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In 2019, the Nigerian Shippers Council implemented a new regulation, making ICTN mandatory for all shipments to Nigeria. Any cargo that is not accompanied by an ICTN certificate will cause severe consequences and a penalty. But if you are using Nigeria for transit purposes, in some cases, ICTN is not required.

Although it is mandatory and crucial, it is one of the most overlooked certificates.

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      What is ICTN?

      ICTN stands for International Cargo Tracking Note, and it pretty much explains itself with its name. Because it allows the authorities to trackmanage, and supervise all cargos from loading to discharge. It also allows them to gather information about the shipments even 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: This is only required if the freight cost isn’t on the Commerical 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 must be validated five days before the ship’s arrival at the latest. If you don’t provide it by then, you will be facing twice the amount of the cost of the ICTN plus the regulation charges determined by the Nigerian 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.

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