Djibouti Ports and Free Zone Authority has decided to apply the ECTN procedure for shipments heading to or leaving Djibouti ports.
It will be mandatory as of June 15th, 2023 and should be obtained from the port of loading by the shippers, exporters, or freight forwarders. The ECTN number must also be written on the bill of lading.
ECTN is a loading certificate issued based on the transportation documents mentioning the kind and quantity of the cargo, freight, and goods value and shipment details (container details, loading & discharge port and dates, etc.). CTN is issued for each Bill of Lading and has a unique number just for subject transportation / Bill of Lading; therefore, each Bill of Lading needs its own CTN certificate/number.
Why is CTN / Cargo Tracking Note Necessary for the Djibouti?
CTN or any other loading certificate does inform the port authorities regarding the arrival date of the cargo and quantity, allowing the authorities to be prepared for the discharge operations in advance. CTN also prevents corruption by stating the actual price of the imported goods, and forwarding below mentioned transporting documents shortly after loading the cargo, assuring authorities all transportation documents are authentic and in order.
Why must you obtain a Djibouti ECTN Certificate for your Shipments?
The cargo will not be cleared at customs without a valid CTN certificate/number. Since cargo can not be cleared at customs until a valid CTN is presented, the demurrage fee will be in question in addition to a penalty fee at customs.
Which Documents are Necessary for CTN?
- Bill of Lading
- Commercial Invoice
- Freight Invoice
Points to Consider for Djibouti Shipments
- All shipments into or out of Djibouti require a ECTN certificate. Without one your cargo may not be cleared from customs and may also result in a penalty fee.
- CTN certificate is issued based on the transportation documents submitted online, and a physical examination of the cargo will not be necessary.
- Validation of the certificate will take 2 to 3 days and is under the authorities’ initiative.
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