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, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Ivory 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 track, manage, 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?
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. Otherwise, you would have to pay a fine, equivalent to the ECTN cost, plus a fee determined by the Customs Officials. Having an ECTN certificate is not mandatory if the FOB value is under CFA 3,000,000 ($5500 roughly).
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.