BIETC is one of the must have documents when exporting to Gabon. It will save you a lot of effort, money and time at the destination port. Let me explain what BIETC exactly is, then I will talk about the consequences of not having it.
I would like to remind you that a BIETC certificate is necessary for all ports at Gabon such as Libreville, Port of Gentil, etc.
What is BIETC?
BIETC, (Bordereau d’Identification Électronique de Traçabilité des Cargaisons) as I said in the beginning, is a mandatory document. The port authorities will be asking for this document once your cargo is at the destination port. It was made mandatory, because it allows the authorities to identify, control, track and forecast the traffic of imported goods.
On a side note I would like to mention that BIETC, BESC, BSC and CTN are all the same documents. Only differences between them are the countries they are issued for and their names.
Next up is the part where I explain the consequences I was talking about, buckle up!
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What will happen if you don’t have it?
First of all, you’ll be paying a fine up to $2500 since you don’t have the document. Secondly, your cargo won’t be cleared. Thus, it will be delayed. And on top of all that, you will be paying demurrage charges every single day until you have the document. Let me just say that your importer won’t be happy about all of this.
Also, if you are exporting to Gabon, you have 5-15 days after the departure to obtain the BIETC depending on the loading port. Contact us to learn how many days you have.
Now that you really understand the consequences, you might be asking how you can get one. I got you covered.
How you can obtain a BIETC
I’d say this is the easiest part of the operation since we’ll be doing most of the work for you. Let me elaborate:
All you have to do is to email the soft copies of the necessary documents (which I will mention after this part). After that, a draft of the BIETC document will be presented to you, so you can check if there is any part you want to be changed. And after approving the draft, you’ll be sent the validated BIETC in 1-2 working days.
Now you know how the process goes. I can now explain the documents that you are going to need when you are applying for the BIETC. Don’t forget that if you send the correct documents the process will be a lot faster! And when I say a lot, I mean a lot.
If you have all the required documents mentioned below, you can send the copies via email to get your BIETC certificate validated today.
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- Bill of Lading (Scanned Copy)
- Commercial Invoice (Scanned Copy)
- Freight Invoice (If the Commercial Invoice doesn’t include the Freight Value)
- Export Customs Declaration (Scanned Copy)
Acquiring the waiver saves you from additional costs for a small price. The cost for BIETC depends on the type of cargo (20ft, 40ft, Break Bulk, RO-RO, etc.), the number of containers, the number of Bills of Lading raised and the country of discharge for the shipment.
If you want to know how much the BIETC will cost, contact us for a free quotation.
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