Loading...
Definitions2018-12-30T03:49:55+00:00

DEFINITIONS

  • FDI (Fiche de Declaration a l’importation) in English it translates to Import Declaration Form.  This document must be acquired by the Consignee and is required in order to get CTN’s from some countries.
  • Commercial Invoice – this document is a detailed invoice and description of the goods that are being sold and shipped from the origin to the destination in Africa. This document is provided by the consignee.
  • Freight invoice – this document is a detailed invoice of what the freight charges are to ship the goods from the origin country to the destination in Africa. This document is provided by the exporter or freight forwarder.
  • Customs Export Declaration – is a US Department of Commerce Form that acts as a Shipper’s Export Declaration. It should be used for US export shipments of cargo the value of which is at least $2,500. Some African countries require this document in order to obtain a CTN.
  • EEI (Electronic Export Information) – Electronic Export Information is the electronic export data as filed in the Automated Export System (AES). This data is the electronic equivalent of the export data formerly collected as Shipper’s Export Declaration (SED) information. This information is now mandated to be filed through the Automated Export System or Automated Export SystemDirect. This document is provided by the exporter.
  • Certificate of Origin – A certificate of origin is a document used in international trade. In a printed form or as an electronic document, it is completed by the exporter and certified by a recognized issuing body, attesting that the goods in a particular export shipment have been produced, manufactured or processed in a particular country. This document is provided by the exporter.
  • Certificate of insurance – The importer must obtain the insurance for the transport of the goods into Africa.  The certificate is provided by the consignee.
  • Packing List – a detailed list of the goods that are being shipped. This document is provided by the exporter.
  • GUOT – GUOT is the acronym for single window customs system used in Republic of Congo. Import declarations are matched with ECTN documents in order to validate and confirm the values on documents. Validations are permitted only if ECTN matches the values in GUOT. This document is provided by the consignee.
  • Bill of Lading – A bill of lading (sometimes abbreviated as B/L or BoL) is a document issued by a carrier (or their agent) to acknowledge receipt of cargo for shipment. They are used in international trade to ensure that exporters receive payment and importers receive the merchandise.  All African countries require a copy of the BL when applying for a CTN.

These are the common names for CTN to the West African countries listed. Countries use different names to these certificates but they are all very similar in practice.  AfricaCTN has more than 10 years of experience handling these types of documents for each of these countries.