2000 was the year that the Bangui Customs Officials implemented the regulation that made ECTN mandatory for all shipments to the Central African Republic. And if this certificate isn’t delivered, there will be severe consequences and a penalty. The Central African Republic is a landlocked country, so all sea cargoes are generally transported from Cameroon. But you only need an ECTN for the Central African Republic. Click here to find out more on transit shipments.

ECTN is a mandatory certificate. However, most people still miss and overlook this certification despite being an obligatory certification.

What is Central African Republic ECTN?

ECTN stands for Electronic Cargo Tracking Note. ECTN pretty much explains itself. Because it is a certificate that allows the authorities to trackmanage, and supervise all shipments from loading to discharge. It also provides information about the cargos before they even 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?

Central African Republic ECTN Certificate
  • Bill of Lading: It contains details about the exporter, the importer, the weight of the goods, the shipping line, the vessel name, etc.
  • Commercial Invoice: It includes the details of the goods, the freight cost, the incoterm, and some other charges if there is any, etc.
  • Freight Invoice: This is only a requirement 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.

What are the consequences of not having it?

The ECTN certificate must be validated five days before the arrival of the vessel at the latest. If not, there would be a fine twice the amount of the ECTN cost plus the regulation charges determined by the Central African Republic 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.