following:

  • Bill of Lading: This is a document that includes details about the exporter, the importer, the weight of the goods, the shipping line, the vessel name, etc.
  • Commercial Invoice: It contains details of the goods, the freight cost, the incoterm, and some other charges if there is any, etc..
  • Freight Invoice: It is only required if the commercial invoice doesn’t mention the freight cost.

What are the consequences of not having this certification?

The regulation says that you must have the certification validated five days before the vessel arrives at the latest, or you will have to pay a fine, equivalent of the ECTN cost plus the regulation charges determined by the Customs 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.