The DR Congo Authorities introduced the FERI certificate as a requirement in 2011 for sea-cargo. And later on, this regulation was implemented for road and air-cargo as well. This regulation makes FERI a mandatory certificate. And if it’s missing, it will cause severe consequences, and it will get you a hefty fine. The FERI certificate is an obligation for all ports. Including Matadi, Boma and Banana.
Despite being mandatory and crucial for the process, it is still one of the most overlooked certificates.
What is FERI?
FERI stands for Fiche Electronique Renseignement a L’Importation, which is Electronic Cargo Tracking Note, ECTN in English. You can pretty much guess what it is from its name. It is a certificate that allows authorities to track, manage, and supervise all the cargos from loading to discharge. It also provides them with information about the shipment before it arrives at the destination. It contains details 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: It contains details about the exporter, the importer, the weight of the goods, the shipping line, the vessel name, etc.
- Commercial Invoice: It includes 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.
- FXI Number: The importer must provide this number. It is not mandatory.
What are the consequences of not having this certificate?
You have to validate the FERI certificate after the next five days of departure. If you fail to provide it, your cargo won’t have an entry clearance; and will be sent back to the origin. There is also a penalty that goes up to $2500 plus the cost of the FERI certificate. absent
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.