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In international trade, carefully following the customs regulations is necessary for smooth delivery of your cargo.

For businesses importing into Somalia, securing a CTN (Cargo Tracking Note) is a must step.

This electronic certificate validates compliance with Somalia’s customs regulations and also facilitates the smooth transit of your cargo. In this complete guide, we will take you through the step-by-step process of acquiring Somalia CTN, required documents, potential penalties, processing timelines, and other essential steps.

Somalia CTN is also known as ECTN, BSC or BESC.

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Understanding the Essence of CTN

Before diving deep into the intricacies of CTN process, it’s vital to understand pivotal role of Somalia CTN. This electronic cargo tracking note stands as a prerequisite for goods destined for Somalia.

It serves as an evidence that you follow the nation’s customs regulations, avoiding potential delays, fines, or cargo rejections upon entry in Somalia.

Step 1- Compiling Essential Documentation

Begin your journey towards obtaining the Somalia CTN. It requires accurate compilation of essential documents as listed below:

  1. Bill of Lading (B/L): This document contains vital cargo particulars, including type, quantity, destination, and shipment terms.
  2. Commercial Invoice: This commercial invoice provides a comprehensive details of the commercial transaction between buyer and seller. It delineates the cargo’s value and payment terms.
  3. Freight Invoice: This document shows financial dimension of your cargo transportation, the freight cost document contains freight charges, handling fees, and other related costs.

Step 2- Hiring Authorized Consultant like us

Now you need to hire officially recognized consultant like us at This move will take the burden off your shoulders to process your CTN application. These experts possess a deep knowledge and experience on Somalia’s customs regulations and will play a crucial role to navigate through the process and get you the CTN. They assist in document validation, correspondence and facilitate the seamless submission of your CTNapplication.

Step 3- Application Submission

Your consultant will now submit your application after making sure that all the information is correct and complete. Precision and attention to detail is required any inaccuracies could lead to potential delays.

Step 4- Document Scrutiny and Validation

Upon submission, Somalia’s customs authorities will review your application and documents. Depending on cargo specifics, additional scrutiny and validation might be conducted.

Your consultant will ensure that prompt correspondence is being done between all parties to make sure that your scrutiny and validation goes smoothly.

Step 5- CTN Issuance

Following successful scrutiny and validation, Somalia’s customs authorities will issue the CTN certificate. This document serves as evidence that your cargo follows Somalia’s customs regulations, authorizing its import.

The validity period of the CTN certificate depends on multiple factors such as time, cargo type and final destination.

CTN Processing Timeframe

We provide draft CTN within 24 hours depending on submission. CTN can take from a day to a few weeks due to reasons like backlog volume at the authority, complexity of the documents, time of submission, holidays etc.

Penalties and Adherence

Neglecting to adhere to CTN regulations can lead to penalties, ranging from fines to shipment delays. To avoid such consequences, make sure you take care and attention to detail. Working closely with your BSC provider is very important.

Are you ready to get your Somalia CTN?

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