Republic of Chad ECTN


The Chad ECTN certificate is a crucial document for shipments, mandatory for vessels due to customs clearance requirements.

ECTN stands for Electronic Cargo Tracking Note, a requirement for West African customs that ensures the tracking of cargo. More detailed information about ECTN is available on our page: What is ECTN? What is CTN?

The necessity for obtaining the Chad ECTN certificate stems from a decision made by the Republic of Chad’s Port Authority and Customs Authority on January 18, 2013, to implement a new ECTN system for customs clearance.

Which Documents are Mandatory for the Chad Cargo Tracking Note?

To prepare for the ECTN process, you need to provide the following obligatory documents:

  • Bill of Lading Document (The final copy of your B/L is acceptable)
  • Copy of Commercial Invoice (A final draft is accepted)
  • Freight InvoiceĀ (Only if the freight cost is not mentioned on the commercial invoice)

Who Needs to Obtain the Chad CTN Certificate?

This is a common query among shipping companies. The answer is simple: Exporters.

Consequences of Not Having a Chad ECTN Certificate

Lack of an ECTN certificate can lead to several issues:

  • Demurrage charges will be applied to the exporter if the ECTN is not issued.
  • The importer will face difficulties in clearing the goods at the destination.
  • The goods will incur storage charges as they wait in the warehouse until the ECTN is issued.

It’s advisable to ensure the ECTN document is in order for any country in Africa to avoid such issues.

Chad Cargo Tracking Note Regulation

Since April 1, 2003, Chad has been utilizing the Cargo Tracking Note application. An approved operator may apply for the ECTN waiver on behalf of the cargo owner in specific circumstances.

Failure to present a valid ECTN declaration or generated number results in a fine of up to $2,500 per Bill of Lading, in addition to the regular charges determined by Chad Customs.

Republic of Chad ECTN Regulation

Republic of Chad’s Import and Export Volume

Chad’s economy, with a Purchasing Power Parity of $30 billion, largely depends on agriculture and livestock, reflecting the livelihood of its people.

Import Items:

  • Machinery
  • Transportation Equipment
  • Industrial Goods
  • Food
  • Textiles

Total Imported Fee: $3.512 billion (as of 2012)

Import Partners (2015 data):

  • France 16.5%
  • China 14.2%
  • Cameroon 11%
  • The United States 6.4%
  • India 6%
  • Belgium 5.7%
  • Italy 4.8%

Export Items:

  • Arabic Gum
  • Oil
  • Cotton
  • Cattle

Export Partners:

  1. The United States 58.5%
  2. India 13.3%
  3. Japan 11.3%
  4. China 4.1%

This trade data was sourced from Economy of Chad – Wikipedia as of 2015.

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