ECTN Electronic Cargo Tracking Note

The Electronic Cargo Tracking Note (ECTN) is an important document for all cargoes shipping to applicable African countries, providing crucial information on cargo before it arrives at the discharge port. This document plays a pivotal role in helping authorities in verifying the legality and duty of the cargo, ensuring that all regulations and laws are adhered to.

Improved Cargo Tracking

Before the beginning of the ECTN system in participating countries, authorities had limited knowledge of arriving cargo until reading of the vessel’s papers upon arrival. The system has, therefore, been a significant improvement in the shipping industry, providing advanced information to authorities in a timely manner.

To obtain the ECTN, the shipper, freight forwarder, or representative must apply with specific supporting documents.

It is important to note that the number of days may vary depending on the country. Failure to apply for an ECTN at the port of loading and within days after vessel leaves may result in delays and fines.

Cost of ECTN

The cost of the ECTN is based on the tariff issued by different African countries, and it is used to improve security. It is vital to deal directly with authorized issuers to avoid any extra costs.


In conclusion, the ECTN provides advanced information on cargo to authorities before its arrival at the destination port.

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