CHANGES TO BENIN ECTN EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 1, 2019
Further to recent announcement from General Management of Customs Authorities in Benin, please note that as from Sept 1st 2019 (discharge date), all cargo for destination Cotonou will require a Cargo Tracking Note.
This includes cargo in transit.
It is the shipper’s responsibility to supply the Carrier with the CTN, which needs to be inserted in the body of the Original Bill of Lading and manifests. Some shipping lines will continue to accept and load cargo not yet covered by CTN, but CTN must be provided by time of final bill of lading instructions.
Late submissions will be in the form of a manifest amendment and subject to usual fees.
Cargo that arrives in Cotonou without a CTN in place will be kept onboard and returned to origin with usual additional freight and costs for account of the shipper.
There is no option to have CTN arranged locally.
Bureau International Maritime of Benin declared in 2006 that all sea cargo arriving in their country requires a Cargo Tracking Note (CTN) or Bordereau Électronique de Suivi des Cargaisons (BESC). Some shipping lines may not load cargo without the CTN number. Cargo arriving without a Cargo Tracking Note may be subject of fines and delays.
No CTN will be issued at discharge port.
VEHICLE TITLE IS REQUIRED IF SHIPPING AN AUTO.