The Libyan ECTN is a mandatory document for all cargo entering any port in Libya. This requirement was renewed on 1st January 2021.

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Without this certificate, there could be severe consequences and a substantial penalty for violating the regulation. However, if you are using Libya for transit purposes, in some cases, the ECTN certificate isn’t mandatory. The ECTN is obligatory for all ports in Libya, including Benghazi, Tripoli, and others.

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      Warning: Despite its mandatory and crucial nature, many people tend to miss and overlook this certificate. The rumors suggesting that the Libya CTN has yet to be introduced are false. We often hear from exporters who initially disregard the CTN requirement, only to discover later that they must pay for the certificate, incur penalties for late submission, and cover port storage costs when the cargo arrives. To your right, you can view a copy of the Circular published by the Customs Department of Libya.

      What is Libya ECTN?

      ECTN, standing for Electronic Cargo Tracking Note, is a term that succinctly describes its function. It enables authorities to track, manage, and supervise shipments from loading to discharge. Additionally, it provides essential information about the shipments before they arrive at their destination. The ECTN includes details about the exporter, the importer, specifics of the goods being transported and their value, the cost of the freight, the type of shipment, the name of the vessel, and more.

      What are the required documents?

      • Bill of Lading: It contains information about the exporter, the importer, the weight of the goods, measurements, the shipping line, the vessel name, etc.
      • Commercial Invoice: In this document, there is information about the goods value, the incoterm, the details of the goods, the number of goods, the freight cost, etc.
      • Freight Invoice: we ask this if the commercial invoice doesn’t include freight cost.
      • Export Customs Declaration: .
      • Certificate of Origin: Exporter will obtain this from chamber of commence in the origin country.
      • Statistical Code of the Libyan Companies: (ID numbers or VAT number or commercial registration number of the Libyan Company)

      What are the consequences of not having it?

      You must obtain the ECTN certificate at least five days before the vessel’s arrival at the destination port. Failure to do so will result in a penalty fee twice the amount of the ECTN, plus the regulation fee as determined by the Libyan National Port Officials. Additionally, you will be responsible for demurrage charges incurred due to the delayed start of the clearing process resulting from a late CTN application. There is also the risk of your cargo being rejected and returned to the port of origin on the same vessel.

      Why is the Libya ECTN mandatory?

      In order to assure adequate control, monitoring, and documentation of cargo entering the nation, the Libyan authorities imposed the ECTN requirement. It facilitates effective freight clearance and streamlines customs procedures.

      Do I need to obtain Libya ECTN?

      A valid ECTN must be obtained by all importers, exporters, or their representatives who are in charge of cargo shipments entering Libya. Both commercial and noncommercial shipments fall under this.

      Is it possible to apply for a Libya ECTN online?

      Yes, ECTN providers like us offer online service where you can submit your application and required documents electronically and receive your ECTN.


      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.

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