In the year 2000, Guinea Conakry implemented a new regulation for shipments coming into Guinea Conakry’s shores. This regulation said that an ECTN certificate must accompany all shipments to Guinea Conakry, and without one, there will be severe consequences and a huge fine. It is mandatory for both Conakry and Kamsar ports. And if you are using Guinea’s ports for transit purposes, in some cases, it isn’t necessary to have an ECTN certificate.
You would be surprised if you knew how many people overlook this certificate despite being crucial and mandatory.
What is Guinea Conakry ECTN?
ECTN or Electronic Cargo Tracking Note, pretty much explains itself with its name. Because it gives authorities the ability and the information to track, manage, and supervise all cargos from loading to discharge and provide information about the shipments before they even arrive at the destination. It includes 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?
- 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. It also has to contain an issue date and a shipped on board date.
- 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 isn’t 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.
- Tax Payer’s ID: It is also known as the NIF Number. The importer must provide it.
What are the consequences of not having it?
ECTN must be validated five days before the vessel arrives at the latest. And in its absence, you would have to pay twice the amount of the ECTN cost plus the regulation fee determined by the Guinea Conakry 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.