Flag of Gabon ECTN - Gabon

In order to ensure proper customs clearance of cargo, all shipments to Gabon must be duly accompanied by a “BORDEREAU D’IDENTIFICATION ÈLECTRONIQUE DE TRACABILITÉ (BIETC)”, also called Electronic Cargo Tracking Note (ECTN) or Cargo Waiver. The responsibility for compliance with these regulations lies with the shipper of the goods. The BIETCs have to be approved by the responsible parties/authorities within 10 calendar days of the ship's departure; the corresponding number of this certificate must be noted in the cargo documents (bill of lading, cargo manifest). Incoming cargo without a valid/approved BIETC will not be cleared/delivered in the receiving country and will result in penalties from the authorities in Gabon.

Required documents and information:

  • Copy bill of lading, correctly dated
  • Commercial invoice with separately stated FOB goods value and ocean freight costs (otherwise an additional ocean freight invoice or ocean freight declaration is required)
  • Transshipment details during the ocean voyage
  • Export customs document

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