In 2013, Chad Customs Officials introduced a new regulation for exporters. According to this regulation, every shipment to Chad must be accompanied by an ECTN certificate. Failing to have this certificate will result in serious consequences. Despite being a landlocked country where most sea transports are transferred from Cameroon, it’s important to note that a Cameroon certificate is not necessary, and an ECTN certificate for Chad alone is sufficient.

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Despite its status as a mandatory certificate and the penalties associated with its absence, ECTN is often one of the most overlooked certificates.

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      What is Chad ECTN?

      ECTN stands for Electronic Cargo Tracking Note, and as the name suggests, it plays a self-explanatory role. It enables authorities to effectively track, manage, and supervise all shipments in the area. Furthermore, it provides them with valuable information about shipments even before they reach their destination. This certification contains comprehensive details about the exporter, importer, information regarding the transported goods and their value, freight costs, shipment type, vessel name, and more.

      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?

      According to the regulation, you must ensure that the certification is validated at least five days before the vessel’s arrival, and this is the latest possible deadline. Failure to comply will result in a fine, equivalent to the cost of the ECTN, in addition to 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.

      How long does it take to get Chad ECTN certificate?

      We provide draft Chad ECTN certificate within 24 hours. We provide certificates to exporters all over the World.

      Which ports in Chad require (cargo waiver) ECTN certificate?

      All ports require ECTN in Chad. Chad is a landlocked country, which means it does not have direct access to any seaports. Therefore, Chad relies on neighboring countries and their ports for international trade and import/export activities. Below are the top 5 shipping ports used for trade with Chad.

      • Port of Douala (Cameroon):
        The Port of Douala is the largest and busiest port in Cameroon and serves as a major transit point for Chad’s imports and exports.
      • Port of Lomé (Togo):
        The Port of Lomé is located on the coast of Togo and serves as a regional hub for maritime trade. It is commonly used by landlocked countries in West Africa, including Chad.
      • Port of Cotonou (Benin):
        The Port of Cotonou is another significant port in the region and serves as a gateway for trade in West Africa. It is utilized by Chad for its import and export activities.
      • Port of Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire):
        The Port of Abidjan is the largest port in Côte d’Ivoire and plays a crucial role in facilitating trade in the region. Chad may utilize this port for its international trade.
      • Port of Pointe-Noire (Republic of Congo):
        The Port of Pointe-Noire is located in the Republic of Congo and serves as a gateway to Central Africa. It may be used by Chad for its trade activities, although it is relatively further from Chad compared to the other ports mentioned.

      Which countries are the biggest exporters to Chad?

      1. China
      2. France
      3. United States
      4. Belgium
      5. Cameroon
      6. Netherlands
      7. Germany
      8. United Arab Emirates
      9. India
      10. Thailand
      11. Turkey
      12. Italy
      13. South Korea
      14. Spain
      15. Switzerland
      16. United Kingdom
      17. Brazil
      18. Malaysia
      19. Russia
      20. Canada

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