Equatorial Guinea implemented a new regulation in 2000 that made all shipments to Guinea obliged to be accompanied by an ECTN certificate. If this certificate is absent, there will be severe consequences and an enormous penalty. It is mandatory for Bata and every other port. In some cases, there might be an exception where the ECTN certificate isn’t necessary if you are using Equatorial Guinea for transit purposes.
Although a certificate as crucial as this one mustn’t get missed by anybody who is exporting to Equatorial Guinea, it is one of the most overlooked certificates.
What is Equatorial Guinea ECTN?
ECTN means Electronic Cargo Tracking Note, and as you might guess by the name, it is used by authorities to track, manage, and supervise all shipments from loading to discharge. It also provides them the necessary information about the shipments before they arrive at the destination. It contains 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?
- 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 necessary if the freight cost is not on the commercial invoice.
- Export Customs Declaration: Customs Officials of the exporter country prepares this document, and it lists the goods being transported and contains some important details of them.
What are the consequences of not having it?
The regulation states that the certificate must be delivered five days before the vessel arrives at the latest. If you don’t meet these requirements, you would be facing a fee twice the amount of the ECTN cost plus the regulation fee determined by the Equatorial Guinea 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.