ECTN is a compulsory document for all shipments to EQUATORIAL GUINEA


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All ports in Equatorial Guinea will need an ECTN (Electronic Cargo Tracking Note) starting on January 1st, 2021, for all imports and exports. Prior to shipment, this essential document must be secured; otherwise, there may be delays and perhaps even fines. Obtaining an ECTN is an easy and simple process. On behalf of their clients, shipping firms or their representatives should apply for the document, and the ECTN will be provided within 24 hours. The only details needed are the names and addresses of the shipper, the consignee, and the Bill of Lading (B/L) number. The B/L number must remain the same for many shipments in order for the ECTN to be utilised. The ECTN is valid for one year. A new ECTN must be obtained if the B/L number changes. The ECTN is free, and there is no need to renew it every year. The government of Equatorial Guinea has implemented a number of new maritime regulations, including the ECTN.

    Ships must have the ECTN (Equatorial Guinea Certificate of Navigation) in order to navigate the territorial waters of Equatorial Guinea. The Directorate General of Merchant Marine (DGMM) issues certificates that are valid for a year. The following documents must be supplied in order to receive the certificate: - Retailer registry - A seaworthiness certificate, an insurance certificate, a roster of the crew, the captain's passport, and evidence that the registration price has been paid. All vessels, including those used for fishing, that enters Equatorial Guinean seas must have an ECTN.

    These actions must be taken in order to receive an ECTN in Equatorial Guinea:
    1. A current passport is a need.
    2. A current visa is required.
    3. A letter of invitation from a business or person in Equatorial Guinea is required.
    4. A return ticket is required.
    5. You must have a confirmation letter from the host institution or proof of hotel arrangements.
    6. You must demonstrate that you have the resources to sustain your stay in Equatorial Guinea.
    7. Immunization records are required.
    8. At least 15 days before your arrival in Equatorial Guinea, you must submit your application to the Directorate General of Consular Affairs.
    9. You have to pay the required fees.
    What details must I provide in my application for an ECTN?
    You must supply the following details in order to apply for an ECTN:
    • Your name
    • The name of your business
    • Your contact details
    • A description of the shipment's contents
    • The item's Harmonized System (HS) code

    An ECTN is valid for how long?
    The validity of an ECTN is one year from the date of issuance.

    How can I submit an ECTN application?
    Through an online application platform run by the Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Investment, ECTN applications can be submitted.
  • Bill of Lading
  • Commercial Invoice
  • Freight Invoice (required if the freight amount is not specified on commercial invoice)

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