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Important Notices


NOTICE TO CUSTOMERS:

SPECIAL NOTICE FOR DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO - VEHICLES -- As of 4 April 2017 the Democratic Republic of Congo have modified import regulations allowing older vehicles to be imported into the DRC. The previous limitations of vehicle age to 7 and 10 years of age have now been modified to 20 years. Review the DR Congo page on this web site for specifics of vehicle types.

EFFECTIVE JUNE 14, 2016 -- June 14, 2016 - The DRC now requires an “GUICHET UNIQUE” or FXI number to be included on the FERI (Cargo Tracking Note) document. The GUICE reference is called FXI and is a progressive number given to the importers when opening their Import license. Therefore, insertion at origin (Port of loading) of FXI number on the FERI and other documents will enable to verify correct execution of importation’s tasks from the importer at destination and prevent delays and extra charges.





SPECIAL NOTICE FOR REPUBLIC OF EQUATORIAL GUINEA
REPUBLIC OF EQUATORIAL GUINEA -- EFFECTIVE WITH BILL OF LADING DATE JULY 1, 2016 the Republic of Equatorial Guinea will require all cargo destined for their ports be covered by an ECTN (Electronic Cargo Tracking Note) which must be obtained at the loading port within ten days of vessel sailing. No ECTN will be issued at the discharge port.

Each Bill of Lading must be covered by at least one ECTN and the ECTN and its unique number must appear on the Bill of Lading and Cargo Manifest. Cargo not covered by a valid ECTN will not be cleared through the local Customs until presentation of the valid ECTN and appropriate fines will be charged.

Commercial International Services LLC is the authorized agent for North America, Mexico and Central America. Further information can be obtained at www.africactn.com or through inquiries at info@africactn.com




SPECIAL NOTICE FOR REPUBLIC OF GUINEA-BISSAU
REPUBLIC OF GUINEA-BISSAU -- 31 May 2016 Effective immediately, the Republic of Guinea-Bissau Ministry of Transport and Communications have terminated the authority of S.C.C.Lisbon to issue the ECTN mandatory for all cargo destined for Guinea-Bissau. Only ECTN validated by Antaser and their authorized agents will be accepted. Commercial International Services LLC, Houston Texas www.africactn.com is the Antaser authorized agents in North America, Mexico and Central America. Any cargo arriving in Republic of Guinea-Bissau without a validated ECTN by authorized agents will be blocked for clearance and delivery.




SPECIAL NOTICE FOR SUDAN
SUDAN ECTN REQUIRED EFFECTIVE B/L DATE JUNE 1, 2016
-- Effective with Bill of Lading date June 1, 2016, the Customs Authority of Sudan require that an Electronic Cargo Tracking Note (ECTN) is required for all cargo destined for Sudan to be obtained at the loading port.

One ECTN is required for each Bill of Lading and the ECTN number must be included in both the Bill of Lading and the Cargo Manifests. Failure to do so will result in fines and cargo will not be cleared by the Sudanese Customs until the ECTN is obtained and fines paid. No ECTN will be issued at Sudan for cargo destined for Sudan and must be obtained at loading port.

The ECTN may be obtained for all loadings from Commercial International Services LLC. info@africactn.com




SPECIAL NOTICE FOR KENYA
KENYA TO REQUIRE ECTN ON ALL CARGO
-- Commencing March 18, 2016 Kenya will conduct a trial period through May 31, 2016 of requiring the ECTN on all cargo destined for Kenya. At the conclusion of this trial period the Shippers’ Council of East Africa (SCEA) will evaluate the effectiveness of the program and determine if permanent implementation in Kenya (and possible other countries in the sub–region will be required. The trial period will be without charges.





SPECIAL NOTICE FOR TOGO
NOTICE TO AUTO SHIPPERS TO TOGO EFFECTIVE FEBRUARY 4, 2016 -- Togolese Authority has ordered that every vehicle destined for Togo must have a separate and individual ECTN certificate. As example, a container containing three vehicles must have three separate ECTNs. Each vehicle will be billed separately under the Togolese tariff. If containers contain cargo in addition to the vehicles, an additional ECTN is also required for the container.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: TOGO CARGO TRACKING NOTE (ECTN) CHANGES EFFECTIVE FEBRUARY 4, 2016 -- The Togolese Government has announced that effective today February 4, 2016 a temporary tariff adjustment for all ECTN. The new rates are applicable only from February 4, 2016 through February 29, 2016.

Tariffs are valid until February 29th 2016 only - beginning March 1st a revised tariff structure will be put in place. Please contact our office, info@africactn.com for updated pricing that will be valid as of today, February 4th until February 29th.


November 1, 2015 -- Effective December 1, 2015 Togo government will cease allowing Togolese Importers to apply in Togo for the ECTN. All sea cargoes arriving in Togo after that date will be required to secure the ECTN in the country of loading. Cargo not having the official Antaser ECTN obtained at the loading country will cause shipping lines and receivers to be fined and receivers unable to clear their cargo until a valid ECTN obtained at the loading is presented. ECTN numbers should be listed on the Bill of Lading and the cargo manifest.

August 1, 2015 -- Effective Bill of Lading date August 1, 2015 Togo will require all cargo arriving into or from their country to be covered by an ECTN (Electronic Cargo Tracking Note). Under the authority of Interministerial Order No. 001/MEF/MCPSP/MTPT/DC dated April 8, 2015 all shipments to or from Togo (transit cargoes included) are required to be covered by an ECTN issued and validated at the loading port.

Each Bill of Lading must be covered by at least one ECTN and its unique number is required to be inserted in the Bill of Lading and Cargo Manifest under penalty of fines.

Cargoes not covered by a validated ECTN will not be cleared through the local Togo Customs until presentation of the final ECTN and appropriate fines will be charged.




SPECIAL NOTICE FOR LIBYA
OCTOBER 1, 2015 -- Effective with bill of lading date October 1, 2015, Libya will now require the ECTN (Cargo Tracking Note) to be issued at the port of loading for all cargo destined for Libya. Caution, that cargo will not be cleared through local Libyan customs without a valid ECTN. Information for companies exporting from the USA can be found at:
http://libya.usembassy.gov/business_faq.html




SPECIAL NOTICE FOR REPUBLIC OF GHANA
March 2015 -- Effective March 1, 2015 Ghana Shippers Authority under the authority of Regulations # L.I. 2190 by the Parliament of the Republic of Ghana will require “Advance Shipment Information” (ASHI) document, validated at the loading port, covering each Bill of Lading for maritime shipments arriving at the seaports of Ghana. The ASHI will be mandatory for all imports into Ghana effective Bill of Lading date 1st day of March 2015.

The validated ASHI document is a requirement for all cargo clearance through Customs at the seaports of Ghana. Any shipment not accompanied by a validated ASHI document CANNOT be cleared through Customs and the appropriate penalties as enshrined in the law shall apply.

All Shipping Lines operating to the seaports of Ghana are required to quote the validated ASHI number on its Bill of Lading and cargo manifested issued in respect of cargo shipped to the seaports of Ghana.

ASHI validations can be requested through Commercial International Services LLC.




SPECIAL NOTICE FOR BURUNDI
April 2014 -- Burundi Ministerial Ordinance No. 540/409 becomes effective with Bill of Lading date April 1, 2014 and now requires that all cargo destined for Burundi must obtain an ECTN at loading port. No ECTN will be issued at destination.  ECTN numbers must be included in ships manifest before acceptance by the Burundi port and customs authorities.  Cargo arriving in Burundi without the ECTN will be subject to fines ranging from USD10,000.00 to USD50,000.00.




SPECIAL NOTICE FOR DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO EXPORTERS, SHIPPERS AND CARRIERS March 2014 -- The DRC has implemented increased enforcement of the requirement that all cargo arriving at their ports or cross border land transport must be covered by the FERI document. Regardless if the shipment is discharged directly at DRC ports, transshipped from foreign ports or cross border land transport, the FERI document must be obtained. Failure to obtained this document will result in possible fines, delays or refusal to allow the cargo to land in the DRC. The DRC advised that the FERI should be obtained no later than ten days after the departure of the vessel from the loading port. FERIs will not be issued at discharge or landing place and must be issued at loading.




DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO NEW PETROLEUM CARGO REQUIREMENTS
February 2014 -- The Ministry of Hydrocarbons has decreed that all petroleum products and bulk shipments destined for the DRC are required to obtain the FERI in the country of loading. Petroleum cargoes arriving in the DRC without the FERI may be subjected to delays and penalties. No FERIs will be issued at the Democratic Republic of Congo.




IVORY COAST Effective March 25, 2013, the Office Ivoirien Des Chargeurs (OIC) has repealed the creation of Cargo Tracking Notes (CTN or BSC) at destination in Ivory Coast ports. In the OIC “Announcement to Shippers No. 01/PCA/DFAC/2013” it is essential that Cargo Tracking Notes be handled in the country of loading of the imported goods or the exporter’s country.

No CTN/BSC will be issued at the Ivory Coast.



CHAD Effective April 1, 2013, Commercial International Services will be authorized to issue CTN’s for all cargo destined for the country of Chad. As per Decree No. 04/PR/PM/MTAC/2013 dated January 3rd, 2013 and the interimimisterial Order No. 145/MTAC/SGG/2013 Under Minister of Infrastructure, Transport and Civil Aviation decree No.247/MIT/DC/2014 decrees that each shipment with the destination of the Republic of Chad needs to be covered by an ECTN. and… "every bill of lading and ship’s manifest must contain the corresponding ECTN number issued at the port of loading. Any Shipping Line not observing the above mentioned regulations risks to pay the stipulated fines amounting to 100% of the value mentioned on the ECTN, payable at the transit port".






For any further information, you’re requested to contact:

COMMERCIAL INTERNATIONAL SERVICES, LLC
12345 Jones Road, Suite 152
Houston, Texas 77070-4855
Phone: 281-477-3233
Fax: 832-592-9309
Email:info@africactn.com