2001 was the year Burkina Faso decided to implement the regulation that made ECTN mandatory for all shipments except air cargo. And since Burkina Faso is a landlocked country, all sea transports must be made from neighboring countries with a coastline. For instance, GhanaTogoBeninIvory Coast, etc. If you are exporting to Burkina Faso, you must obtain an ECTN certificate for the country you use the port of too*. Since the ECTN is a mandatory certificate, its absence demands severe consequences.

*Click here to find out more on transit shipments.

What is Burkina Faso ECTN?

ECTN means Electronic Cargo Tracking Note, and it is a certificate, which most of the Western and some Central African countries made mandatory. All shipments with Burkina Faso as their final destination must be accompanied by it. ECTN gives authorities the ability and the information to trackmanage, and supervise the shipments from loading to discharge. It contains details about the exporter, the importer, the value of the goods, the amount of the items, etc. 

What documents do you need?

Burkina Faso ECTN Certificate

All you need is 2-3 simple documents, and you can find them in the following:

  • Bill of Lading: This document contains details about the exporter, the importer, the shipping line, the container numbers/chassis numbers (if there is any), etc.
  • Commercial Invoice: It contains prices (the goods, the freight, and the insurance values, etc.), the incoterm, the details of the goods.
  • Freight Invoice: This document is only mandatory if the freight cost is not on the Commercial Invoice.

What consequences can you face if you don’t have it?

You have to have an ECTN certification five days before the vessel arrives at the latest. The cargo may be stopped and result in delays during clearing by the Customs Officials if correct documentation is not submitted. Having an ECTN number on the Bill of Lading is not mandatory unless shipping line is pursuing this.


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.