ECTN is a compulsory document for all shipments to SUDAN


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In October 2020, the government of Sudan introduced a new trade measure called the Electronic Cargo Tracking Note (ECTN). The ECTN is an electronic system that tracks the movement of cargo in and out of Sudan. The ECTN replaces the paper-based system that was previously in place. The ECTN is a requirement for all imported and exported goods and must be obtained prior to shipment.

The ECTN must be obtained from the designated Sudanese agency, which is the Sudanese Customs Authority. The ECTN system will help to streamline the movement of goods in and out of Sudan, and will provide Sudanese Customs with real-time information on the movement of cargo. The ECTN will also allow for the electronic tracking of payments made for goods imported into Sudan. The ECTN is a positive step forward for Sudan and will help to improve the efficiency of the country's trade.

    Procedure for getting an ECTN of Sudan The first step is to complete an application form which can be obtained from the Directorate General of Customs.

    The form must be signed by the applicant and the shipping company, and include the following information:
    • The applicant's name and address
    • The name and address of the shipping company
    • The name and address of the consignee -A description of the goods to be shipped
    • The estimated value of the goods
    • The Harmonized System (HS) code of the goods
    • The route of the shipment

    The date of the shipment Along with the completed application form, the following documents must also be submitted:
    • A letter of credit
    • A commercial invoice
    • A packing list
    • A bill of lading

    After the application form and required documents have been submitted, the Directorate General of Customs will issue an ECTN which must be presented to the shipping company prior to the shipment of goods.
    What details are necessary to receive an ECTN ?

    The following details are needed in order to obtain an Ectn Sudan:
    • Shipper information
    • Consignee information
    • Notifier information
    • Bill of lading or air waybill number
    • Description of goods
    • HS code of goods
    • The net weight of goods
    • Value of goods Online submission of the ECTN application is required at least 5 days before shipment.

    How long does it take to receive an Ectn Sudan?

    The ECTN can be obtained up to 3 days after the application has been filed.
  • Bill of Lading
  • Commercial Invoice
  • Freight Invoice (required if the freight amount is not specified on commercial invoice)

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