BESC is a compulsory document for all shipments to CAMEROON


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The Electronic Cargo Tracking Note (ECTN) is a document which is now mandatory for all shipments of cargo departing from the port of Douala, Cameroon. The ECTN replaces the paper-based Bill of Lading and is a requirement of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

The ECTN is an initiative of the Cameroonian port authorities and the IMO to improve security and efficiency in the shipping industry. The ECTN allows for real-time tracking of cargo shipments and provides a tamper-proof record of the shipment. The ECTN is also intended to streamline the customs clearance process and reduce the risk of fraudulent shipments.

The ECTN system was piloted in the port of Douala in 2016 and is now mandatory for all cargo departing from Cameroon. All shipping lines operating in the port of Douala are required to participate in the ECTN system.

The ECTN is a positive step forward for the shipping industry in Cameroon. The real-time tracking of shipments will improve security and efficiency, and the tamper-proof record will help to reduce the risk of fraud.

    ECTN of CAMEROON The ECTN is a document required for the shipment of certain types of goods to Cameroon.
    The ECTN is obtained from the National Agency for the Promotion of Investments (ANAPI), which is the competent authority in Cameroon.

    To obtain an ECTN, the following documents must be submitted to ANAPI:
    • a completed and signed ECTN application form
    • a commercial invoice
    • a packing list
    • a bill of lading (or air waybill) ANAPI may request additional documents as needed.

    Once the ECTN is issued, it must be presented to the shipping company in order to have the goods shipped. The ECTN is valid for one year from the date of issue.
    How is Cameroon Ectn obtained?

    An ECTN can be obtained by the registered consignor or their authorized representative prior to shipment.

    Why is an Cameroon Ectn required?

    An Cameroon Ectn is required in order to facilitate the electronic tracking of shipments of cargo and to ensure that the proper customs duties and taxes are paid.

    What information is required to obtain an ECTN?
    In order to obtain an Cameroon Ectn, the following information is required:
    • Identity of the registered consignor
    • Name and address of the shipper
    • Name and address of the consignee
    • Port of loading
    • Port of discharge
    • Description of the goods
    • Value of the goods
    • Weight of the goods
    • Volume of the goods.
  • Bill of Lading
  • Commercial Invoice
  • Freight Invoice (required if the freight amount is not specified on commercial invoice)

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