Required Documents for ECTN Certificate
The ECTN was created to give more protection to African countries, and give them an extra financial income.
The ECTN was created to give more protection to African countries, and give them an extra financial income. While the ECTN requirement is widely practiced in the African continent, some countries have argued in favour and against such regulation without any action, others are enjoying the benefits of the system to better manage the flow of goods through customs. Right now there are over 24 countries that use this system to track the shipments to their countries.
To apply for the ECTN certificate, certain cargo related documents must be provided to a relevant authority to check and ultimately certify the cargo. Here are the documents you will be asked if you need to apply for ECTN certificate:
- Copy of Bill of lading (Master BL)
- Commercial Invoice
- Freight Invoice
- Packing List
- Export Customs Declaration
- Certificate of Origin
- Local Certificate of Insurance
- FDI document
- DU / Minco
- GUT Document
- Import License
- FXI number
Please note that some of the documents are only applicable to specific countries. For instance, you are only obliged to provide a Local Certificate of Insurance and FDI documents to obtain an Ivory Coast BSC certificate and if it is the final destination of your consignment. If you are sending goods to Angola, you will need to ask the importer to secure a DU or Minco document. Also, while GOUT is required to ship goods to the Republic of Congo, FXI is unique to importers in D.R. Congo.