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Electronic Cargo Tracking Note

The Republic of Niger is a landlocked country in West Africa. It is bordered by 7 countries: in the North-North West by ALGERIA in the North-East by LIBYA, CHAD in the East, in the South by NIGERIA, in the South-South-West by BENIN and in the West-South-West by MALI/BURKINA FASO.

In 2009 the Niger Port Authority and the Customs and Excise Department issued a decree that all cargo arriving at their borders must have a Cargo Tracking Note (CTN) or Bordereau de Suiv de Cargaison (BSC).

Some shipping lines may not load cargo without the CTN number.



Documents and Informations required

  • Bill of Lading (Final B/L for validation)
  • Commercial invoice: currency must be mentioned in $ or €
  • Freight invoice in the same currency (not needed in case the freight charges are mentioned on the commercial invoice)
  • Export Customs Declaration (Optional)
  • Country of Origin of the goods

Additional information

  • According to the Republic of NIGER Custom regulations, all cargo shipped to Niger requires an ECTN waiver.
  • A pre-validated ECTN document should be completed and validated within 5 working days. If not, the ECTN will be cancelled. All costs involved will be for the applicant’s account.


  • Submit the required documents by email or online.
  • You will be sent a draft and an invoice, typically within the same day.
  • Once your payment has been received and you approve the draft, a validation will be sent.


  • The ECTN must be validated before the vessel arrives at the destination. No regularization at destination port.
  • The process can typically be done within 24/48H after receipt of payment.


  • Cargo arriving without a Cargo Tracking Note may be subject of fines and delays.
  • Cargo Tracking Notes will not be issued at discharge port.